Coldplay - Mylo down
So, Tony announced, as we got down our second pints; 'Their use of R and B production doesn't sit too well with me.' I thought about his words as I went up to the bar to get the next round in. What does he mean; he doesn't think they should do it, or he doesn't like the results? Glib snobbery, or honest assessment?
Simon Goddard's review in Q magazine is a more rational affair, if a little too fawning for my tastes. At least Goddard makes his point with evidence and logic, rather than relying on wit and vinegar. Better still is Ian Cohen's effort on Pitchfork. He highlights clearly and rationally the album's strengths and shortcomings, and does the same for the band as a whole for that matter. In addition, like Tony, Cohen talks about Coldplay's use of R and B style production techniques. And he does so very neutrally; admiring the fact that Coldplay continually, unabashedly try new things, while at the same time conceding that the results do not always work, nor do they work for everyone.