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Mehek’s Music Monday

February 8th, 2010

Radioplay? Coldhead?

Mehek’s Music Monday: Coldplay vs. Radiohead

Ah, yes. The age-old debate. An issue that has split music enthusiasts, sparked controversy, and even got me kicked out of my roommate’s room.


So, who you gonna pick?!?!?

I’ll admit, I am extremely late on the Radiohead train. In fact, I only began to listen to them last year and now I cannot get enough. Coldplay on the other hand, I’ve been a humongous fan of since fahevah. Seeing ‘Clocks’ performed live pretty much restored my faith in humanity … and stadium concerts.

However, they’re both equally phenomenal. On the record books, they’ve both sold millions of albums, won Grammys, are respected by people around the world, and British (not that that has anything to do with anything … it’s just a trufaxx).

So why can’t we all just love each other?

Chris Martin and Thom Yorke’s vocals are shockingly haunting in their own respective ways. Martin sings of love and loss with melancholic undertones, while Yorke slaps you in the face with his honesty and realism.

Coldplay’s overall tone is very conceptual and cohesive, especially with their first three albums. ‘Viva La Vida’ is the most experimental work they’ve done, and while it’s brilliant, ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’ and it’s subsequent B-Sides demonstrates the band’s true genius. Songs like “Moses”, “Amsterdam”, “The Scientist”, and “Clocks” – these will immortalize Coldplay in musical history.

Radiohead is a little more difficult to peg down, and perhaps this is why fans argue they will forever be better than Coldplay. Each album is unique from another, some obviously faring better than others. My personal favourites include ‘The Bends’ and ‘In Rainbows’, but their individual singles speak louder – ‘Creep’, ‘Karma Police’, ‘High and Dry’ … the list can go on and on. And, after all, they were here first.

Individual anecdotes can be evaluated, too. Radiohead allowing fans to purchase their last album at any amount they wanted; Coldplay’s tireless efforts with Oxfam; Yorke’s solo efforts and Martin’s collaborations with Kanye and Jay-Z; the remixes, the sold-out tours, the respect of the industry … they’ve got it all.

They’re both great. But who is better, BBs?

*Need to make an accurate comparison? Check out Coldplay’s and Radiohead’s artist pages on / comment / think about it.

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