YMMV / Coldplay

  • Internet Backdraft: "Princess of China". These three words will set off a bitch-fight for pages. It's either too mainstream for Coldplay fans, too weird for Rihanna fans, or it's blasted for not using exclusively Chinese elements in its video. Those who actually like the song and think the video is well-done are quickly drowned out and accused of not knowing "real" music.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: This band is one of the most unfortunate victims of this. The 40-Year-Old Virgin may be at least partly to blame.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: This was the main complaint critics had with X&Y: that the songs were too similar to those on the preceding A Rush of Blood to the Head. Of course, when the band decided to change up their style on the following album...
  • Narm: From a certain perspective, the video for "The Scientist" if viewed forwards. A man crashes a car, which accidentally kills his girlfriend... and then has fun in the forest and goes to bed. In the middle of a sidewalk. Even Chris says it's stupid.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • "Major Minus" off of Mylo Xyloto. Justified, since the titular character is pretty much Big Brother.
    • The song "Spies" is about a man who is extremely paranoid spies are watching everyone.
  • Sampled Up:
    • The riff in "Talk" (you know the one) is adapted (with permission) from the riff of "Computer Love" by electronic band Kraftwerk.
    • Chris Martin has admitted that "Fix You" was inspired by the Elbow song "Grace Under Pressure".
  • Sequel Displacement: Their first album is not their most popular.
  • Signature Song: "Clocks" or "Viva La Vida" are the frontrunners. The runners-up are "Yellow", "The Scientist", "Speed of Sound", "Fix You", "Paradise", and "A Sky Full of Stars".
  • Snark Bait: Somewhere along the way, Coldplay became synonymous with "toothless White-people music."
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The drums and main guitar lick of "In My Place" bear a rather striking resemblance to Ride's "Dreams Burn Down".
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel:
    • "Sparks" is probably one of the softest songs they've ever done.
    • "Midnight" and "O" are full-on ambient pieces, with the latter having Chris' kids on lead vocals that are reverberated densely to give off the effect that they're ghosts.
    • "Fly On", a somber yet touching piano ballad.
    • "Don't Panic" is really sweet sounding.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?:
  • Wangst: They're often accused of this... for some reason.


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