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Coldplay: X&Y

Review by Jim Irvin, Word, The, June 2005

AS A STAUNCH advocate of pop music that's actually popular, that revels in its ability to make human connections, I can't begrudge Coldplay their unquestionable ...



Profile and Interview by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, October 1999

Passionate angst rock ...

Coldplay: 'Brightness and Hope and Devotion'

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 2000



Report and Interview by Angus Batey, CMJ New Music Monthly, November 2000

"MY EYE'S REALLY hurting. I'm really stressed. I worry because my hair's falling out, and I don't know if that's important. Will people still buy ...

Coldplay: Yellow In Peril

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, November 2000

Inclement weather. Iffy gig. Coldplay's sojourn to Portugal's Paredes De Coura Festival was no holiday in the sun ...

Coldplay: Parachutes

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

A KEY STRAIN of early aughties rock is a school of bands desperately emulating the whiteboy guitar angst of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke. First ...

Letter From London: Garage and The New Soft Rock

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, December 2000

"TO ME, ALL MELODIES were pure embarrassment," said Radiohead's Thom Yorke recently as he struggled to explain the making of Kid A. It hardly seems ...

Coldplay: Look At The Stars

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, January 2001

...or alternatively, look the other way, mumble about how no-one really likes you and worry about losing your hair. Coldplay are Britain's biggest new band ...

Letter from London, January 2002

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, January 2002

WHILE, SINCE The Beatles, we British music fans have often affected insouciant confidence in the superiority of our taste over the rest of the world's ...

Coldplay: Happy Landings

Interview by Ted Kessler, Observer, The, July 2002

He worries about his hair, he worries about women and he worries about death. Chris Martin even worries about worrying. But with the launch of ...

Coldplay: A Rush Of Blood To The Head (Parlophone) ****

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Q, September 2002

Former "bedwetters" make emotional bid for U2's throne. ...

Coldplay: The Guitar Tech's Insights

Interview by Jon Stewart, Guitarist, March 2004

THERE ARE lots of guitar-related careers in the music industry but being a guitar tech for a large touring band has to be one of ...

Coldplay Mesmerises Madrid

Report and Interview by Alvaro Costa, Luis Oliveira, Rock's Backpages, April 2005

AN EVENING IN MADRID - "blessed" by los galacticos Ronaldo and Luis Figo - kicked off Coldplay's world domination plan for 2005. Real Madrid's ...

My Travels With Oxfam: Chris Martin's Ghana Diary

Report by Sheryl Garratt, GQ, August 2005

Day 1: Accra ...

Coldplay: Dodge Music Center, Hartford, Connecticut

Live Review by Will Hermes, Spin, October 2005

Even after The New York Times declared them "the most insufferable band of the decade" (does that include the new INXS?), Coldplay continue to exist ...

Coldplay: Viva La Vida, or Death and All His Friends (Parlophone)

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, June 2008

COLDPLAY'S X&Y, they've since explained, was the final part of a trilogy — a claim some might consider a cunning defence against accusations that they're ...

Why I Hate Coldplay

Essay by Andy Gill, Independent, The, June 2008

Pompous, mawkish, and unbearably smug, Coldplay have conquered the charts with the sonic equivalent of wilted spinach, argues Andy Gill. And in the process, they've ...

Coldplay: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends ****

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Q, July 2008


Coldplay: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Hits, July 2009

WHY DO PEOPLE CONTINUE to hate on these guys? Is it a corollary of the Sting Effect, where there's just outright jealousy over a handsome ...

Coldplay/Jay-Z: Lancashire Cricket Ground, Manchester

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2009

THEY MAY BE one of the most successful bands in the world, but Coldplay still really, really want us to love them. ...

Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

Review by Wayne Robins, Wondering Sound, October 2011

LIKE ANY prosperous band with a global audience entering its second decade, Coldplay seems to want to venture away from its enchanted cottage, albeit not ...

Coldplay: O2 Arena, London **

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2011

THE KRAFTWERK allusions, the Brian Eno productions, the "experimental" new directions: the propaganda which comes with each new Coldplay album would make you think they ...

Coldplay: "We're the best fucking band in the world…"

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Q, January 2012

Chris Martin may suffer from anxiety nightmares nine nights out of ten, but he knows the value of Coldplay. Join him as he hangs with ...

Coldplay: Ghost Stories (Parlophone)

Review by Mr. Agreeable, Quietus, The, May 2014

TWO YEARS in the making, alternative rock band Coldplay's new album, essentially a concept piece about Chris Martin's break-up with Gwyneth Paltrow, has certainly garnered ...

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