Another Look at the Decline of ColdplayPosted: August 3, 2011
That post I did a while ago about Coldplay being a band in decline has been getting a lot of attention, actually, its the most viewed post on the site in the past month or two. A couple people have posted on it vehemently denying the decline. I figure it’s time to revisit it a little bit. I used to think they were a band who could do no wrong and maybe that’s it, or maybe they just enjoy their recent music, music is all about opinion after all.
But I don’t think they’ve been a band in decline for a very long time. They were awesome until the Viva album. Maybe it was the switch to a new producer, maybe it was a desire to simply head in a new direction, or maybe it was money driven. It was probably a combination of all three, in an attempt to recreate their sound they got a new producer, were told, “we want you to have this kind of vibe” and they did it. That kind of shit happens on pretty much all major labels, 100% creative control is kind of a thing of the past for the most part, unfortunately.
Rock music is a dying art in the mainstream, take a look at the charts, look at the statistics and sales, listen to the radio. Sure a few bands like the Foo Fighters are still getting by pretty well, but for the most part contemporary music is driven by cookie cutter, sex sells, Euro-techno style driven pop music. It’s undeniable that most artists in the pop scene are pretty interchangeable, and for a pop-rock band, attention has become more and more scarce. If money is on the mind, it is only sensible to drop your sound, adjust your dynamics an progressions, and take on a sound that more closely resembles most of the music on the radio today, and that’s pretty much what I think happened. Adaptation. Just take a look at their sound over the years. Personally I think it’s pretty obvious what has happened here…