Sometimes, even the most hardened doubters of Gary Barlow’s MOR entertainer schtick have had to concede that he can write ’em. Cynics can relax, though, because no such concessions are required for his first solo album since 1999, which falls below Barlow’s best – “Patience”, “Rule the World” – at just the point when he needed to up his game.
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Thursday 12 January 2012
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran heads the field for this year's Brit Awards with four nominations.
Monday 02 January 2012
Coldplay have knocked the Military Wives choir off the top of the charts after their single Paradise became the first official number one of 2012.
Sunday 18 December 2011
This year's best-selling singer, Adele, is absent from HMV album of the year list
Monday 12 December 2011
The Kraftwerk allusions, the Brian Eno productions, the “experimental” new directions: the propaganda which comes with each new Coldplay album would make you think they were a major rock band.
Saturday 03 December 2011
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Chris Martin and Johnny Buckland, Church of St John at Hackney, London
Frank Turner, Academy, Bournemouth
Sunday 27 November 2011
A semi-acoustic session in a church by half of Coldplay made me realise there are some pearls among all that dirgy dross
Mencap Little Noise Sessions: Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland; Emili Sande; Ben Howard, St John at Hackney Church
Friday 25 November 2011
For Coldplay fans, this was a rare opportunity. To see one of the biggest bands on the planet (well, half of them), in the tiny surrounds of a church. For fans of the band this is about as good as it gets.
Friday 28 October 2011
Niall Doherty and Hugh Montgomery: One thinks Coldplay's latest album is a 'megahit', the other, one long boring whine...
Sunday 23 October 2011
On the eve of a fifth album, two writers clash horns over the band
Sunday 23 October 2011
Hearing for the first time the songs that will, inevitably and inexorably, become part of the fabric of Western life from X Factor auditions to shopping-centre muzak, is a strange and often depressing experience.
Friday 21 October 2011
Generally speaking, the more producers involved with an album, the less distinctively defined its contours, the various opinions tending to nullify the more extreme ideas.
Tuesday 26 July 2011
"You have to jump to this," Chris Martin commands before "Viva La Vida". Only it's not really a jumping song, they're not really a jumping band. Although the rangy Martin, bless him, regularly bounces on the spot like a welterweight.
Wednesday 13 July 2011
Lady Gaga, Coldplay and The Black Eyed Peas have signed up to appear at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.
Tuesday 12 July 2011
Amidst the Sunday mudbathing, the novelty of an almost completely redesigned site and some thrilling headline performances, this year's T in the Park was memorable for two very different sets that nailed the spirit of their times. One, although not quite up there with Glastonbury '95, was the latest instalment of Pulp's reunion tour on the Sunday evening, a poignant reminder of just how few contemporary pop artists write from the position of taking a close look at the world around them.
Monday 27 June 2011
With the sun shining, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J and Coldplay did the UK proud at Glastonbury.
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