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Yes (Coldplay song)

“Yes” is a song by English alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. A hidden song, entitled “Chinese Sleep Chant”, shares this track with “Yes”, bringing the length of the track up to over seven minutes.

The song, and especially the tuning, were originally inspired by The Velvet Underground.[1]

The main characteristic of the song are the low vocals by Chris Martin. This was suggested by producer Brian Eno, to add to the variation between the songs on the album. The band’s drummer Will Champion said in an interview for MTV: “One of the main things we tried to focus on with this record is changing vocal identities, because Chris has a very recognizable voice.”[2]

The strings were played (on an electric violin) and arranged by musician Davide Rossi.[3]

The hidden track “Chinese Sleep Chant” was described as “a self-conscious parody of shoegaze” with My Bloody Valentine influences. Critics also noted the “wall of sound, heavily processed guitar-swirl and falsetto vocals through reverb.”[4][5]

Yellow (Coldplay song)

“Yellow” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. The band wrote the song and co-produced it with British record producer Ken Nelson for their debut album, Parachutes (2000). The song’s lyrics are a reference to the band’s lead singer Chris Martin’s unrequited love.

The song was recorded in March 2000, and released in June that same year as the second single from Parachutes, following “Shiver”, and the lead single in the United States. The single reached number four in the UK Singles Chart, giving Coldplay their first top-five hit in the United Kingdom. Helped by heavy rotation and usage in promotions, the song thrust the band into massive popularity. “Yellow” has since been covered by various recording artists worldwide, and remains one of the band’s most popular songs.

White Shadows

“White Shadows” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It is the third track on their third studio album X&Y (2005) and released as the sixth overall single from the album on 8 June 2007. The song was co-produced by the band and their long-time producer Ken Nelson, while it was engineered by Rich Costey. “White Shadows” also features musical contributions by Brian Eno, who plays synthesizers on the track.[1]

X&Y

X&Y is the third studio album by the British alternative rock band Coldplay, released on 6 June 2005 in the United Kingdom by the record label Parlophone. The album, which features influences of electronic music, was produced by the band and British record producer Danton Supple. Development of the album was often troubled; the album’s original producer, British record producer Ken Nelson, was supposed to produce much of the album, however, many songs written during their sessions were ditched due to the band’s dissatisfaction. The album’s cover art is a combination of colours and blocks, which is a representation of the Baudot code.

The album contains twelve tracks and an additional hidden track, “Til Kingdom Come”. It is omitted from the track listing on the album sleeve, but listed as “+” on the disc label and inside the album booklet. It was originally planned for American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash to record it with lead singer Chris Martin, but Cash died before he was able to do so.[1] The song “Talk” appeared on the main track listing, although it was thought to have been downgraded to a B-side for the album’s subsequent single releases, after it leaked online in early 2005.[2]

X&Y was released after a considerable amount of hype and was a significant commercial success, reaching the top spot of many charts worldwide, including the United Kingdom and United States, the latter being their first. With accumulated sales of 8.3 million units in 2005 alone, X&Y was the best-selling album released in 2005 worldwide. By 2011, the album had sold over 13 million copies worldwide.[3]

Overall reaction to the album has been generally positive, though some critics cited it as being inferior to its predecessors. The album spawned the singles “Speed of Sound”, “Fix You”, “Talk”, “The Hardest Part”, “What If” and “White Shadows.”

Viva la Vida

“Viva la Vida” (/ˈviːvə lə ˈviːdə/; Spanish: [ˈbiβa la ˈβiða]) is a song by the British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), and was released as the second single from the album. On the album, this song segues directly into the next track, “Violet Hill”. Viva la Vida is Spanish for “Long live Life”.

The lyrics to the song contain historical and Christian references, and the track is built around a repeating string section in unison with a digital processed piano with a timpani background.

The song was released on 13 June 2008 as the album’s second single, debuting to critical acclaim and commercial success. “Viva la Vida” reached the top spot of the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s first number-one single in both the US and UK. The song won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009. The song became the sixth song to reach the 4 million mark in paid downloads in the United States.[3] It has sold over 7.1 million copies worldwide by 2014, and over 6 million in US alone by June 2013.[4][5]

Violet Hill

“Violet Hill” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008). Built around a repeating guitar sound, it utilises a marching tempo, supported by the pianos and rhythms that accompany the song’s lyrics. The song was initially made available as a free download on the band’s website and was downloaded more than two million times.

Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin revealed that the song had been in development for a number of years, with the first line and the first little melody of the song written, prior to its completion in 2007.[1] “Violet Hill” is the first anti-war protest song from the group.[2] The single was received with positive reviews. The track was released worldwide as the lead single from Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, reaching number nine on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and number eight on the UK Singles Chart.

It was featured as a downloadable song for the 2007 music video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, as well as being featured in Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits and the documentary Warren Miller’s Children of Winter. The song was nominated at the Q awards in the category for Best Track and received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group. The music video for “Violet Hill” was nominated for Best Special Effects at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The single has been widely sampled, with different covers and sounds.

Us Against the World (Coldplay song)

“Us Against the World” is a song written and recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay for their fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto.[1] It appears as the fifth track on the album. It was written by all four members of the band for their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto.

“Us Against the World” has been received well by critics, citing it as one of the seminal moments on the album.[2][3] The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot commented on “Us Against the World”, “U.F.O.” and “Up in Flames” collectively, highlighting the songs as points where the band “milk these smaller, more intimate moments, the world-weary troubadour imploring a lover, God or both to lift up this blindfold (and) let me see again.”[3] In an article published by Q on 10 October 2011 entitled “First Impressions of… Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto”, they wrote:[4]

“Forever destined to be known as The One They Fucked Up At Glasto, Us Against The World begins with delayed patterns of guitar and a lone church organ, before stripping back to just Chris Martin and his acoustic. Its approach sums up what makes Mylo Xyloto ticks; its production is far from stripped-down, but, unlike the bloated X&Y and the do-you-know-what-it-is-yet-cos-we-don’t mishmash of Viva La Vida, everything here is a servant to the melody. And, five tracks in, the melodies are some of their best; here, Chris Martin whispers “slow it down” as an orchestral swell builds around him. Just when you think it’s going to embark on a Fix You-esque outro, it finishes, perfectly.”

Up & Up

“Up & Up” (stylised as “Up&Up”) is a song by British rock band Coldplay from their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams (2015). It was released as the third single of the record on 22 April 2016 by Parlophone. Background vocals in the song are provided by Beyoncé, Annabelle Wallis and Merry Clayton. A music video for the track was released on 16 May 2016.

The song is characterized by the chorus choir, which was attended by almost all the artists who have collaborated with the album group, including Beyoncé, Brian Eno and the children of the four musicians. In the album there is also the participation of guitarist and singer Noel Gallagher, who runs the second guitar solo (omitted in the radio version of the individual).

Up with the Birds

“Up with the Birds” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all four members of the band for their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto. The track’s first section is built around organ, strings and piano, creating a downbeat, quiet mood, while the track’s second section is dominated by guitars and drums, featuring a faster tempo. The track also features samples from “Driven by You” (1991) by English musician Brian May and a lyrical interpolation of “Anthem” (1992) by Canadian musician Leonard Cohen.

It was released on 21 April 2012 as a limited edition 7″ single for Record Store Day, serving as the overall fifth single release from Mylo Xyloto. On the strength of digital downloads, the track charted at number 43 on the South Korea Gaon International Chart following the release of the album. Critical reception of the song was generally positive, with critics noting that the song was a good choice to serve as a closer to the album.

Up in Flames

Up in Flames is the second studio album by Canadian musician Dan Snaith, released on March 31, 2003 under his stage name Manitoba. It was reissued in 2006 and in 2013 under Snaith’s new name, Caribou.
The news program Democracy Now! uses “Kid You’ll Move Mountains” as part of their regular theme music.

Up in Flames was released to acclaim from critics. Metacritic assigns the album a mean score of 88 out of 100 based on reviews from 20 critics, translating to “universal acclaim.”[1] Online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed Up in Flames at number 106 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[11]

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