The Bottom Line
Even when Coldplay sound a bit like they are spinning their wheels musically, it can still have quite beautiful moments. The huge opening fanfare of "Paradise" is simply gorgeous. However, the rest of the song does not quite hold up. There are so many echoes here of other work by Coldplay that, just like the protagonist of the song longing for something better, we are left longing to hear other classic songs by the band.
- Powerful instrumental opening
- Chorus that will stick in the mind
- Simple piano accompaniment to the verse
- Does not stand out among the best of Coldplay's work
- Written by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin
- Produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson
- Released September 2011 by Parlophone
Guide Review - Coldplay - "Paradise"
Are Coldplay starting to run out of a bit of creative steam? There are many things that are quite beautiful in the arrangement here from the string flourishes to the huge, atmospheric fanfare in the instrumental opening and simple piano figures underlining Chris Martin's opening vocals. However, lyrically, there is little more than a woman dreaming of a different, better world. The song is so simple in effect that it lacks the impact of the band's best work.
Complaints aside, even this Coldplay song has some real power upon listening to it multiple times. The reference to a tear and a waterfall connects this song to the previous Mylo Xyloto single "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall." That leaves us wondering about the overall structure of the upcoming album and if there will be more weaving amongst the songs to pull them into a cohesive whole. Ultimately you are also likely to break down and sing along with the "oh-oh-ohs" and "Para-para-paradise" of the chorus.
Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto album is clearly one of the most eagerly awaited of the fall. It is set for an October 24, 2011 release date. "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" hit the top 10 at adult pop, rock, and alternative songs radio. It has also been a top 10 hit around the world. However, a true smash hit single from the project has yet to be unveiled. "Paradise" is worth hearing, but ultimately will likely lead you back to previous stellar work by the band.