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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Coldplay versus U2, again: the veredict

This week we have heard the new songs from the two super powers of stadium rock: Coldplay and U2. A clash of titans again? Umm....well, here's my personal veredict.

Coldplay- Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
All I can say is that is not going to be a joke, as some blogs and magazines have suggested, because it will sell millions, and it has "the hit song of the summer" written all over it. Letting aside the blushing intro/sampling of "I Go to Rio", that makes Chris Martin and Co. jump shamelessly into dance territory (bet you anything that a disco-remix is going to be huge in a couple of months), the song, at its best, is a pretty unfortunate attempt of creating another "Viva La Vida", but instead sounds like the Black Eyed Peas if they knew how to use a guitar. Prepare yourself to hate this song, cause you are going to hear it way more than you would like.
Coldplay - Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

Reeve Carney feat. Bono and The Edge- Rise Above 1
As a die-hard, long-time fan of the Irish band, that song hurts I could be benevolent and say you can recognize Edge trademark riffs at the end, and that there's a strength on the melody, but the rhythm section of the tune is so awful (close to mainstream pop or even hip-hop) that I cannot forgive.
Well, at least there are some facts to comfort myself: the song is part of  the Spider-Man "Turn Off The Dark" soundtrack, composed by Bono and The Edge, but recorded/sung by the cast of the Broadway production. This single showcases Reeve Carney, Spider-man on the play, featuring its composers. So it was written for a musical. And most importantly. This is not U2.
Reeve Carney- Rise Above 1 feat. Bono and The Edge

So, the winner is......Adam Clayton (U2's bass player) for saying no to his pals and refusing the possibility that the soundtrack would be released under the name of U2. He, together with Larry Mullen Jr (U2's drummer) decided to be aside of the project. Let's give them the credit they deserve.

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