Monday, 12 May 2008
New Coldplay Track #4
First there was the single, 'Violet Hill', then the b-side of the NME-distributed 7" single, 'A Spell A Rebel Yell', then the album's title track, 'Viva La Vida'. You can find them all on Hype Machine. This is also on the new album (undefaced artwork above - La Liberté guidant le peuple by Eugène Delacroix), and on the German 'Violet Hill' EP too apparently, it's a piano ballad. Chris Martin quoted the opening lyric "Just because I'm losing / Doesn't mean I'm lost", elucidating as follows:
"That means that whatever slings and arrows come your way, you've gotta just keep going. That's my motto. It''s quite a long motto and it's not in Latin, but it is quite a good motto."
And lyrically, I really like it. "I'm just waiting til the shine wears off."
Musically, I really hate the fact that the opening can't help but make me think of 'Stuck in the Middle' by Mika (why do I even know that song??), but other than that it's fairly strong, if not as much of a departure from previous Coldplay as 'Violet Hill''s 'Creep'-esque heavy guitar stabs and 'Viva La Vida''s staccato strings, least of all 'A Spell A Rebel Yell''s Kid A-isms.
Anyway, here's the track:
mp3: Coldplay - Lost
(from Viva La Vida, out in one month's time)
P.S. According to iTunes, the album version is actually called 'Lost!', and there's a bonus acoustic version called 'Lost?'... mysterious...