Snap judgment: Coldplay's 'Violet Hill'

Coldplay_lFree shows, free single — Coldplay is just feeling so free right now! Well, that single will only be free for another few days, so you’d better head to their website and snap it up while you still can. Of course, I filled out their form a couple days ago, twice, and I have yet to receive the magical email bearing "Violet Hill" in either my work or personal inbox… but assuming you can get your mitts on an MP3, what will you be getting into?

First off, Brian Eno’s production has done these guys well. "Violet Hill" opens with a thin synth wash that’s very Music for Airports, and proceeds from there to some droning, stabbing guitar textures that sound cooler than most any Coldplay tunes I can think of. Still, the songcraft itself feels lacking. The melody’s fine, if nothing special; I can accept that Chris Martin may have spent up all his truly indelible melodies on the band’s first few albums. But those lyrics! Surely even he knows how clunky the words he’s singing these days are. (Forcing a slant-rhyme out of "December" and "cathedrals"? For real?)

Then again, Gwyneth thinks the whole album is "brilliant." And who am I to argue with her? You tell me — am I the only one left a little, er, cold by playing "Violet Hill"? And while we’re at it, can anyone figure out what’s up with that bizarre, Delacroix-jacking cover art?

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  • Alex

    I got the e-mail right away, but it asked for a user name and password that neither the site or e-mail provided. Anybody know what the deal is?

  • soulman

    THAT’S the new cover art? What??? I don’t know if I’m feeling it…

  • jay

    THAT’S the new cover art? What??? I don’t know if I’m feeling it…

  • ashley

    I got the email right away, clicked the link, and downloaded – no password needed

  • Alex

    Weird — I tried sending it to my work e-mail and it worked fine. Maybe it’s a Hotmail issue?

  • DLC

    Yeah, I got my email with the link to a yahoo email in about 10 seconds. The song’s not bad either – it’s great it’s free! Thanks for the tip!

  • colonel angus

    copy and paste the link into the address bar. it’ll work then

  • postsoviet

    You can directly loop into the site without having to get the email from gossip columnist Elaine “Lainey” Lui’s site –

  • ET

    I’m not feeling the new song. And the piano keys at the beginning remind me of the opening of “California” by Phantom Planet.

  • Pamela

    I got the email straight away, no request for a password or the like – just a link to download from (which I’ve just done).
    Not sure if I like Violet Hill, may grow on me…maybe.
    As for the cover art, I’ve always loved this Delacroix painting but the faux-graffiti title scrawled across it feels a bit 80s stlye-wise to me.

  • cs

    The email landed in my spam box – maybe that’s what happened to you too

  • Jes

    I tried to get the song with three different email addresses and my USA zip code and still after two days I got nothing. So I looked up a UK postal code, used it, and poof, a minute later I had the email with the code. I can’t imagine that they would be filtering the d/l to only UK residence – seeing as that’s where they are from – but it seemed a little fishy to me! The song is OK, hope it grows on me.

  • Lindsey Pruitt

    I’d like to hear what you would have to offer Mr. KnowItAll. Your lack of actual music intellegence and appreciation shows with your anything but grammatically correct comment on a revolutionary Band.
    You will certainly be eating your words later my friend.

  • Anita

    I have to admit, the first few time I heard the song it didn’t do much for me. But, it does grow on you and can’t stop listening to it now.

  • Kate

    I immediately liked this song. The beginning reminds me a lot of old Oasis stuff. And I had no problem accessing the mp3.

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