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I'm not a huge fan of Coldplay or anything, but their latest song is very nice. What I find particularly special and more importantly; refreshing about the song is the sub-orchestral music which accompanies the lyrics themselves. Apart from the obvious beat, the music is made up mainly of strings and timpani, which as we all know is not exactly a common occurrence in the world of popular music. The melody itself is about as simplistic as they come and that is of course a great thing, Viva La Vida is one helluva catchy record and I'm glad it made number one in the UK sales chart, indeed they're something of an institution here. It's nice when something a little more unconventional, more my taste, makes the top spot.

Have you heard it yet?

Link to iTunes commercial

Link to song. <--- Listen!

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I pretty much hate and disregard all mainstream music, but any British band must be good. I liked their song that was on the Garden State soundtrack, and this one is pretty good too.

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I pretty much hate and disregard all mainstream music, but any British band must be good.

Ah. Glad you cleared that up.

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I pretty much hate and disregard all mainstream music, but any British band must be good.

You have clearly not heard a lot of British music. We have some shocking bands around, especially the ones that are paraded as "great." Then again, I put Coldplay into that bracket.

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I personally think Coldplay are overrated, but I do like a few of their songs, this one especially. In fact it is their best one yet, for me. But yeah, as Charles just stated, we are suffering a bad and prolonged spate of bland, repetitious bands at the the moment. Basically, everyone sounds the same. Most of the current bands all sound like the SAME band. It's depressing.

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Well that's why I don't listen to mainstream music. But:

Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Elton John, Arctic Monkeys, and I guess you could add Coldplay. Nothing is better than British rock.

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I love 'em, but then again they are probably the only mainstream British rock band I've heard, aside from Coldplay.

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The Arctic Monkeys especially, meld into everyone else. I can't stand 'em.

Ditto.

I honestly can't think of one current UK band that I like. It all just melds into one big pile of either MOR blandness or garage-band hell regurgitated in the form of a thousand bad Ramones tribute acts.

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Agreed and if anything, I prefer the stuff the American equivalents are producing more than pretty much anything here in the UK lately.

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Either way, he is very welcome to share his thoughts on the subject of popular music.

Who knows, he may turn out to be full of surprises :P:mrgreen:

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Coldplay are a bit like a ham and cheese tosti. taste fine, absolutely nothing wrong with it.

But you don't go to a restaurant to order it.

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Either way, he is very welcome to share his thoughts on the subject of popular music.

Who knows, he may turn out to be full of surprises :o:D

I can discuss the 60's, 70's, and 80's, and even some 90's but I'm pretty sure after that the term popular music became meaningless, as things like vocal talent, writing talent, melodies, etc all went out the window.

Let me ask this, are there any "greats from the 00's,(I really don't know) or all all the greats from previous era's.

and GE, I'll give it a listen later this evening.

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I hear & see the commercial on TV all the time.

The song doesn't make my ears start bleeding but I will admit I'm not a big fan of modern music. My love for pop, rock, soul and R&B stops at 1989 with the exception of a few artists & groups.

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Stan by Eminem.

Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake.

The Way I Are by Timbaland (featuring R&B singer Keri Hilson and rapper D.O.E.)

And ofcourse when Axl Rose finally releases the new G&R album, Chinese Democracy, that will be the musical evwent that defines the decade.

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But what are your thoughts on 21st century toasted sandwiches?

I don't like toasted sandwiches at all.

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Let me ask this, are there any "greats from the 00's,(I really don't know) or all all the greats from previous era's.

There are no 'greats' in the '00s. But then, I'm bound to say that. The younger generation will probably disagree, even though they're wrong.

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Thirded.

I always find it depressing that all the bands I'd love to see in concert all seem to have either died or split up.

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There are no 'greats' in the '00s. But then, I'm bound to say that. The younger generation will probably disagree, even though they're wrong.

I'm of the younger generation and I agree with that.

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Let me ask this, are there any "greats from the 00's,(I really don't know) or all all the greats from previous era's.

John Williams.

Oh, were we talking about popular music?

Actually, I heard the new coldplay song a while ago, and while it is a catchy tune, I DO NOT like the way it is mixed. But then, I don't like the way much of any popular music is mixed. Better than most stuff out there, that's for sure.

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I'll agree with that.

Every one says that of the music of the generation that follows them.

You're Beautiful by James Blunt is another decade highlight.

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I always find it depressing that all the bands I'd love to see in concert all seem to have either died or split up.

I believe Black Lace still tour.

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I'll agree with that.

Every one says that of the music of the generation that follows them.

So true.

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I'll agree with that.

Every one says that of the music of the generation that follows them.

You're Beautiful by James Blunt is another decade highlight.

Sure, a highlight in the same way that the highlight of the 1980s was HOWARD THE DUCK.

I always find it depressing that all the bands I'd love to see in concert all seem to have either died or split up.

I believe Black Lace still tour.

Touche!

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Stan by Eminem.

Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake.

The Way I Are by Timbaland (featuring R&B singer Keri Hilson and rapper D.O.E.)

All three are masterful records, in the genre of pop music. Speaking of Timbaland - his production of One Republic's

(<---click) is top tier, I love it.
Touche!

:D

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Let me ask this, are there any "greats from the 00's,(I really don't know) or all all the greats from previous era's.

John Williams.

Oh, were we talking about popular music?

Actually, I heard the new coldplay song a while ago, and while it is a catchy tune, I DO NOT like the way it is mixed. But then, I don't like the way much of any popular music is mixed. Better than most stuff out there, that's for sure.

John Williams isn't a great from the 00's, he's a great from another era, obviously you didn't understand the question, but yes I was talking popular music not film music.

You're Beautiful is not anything bad like Howard the Duck.

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As much as You're Beautiful is both hated and loved in equal measure, there is no denying it is a brilliantly executed love song. It is merely a victim of its own popularity, as was My Heart Will Go On, nearly a decade earlier.

That's not to say I like James Blunt. On the contrary, I actually wish he'd f*ck right off to the North Pole or something.

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As much as You're Beautiful is both hated and loved in equal measure, there is no denying it is a brilliantly executed love song. It is merely a victim of its own popularity, as was My Heart Will Go On, nearly a decade earlier.

That's not to say I like James Blunt. On the contrary, I actually wish he'd f*ck right off to the North Pole or something.

I like the song, and I actually have the album, got it for free @ B&N since it was on our play list, but to be honest, I thought it was a girl singing the song.

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Bar that one song, he warbles like a heartbroken girl in everything he does. Even when he isn't singing, he sounds like a girl.

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Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Elton John, ..., and I guess you could add Coldplay. Nothing is better than British rock.

That's a really REALLY big gap of time to skip over just to lump Coldplay in with some of the great legendary British classic rock acts from 30-40 years ago. I don't know if you can do that. Plus you leave out Black Sabbath, Genesis, and The Who. You lump Coldplay in with them but leave out U2, and to me Coldplay sounds like they're trying to just be the next U2. Great, maybe, but not legendary.

As far as current rock/pop acts that are any good, I really enjoyed The Killers' first two albums, but their third not so much.

And I'll always love The Clarks, but only because while you can take the man out of the 'Burgh, you can never take the 'Burgh out of the man.

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I forgot about The Who! I love them. I'm not comparing Coldplay, or Arctic Monkeys (which you edited out), to any of those legendary bands. Just a list of the British rock I like.

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Oh ok, I didn't know if it was that, or if you were already preparing a spot for Coldplay in Cleveland.

I removed Arctic Monkeys because I never heard of them. I spent thirty seconds checking them out at YouTube but I'm still not sold.

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