June 8, 2005

Parales: The Case Against Coldplay

Jon Pareles takes it to Coldplay:

HERE'S nothing wrong with self-pity. As a spur to songwriting, it's right up there with lust, anger and greed, and probably better than the remaining deadly sins. There's nothing wrong, either, with striving for musical grandeur, using every bit of skill and studio illusion to create a sound large enough to get lost in. Male sensitivity, a quality that's under siege in a pop culture full of unrepentant bullying and machismo, shouldn't be dismissed out of hand, no matter how risible it can be in practice. And building a sound on the lessons of past bands is virtually unavoidable.

Posted by James Zellmer at June 8, 2005 12:00 AM | Subscribe to this site via RSS:
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