This is a good review, though I don't necessarily agree with your conclusion, which doesn't really matter. I feel like the interludes are totally worthless, and actually hinder the album rather than permit it to flourish.
This album is so, so good. Great review also. I don't mean to harp on the little things, but why was there a comma after every single track name? Some of them didn't even need to be there and it threw off the flow of the sentence.
This is a great review. I find the album to be even better than their last two. I really love the fact that even while their one of the biggest bands in the world, they are still finding ways to reinvent themselves with each release.
I do agree that Major Minus does miss the mark, I dislike Martin's vocals in that song. But it's the only song on the album that I don't enjoy. Us Against the World is likely my favorite song on the record. Especially live it sounds lovely.
Yes Coldplay is just like U2 minus anything that made U2 original. I don't hate Coldplay and I don't think many people hate them, their music is so bland that the only emotion it inspires in many people is indifference.
I love this album, 100x better Viva La Vida. And I also love 40 Year Old Virgin, and laughed my ass off during that scene, but it doesn't change the fact that I think Coldplay is the greatest international band around now.