Jen bought me the latest Coldplay album for my Birthday in September and I had a lukewarm reaction to it at the time. There were definitely songs on there I liked a lot, and it was a definite improvement over X&Y, but it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I really embraced it sort of put it into regular rotation on my iTunes while I'm working.
Around the same time that was happening, iTunes offered a free download of their new video, "Lovers in Japan". I like the song so I snagged the video and hoped it would be better than the previous two which I had difficulty watching. Of course, it wasn't. I don't know what's up with Chris Martin and the other guys but the look they've chosen for this album is not working for them. I know it's supposed to fit into the French Revolution theme of the album but they just come off as total poseurs. And the stuff they have them doing in the videos is 20 steps back from the minimalist brilliance that was "Yellow", or anywhere near as conceptually strong as "The Scientist".
I've finally come to the conclusion that, while I have decided to let Coldplay back into my life, I just can't look at them anymore. Chris, you're not Bono so stop trying to be him. And find something less silly to wear.
Here's the offending video, by the way: