The Case for Coldplay

Many a rabid fan (writer included) logged on earlier this year to iTunes, itching to download the band’s fourth release, Viva la Vida. But for every one of them, there is a sizeable chunk of critics who stand by waiting for the other fair trade, non-leather shoe to drop for Coldplay. This includes one journalist who compared the band to “the sonic equivalent to wilted spinach.” And an infamous 2005 New York Times piece made “The Case Against Coldplay.”

This is also why, if you type “I hate Coldplay” into Google, you get thousands of results. But while journalists lob criticisms at the group’s lush soundscapes and lyrics, remember what makes Coldplay unique: it shows a rare glimpse into male emotional sensitivity, a market it’s cornered with ease. And for as many music critics who have written Coldplay off, the proof is in the melodic pudding. The group has sold nearly 40 million albums, and still plays for packed stadiums around the globe. Witness just that when Coldplay plays BankAtlantic Center at 7:30 p.m. (2555 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise). Tickets range from $49.50 to $77.50, if they’re not sold out already. Call 954-835-800, or visit ticketmaster.com.
Sun., Nov. 9, 2008

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