For the past 15 years, [lastfm link_type="similar_artist_radio"]Coldplay [/lastfm]and Chris Martin have crafted a new wave of rock and roll during the peak of the pop music movement. Labeled as alternative rockers, the band’s love-affair of reverb interspersed between swishing cymbals and distorted guitar landscapes have garnered the musicians praise from both critics and a loyal fan base.
With so much right going on in Coldplay’s world, where could they go wrong? The band can crank out a pop ballad as quickly as ever now that Chris Martin is fully confident with his songwriting.
Just over the weekend Martin interviewed with the BBC, announcing that the band’s next release could be a concept album. Is that such a good idea?
The Beatles shook the entire world when they released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. No one had ever listened to album like that before – a conception packaged in under sixty minutes, following the stories of a of music leading the man.
Since then, bands have continuously tried to replicate the concept album, some more successfully than others. Pink Floyd may be the second most successful band to create a concept album – The Dark Side of the Moon is still the most purchased album of all time.
Nowadays, the concept album is a rare project of perfection. Most recently The Gorillaz explored Plastic Beach, a concept album garnering mixed reviews. The ideas were there, but the music suffered. There were too many ideas present and it sounded like each song was competing against one another for the listener’s ear. Was that their message? Could have been.
Today’s concept album isn’t the same as it was 40 years ago. It has become an exploration of nebulous proposals, sounds bobbing up and down inside the dreamscape of a schizophrenic organ grinder. So when Coldplay announces their next feat will be such an epic undertaking, skeptics will make their case heard.
There are some redeeming qualities however. If done correctly, these albums can transcend music and story altogether. Will Coldplay’s disk be one of the few exceptions to the rule? Possibly. Martin will be working with noted producer Brian Eno and together they came up with the idea.
Says Martin, “It’s from the point of view of two people who are a bit lost, two like-minded outsiders who meet in a very difficult environment and therefore have a journey together.”
We’ll take the bait. Fans can anticipate the album for a late 2011 release. Until then, we have four other hit albums to please our eardrums.
[Source: Clash Music]