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Prospekt's March EP
EP (7"/10"/12" extended play, 33/45 rpm), Extended Play
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|Vinyl, EP, November 24, 2008||
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US LP pressing. A special EP/Mini Album only available for a limited time, featuring new artwork with a special EP Booklet. 8 tracks of new material including 5 brand new songs, a special guest appearance from Jay Z on the new version of Lost+, plus a vocal version of the now-classic Life in Technicolor ii and alternative mix of Lovers in Japan. Tracks, Life In Technicolor II, Postcards From Far Away, Glass Of Water, Rainy Day, Prospekt's March/Poppyfields, Lost+, Lovers In Japan (Osaka Sun Mix), Now My Feet and Won't Touch The Ground. EMI. 2008.
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These songs are definitely b-sides. They are less polished, but still beautiful.
"Postcards From Far Away," is a more of a musical interlude between track 1 and 3; sort of a musical 'pallet cleanser.' It is short, sweet, and a little haunting.
"Glass of Water," is driving, rhythmic, and hopeful, and probably my favorite track. It could easily have made its way onto Viva, and likely will see some air play (or at least it should!).
"Rainy Day," is a fun song with a sort of "Brown Eyed Girl," rhythm to it. It captures something of early sixties pop, but with understated singing and a lovely combination of base, piano and strings.
"Prospekt's March/Poppyfields," is a slower song, similar to some of the tracks on A Rush of Blood to the Head in sound. It is haunting and has interesting lyrics that have caused me to listen to it more than any other song on this album. I'm looking forward to understanding it better.
The next two tracks, "Lost", and "Lovers in Japan," are remixes that are enjoyable alternatives to the originals on Viva. I'm not as excited about remixes as some, so while I enjoyed these versions, I was not as engaged with them as the completely new songs.
"Now My Feet Won't Touch The Ground," which is full acoustic, has fantastic lyrics and competes with the 'hidden track,' on X&Y for being one of the most intimate songs Coldplay has ever sung. You feel like you're just hanging with the band while they pick out some chords and write some lyrics. For a band that usually has such tightly wound songs, it feels fantastic. My only complaint is that it is fairly short.
One of the things I've always enjoyed about Coldplay is their ability to balance melancholy ("The Scientist," "In My Place,") with joy ("Speed of Sound," "Yellow"). Rarely do they over do things, and this album is no exception. It is well balanced with songs both simple and complex, melancholy and hopefully, always carefully nuanced. Lyrical, and with phrasing as good as bands like the Beatles or U2 (I would contend that in another 10-15 years Coldplay will have the reputation of those legendary bands) their music is powerful and beautiful and amazing.
It's been fascinating and enjoyable to watch Coldplay grow and transform as a band in the years since Parachutes was released in 2000. I can't wait to see where they go from here with their next studio album.
5/5 stars. A must have for any music fan.
Life in Technicolor II is -- like its predecessor on VLV -- an incredible, infectious opening number, and I'd go so far to say that with its greater length, plus vocals, is even better that the original. And I'm thrilled that they've provided a version of "Lovers in Japan" as a stand-alone version; truthfully, I don't care for the "Reign of Love" 2nd part on VLV.
Rather than do a complete song-by-song review/critique, let me just say that nearly all the other songs on this cd are creative, musically pleasing and a continuing sign that Coldplay is going to be a band that will evolve and stay on the scene for a long time.
One downer is the Jay-Z guest rap on "Lost!" Talk about an Excedrin moment, ouch. I cringe to think of the reviews had Coldplay included this one on VLV; Jay ruins what is my favorite VLV song.
All in all, a solid addition to the published Coldplay repertoire!
Final opinion: It's not meant to stand on it's own with only eight tracks, and only five or six of them only really being new... but this CD is an excellent addition to Viva La Vida. It rounds it out nicely with some incredible tracks, which we've come to expect from Coldplay. If anything, this CD makes me anticipate even more what they'll come out with next.
The EP sounds very much like the "Viva" album, with the same instrumental, studio, and mixing techniques applied. The exception would be the Jay-Z mix of Lost+, which really doesn't work, as far as I'm concerned. The harsh rap denudes the song of any elegance it had in Coldplay's hands.
The EP is appropriately titled Prospekt's March, since that is the best song in the collection. It's a somber and appropriately atmospheric piece. It could find a comfortable place over the closing credits of an epic war movie. And it's good enough to have been on Viva La Vida.
Coldplay is trying to stretch out and move in different directions. Not all those experiments will be completely successful. But they want to try, and I'm not going to knock them if they don't hit everything out of the park. Most of the items on this EP are a little weaker than the material on the Viva album, but it's all very listenable, and you can't legitimately call them throwaways, as you could about so many releases by other bands when they recycle and release songs that didn't make the cut for a major album. Even the semi-classical piano interlude, Postcards From Far Away, is a tasty little musical tidbit, perhaps a hint that we will be hearing more ambitious piano work on future Coldplay releases.