Monday, 28 February 2011

5 albums to get excited about in 2011 - Part 5

I heard a rumor there was a little award ceremony that took place last night, the Oscars or something..... Never mind that. The real anticipation and excitement is around who will take the last spot in the '5 albums to get excited about in 2011' run down. So without much further ado:

5. Coldplay

Image credit to AWMusic

Now I can almost hear the moans and groans already. Settle down people. I know the words 'Coldplay' and 'excitement' don't often get used together, but give this blog a read and then see what you think. 

If ever a band was ever directly comparable to Marmite, then surely it would be Coldplay: never have I know an artist to have quite such a love or hate status. It has always struck me as strange that a band that writes such seemingly unoffensive music, can cause quite so much offense. One thing that is without any doubt is that they are one of the biggest bands in the world. Their list of awards is endless (so I won't bore you with all of them), but includes: 6 Brits, 7 Grammys, 5 NME awards and an Ivor Novello. Not only are they exceptionally decorated by the industry, but have also racked up over 50 million records worldwide.

The release of Coldplay's fifth album has been delayed from it's intended 2009 release due to heavy touring from the band as well as a series of plagiarism charges. The boys last album ''Viva la Vida' was an ambitious step following on from 2005's disappointing 'X&Y'; with a much wider range of instruments, sounds and themes. Tracks such as 'Yes' showed that the band were not afraid to step away from the sound which they had grown famous for.

Although the English four piece have been working on their next album for a considerable period, there are still relatively few details, let alone an album name. Acclaimed producer and instrumentalist Brian Eno has been adding his expertise to the mix, working on and off with the band over the duration the creative stage. In an interview with the BBC earlier this year, Martin and Champion  claimed the new album was about 'love, addiction, OCD, escape and working for someone you don't like.'' On the 1st September Chris performed an exclusive new track called 'Wedding Bells' at the Apple Inc conference (see the below video). According to Miles Leonard, the president of Parlophone (EMI) the album should be expected out "towards the autumn of this year". 

I, for one, cannot wait!

                                                  'You keep on moving, baby, I'll stay still
                                         I always loved you and I always will'

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