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Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends June 8, 2008

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It feels kind of pointless recommending tracks off Coldplay’s new album as it’s more then likely that everyone will eventually hear it on their own accord anyway, but I do feel somewhat compelled on this occasion after getting my hands on Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. )I’ve only played through it a couple of times but already I know this will be an album I’ll have on repeat for quite some time. After hearing the first couple of tracks released as singles (“Violet Hill” and the fantastic “Viva La Vida”) it was easy to see that this album was going to be far different in mood then their previous, X&Y. Whereas “Parachutes” and “A Rush of Blood to the Head” had a more stripped down production and organic feel to the tracks, X&Y was far more layered, sometimes overpowering you with complex sounds and deep imagery. “Viva La Vida…” is a welcome step back from this, with more varied use of instrumentation and tempo creating a feel thats overall lighter in tone, more flowing and comfortable then X&Y, and more enjoyable as a result.

The first track I’m going to share was one of those Coldplay songs that sends shivers down your spine whenever you hear it. Similar to Chris Martin’s production in Jay-Z’s “Beach Chair” off the album “Kingdom Come”, this track has a massive landscape, and it immediately hits you with its organ-lined beat, booming bass and epic sounds.

Coldplay – Lost!
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[ From the Album “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” |
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The second track is an example of the positive, hopeful tone you’ll hear throughout the album and features a running piano moving the song along with an upbeat rhythm (that for some reason reminded me of Let Loose’s “Crazy For You” …but don’t let that be off-putting) and once again, a large sonic landscape (which we can most likely pin down to Brian Eno’s influence in production) created by building, echoing guitars lining the background. There are several other gems dotted throughout the album so (needless to say), make sure you check it out.

Coldplay – Lovers In Japan
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[ From the Album “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” |
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Coldplay – Violet Hill April 29, 2008

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Coldplay have revealed their first single from their new album “Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends” (set to be released 12th June) this afternoon on BBC Radio 1. The single is available free at their official site Coldplay.com, but if like me you had problems accessing the site while millions of others do, you can check it out here. It’s quite a rocky affair, featuring a guitar solo, a drumming, driving beat and while it may signal the departure from their old sound that they’ve suggested would be happening from this new LP, it’s still very much a signature Coldplay track.

Coldplay – Violet Hill
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Frank Turner – Photosynthesis February 15, 2008

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Frank Turner is a singer-songwriter from England with a difference from most other singer-songwriters. frankturnerloveiresong.jpgThere is something undeniably British about him and the thing that drew me to his music from the outset are his constant bittersweet tales of living as an adult who refuses to give up his adolescence. His songs share his rebellious attitude which wants to change the world but can’t seem to be arsed to bother doing so at the same time, as is the case with the song “Once We Were Anarchists” from his fantastic first album “Sleep Is For The Week”. That album came out well over a year ago and after accompanying me through my final year of university, I’m ecstatic to find out his new album “Love Ire & Song” will be released on 31st March.

This first track is his new single “Photosynthesis” which has all the traits mentioned above of a classic Frank Turner song. It’s a fun track with quite a folky feel to it, which according to his blog is something we should expect from the rest of the album. I feel a bit odd sharing this track after reading his stance on downloading his music, but after going to one of his shows and admitting I downloaded his first album, a Jack and coke was all he requested as compensation. I even got a picture with him to show there was no hard feelings, so I’m sure this will be fine… I think (edit: guess not). Anywho, the quality of the file isn’t the best as it’s taken from his Myspace page but it’s definitely enjoyable nonetheless.

Frank Turner – Photosynthesis.mp3
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I also thought I’d share a track from his first album which I suggest you listen to first if you haven’t heard it to understand why I reguard this guy so highly. This track, “Vital Signs”, is about experiencing life for the moment and not worrying about what the future has to hold (“Well I’ll never get to grey hair/And I’ll never be in the black/But I can tell stories that most can hardly dream”). As cheesy as my description sounds, it’s a freaking awesome song so check it out. Immediately.

Frank Turner – Vital Signs.mp3
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Biffy Clyro – Folding Stars September 11, 2007

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Bit of melodic rock for you now from this Scottish outfit. I didn’t give much care for the rest of the album (although I have yet to give it a proper chance) however this particular track has one of those hooks that you just can’t get out of your head. I have found myself singing it over and over incorrectly without actually knowing the word that features most prominently in the chorus. When that happens you just have to hope that no-one around you knows the song well enough to correct you. Long story short, let’s just say I never realised how close the word enema sounded to the name Eleanor.

Biffy Clyro – Folding Stars
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Darren Hayes – Who Would Have Thought September 7, 2007

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Darren Hayes (formally of Savage Garden who’s second album “Affirmation” I am a fan of… which I’m not too sure I should admit) has been floating around the music scene on his solo act for some time now. Here in the UK he had a bit of success with the incredibly cringe-worthy “Insatiable” and the better track “Strange Relationship” which suggested there was life in the camp dog yet. Two albums later and he’s now released a double-disc album “This Delicate Thing We’ve Made” which, while a little self indulgent, has spawned some incredibly good songs. The best of which is this one, “Who Would Have Thought” which is a haunting, incredibly well produced song with a deft beat, sweeping sounds and atmospheric overtone. It’s definitely one to check out. Savage Garden fans will lap this up like… someone lapping up something… really… fast. Yeah, I was never good with similes.

Darren Hayes – Who Would Have Thought
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Also, you may want to check out his video for “Me Myself and I”. It’s er… quite something:

Say Anything – Alive With The Glory Of Love August 8, 2007

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Scrubs has so much awesome music on the show. Although the show is getting incredibly tiresome coming into it’s sixth season (seasons 1-3 ftw), the music is still spot on each time. This was played at the end of season five and what a track to go out. Haven’t stopped listening to it since I found it. Happy, bouncing, upbeat, energetic with tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Just awesome.

Say Anything – Alive With The Glory Of Love
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