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COLDPLAY LIVE 2012-DVD/CD-“BENEATH THE SPECTACLE, COLPLAY IS CEREBRAL, ACCESSIBLE AND THE REAL THING” REVIEW JOHN EMMS

 

Coldplay Live proves one thing.

Under the spectacle , Coldplay is the real thing folks.

In fact this four piece has learned the art of being cerebral and accessible.

And folks, that is all over their first concert film and live CD.

Beneath all the extra production, loops of keyboards and gigantic walls of delay is one of the world’s most musicially ambitious acts

Coldplay’s 2011 tour on this dvd/cd was seen by over 3 million people in 25 countries in the world.

That is staggering!

All along, when I watch the film I’m thinking it would be nice to see this band in front of 500 people without all the pyrotechnics and lasers. Why?

Because the songs are so damn good and the band’s dynamics and feel is gorgeous.  The live versions of songs like Yellow, Fix You, God Put A Smile on My Face, and Clocks breathe and erupt with emotion. 

This is a band at the top of their game and more importantly growing.

Dumb as it sounds this band is a family on this tour.

The included interview segments from director Paul Dugdale are sublime and  prove beyond any doubt Coldplay is the real thing.  In fact, Dugdale’s film gives you an inside view without being over the top.

On the big side the Glastonbury take on Viva La Vida is a monster as is the  LED wristband take of Charlie Brown.

Emotional and and as dynamic as the band itself this film opens the heart and mind.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist. John hosts his own worldwide radio program here  http://emms.podbean.com/

John also has fun as the songwriter/guitarist with Canada’s blues rockers  THE SHAFTMEN www.theshaftmen.com

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