We now have some music to go with those hilarious lyrics. Coldplay's new single "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" arrived this morning and there's a lot to like about it -- the melody is strong, the lyrics seem less ridiculous in the context of the song, Brian Eno's production is great as always -- but it's a pretty standard Coldplay track.
Coldplay have attempted this type of arms-outstretched anthem before; in fact, they've built their discography on them: "Clocks," "Viva la Vida," "Lost!" and basically every track that isn't "The Scientist." It's been 11 years since Parachutes, and the band is progressing very slowly musically, which is good for fans who love that classic Coldplay sound. Instead of attempting to become the next U2, here they sound a lot like the British rock act Doves (who also sound like U2). That won't prevent "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" from being a hit.
Coldplay, who were sued because "Viva la Vida" resembled a Joe Satriani song, note that "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" "contains elements" of Peter Allen's hit "I Go to Rio," which we know from the One Crazy Summer soundtrack. "I Go to Rio" is an odd choice for Coldplay, but this is actually the second time the band has heavily borrowed a sample: "Talk" is just Chris Martin singing over Kraftwerk's "Computer Love." While Coldplay credit Allen, "Every Teardrop" sounds exactly like this cover version by the Sacados.
- Brian Eno