Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall (Single) (2011)

Rolling Stone wrote:


But the first single doesn't go for the sound of early hip-hop so much as its sense of year-zero possibility. Over a rave-tinged keyboard melody, leavened by producer Brian Eno's rainforest-of-the-soul ambience, Martin sings of kids dancing until morning and heaven inside his headphones. When the drums kick in fully, it moves like "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by way of the Velvets' "Sunday Morning," a flag-waving ode to change-as-inspiration: "I'd rather be a comma than a full stop," Martin sings. Coming from a guy whose critics take him for a human exclamation point, it's a welcome sentiment.

NME wrote:

First impressions? In some ways it's alarmingly pop. The synth-heavy intro and lyrics, "I turn the music up, I've got my records on" and "I feel my heart stop beating to my favourite song" all seems a bit... dare we say it, Sophie Ellis-Bextor-esque.

Sonically, though, we're in familiar territory. It's reminiscent of 'X&Y' with its electro twist, while the epic chorus of "It was a wa-wa-wa-wa-waterrrrfall" and the military marching drums are more 'Viva la Vida'.

Pretty much an amalgam of their previous efforts, then, and not exactly a massive departure. But were we expecting (or even wanting) something new? wrote:

Lest we forget, Coldplay headline Glastonbury later this month. It certainly can't have been a thought far from the band's mind, if their new single is anything to go by.

Ebullient chords and melodic uplift are never far from the kind of non-specific portent that has become Coldplay's trademark. But this one seems to have something of the festival about it; from the ravey intro to the euphoric lyrics ("I turn the music up, I got my records on"), it seems to be an attempt to get as many hands in the air as possible.

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall (Single)
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1. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
2. Major Minus

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United Kingdom
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