4-star track, 1 star vinyl pressing (5-star B-side!),
This review is from: Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Vinyl)
This tune has a really great vibe to it and Amazon Canada has the 7" vinyl at a great price - $2.99 as of this writing. Not sure why Amazon US is charging almost 3 times as much! This is how singles should be done, and a big reason why the major labels screwed themselves out of the game when they tried to stop the $1.99 CD single and raised CD's to $20+ when many people just wanted one track.
Coldplay's big sound is here and they haven't reinvented the wheel. Nice deep bass, great harmonies and good instrumentation as well as a catchy verse and nice chorus transition make this single a sure fire radio hit, but what about the collectible blue 7" vinyl?? On the back it says "Made in the EU" and that made me smile, because my experience with vinyl imported from the EU, or pressings from the UK and Germany, has been largely excellent. The Urban Hymns UK pressing for example far outshines the USA pressing in surface noise and overall pressing quality.
So how is this one? Wake up call...UGH! Brutal, you would have thought this had just been pulled out of an attic where it had sat for 30 years collecting dust WITHOUT a cover on it, totally bare to the elements. The crackling is intrusive throughout, this is simply a rubbish pressing even though it arrived sealed. Everything else about it looks great, the cover art, the sleeve, the blue vinyl, I was really disappointed when the needle hit the grooves after racing downstairs to finally hear this song in all its hifi glory and not through YouTube on my crappy PC speakers.
I hope the album's vinyl pressing is better and that they consider spreading it over 2 sides, unlike the other albums which have all been squeezed into single issues so far.
I will attempt to give this a thorough cleaning and will revise my score if it improves, but for right now unless you're the kind of person that just wants this in their collection or sitting in a frame on their wall, I would advise steering clear.
EDIT - the b-side on this track fares a little better, the noise is similar to the a-side for about 30 seconds then gets down to below audible which you should expect from EVERY record if it was pressed right (whisper quiet throughout - see the ORG pressing of Nirvana's Nevermind for reference). But wow, what a killer tune, if the rest of the album is like this then it will be Coldplay's best since Rush of Blood to the Head. This has all sorts of UK goodness mixed in, a little bit of The Verve, some Jesus Jones, some Mansun; great verse>chorus transition and very ethereal sounding. Absolutely 5/5 for the b-side, nice one Coldplay.
EDIT 2 - the actual vinyl release of the album enjoyed a MUCH better pressing. Very nice and quiet, perfectly flat too. Highly recommended.