Some of Coldplay's most moving songs are when lead singer Chris Martin sings alone with a piano. Bowie's 1971 Mars song starts the same way--a powerful tool for musicians. But as both songs build from the piano, they go in opposing directions. Bowie transitions into a balance of almost euphoric protest and disillusioned pessimism. Coldplay falls into a glittering abyss of acquiescence, like a weary warrior laying down his sword--sad, lonesome, but exhilarated to be utterly free, for the war to be done.
There are some other similarities between Coldplay's latest and Bowie's classic, like matching guitar solos, and sustaining the high note on the word "Mars," but Coldplay's song is done in a way that pays homage, rather than plagiarizes. Whatever the motivation may have been, "Moving To Mars" is a gorgeous sign-off for the band to round off their "Teardrop" EP. Check out the track for yourself and let go:
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