For an admitted period of time, Coldplay have been one of the most influential and interesting bands of the time, their debut record 'Parachutes' was a breath of fresh air from the endly Radiohead, and Oasis impersonators that seemed to be permeating the genre. Listeners couldn't help but be swept up in the hype, were they the 'next big thing?' would they soon be challenging for position as 'biggest band in the world' ?
The answer in the last few albums has become rather resounding, while the music in itself is not poor, in fact it is quiet listenable, with nice tracks such as "Square One" and "What if?". With equally grand songs as "Square One" and "White Shadows" being played. The album has nice tempo changes, moving from a nice slow pace, to a more uptempo beat. However in all the machinations of the album, one cannot help but see how terrible formulaic the reality of composition is.
Coldplay has found a middle of the road that seems to work well for them, and is travelling it perfectly, the album while good in itself lacks any sort of experimentation, innovation, or change that generally sets apart a brilliant cd, from a merely mediocre album. The album is like the diet coke of albums, neither is it so horrible that one would pick it up and immedietly wish to throw it in the closest rubbish bin, yet it is startingly lacking in terms of actual artistry.