Coldplay Go To Rio, Cry A Lot On "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall"

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Late last night the surprisingly effective sapmeisters who make up Coldplay released their new single "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall," and it's a pillowy dance anthem that's either about a breakup or about rising up against oppressive forces (lyrics like "don't want to see another generation drop/ I'd rather be a comma than a full stop" make it seem like the latter, but then there's a bit about "you" emerging from some sort of light and telling Chris Martin's narrator that everything's going to be all right, so who knows). The last minute or so is given over to a guitar rave-up that sounds absolutely glorious, with dueling riffs occasionally being given over to pealing guitars in such a way that makes me think it's going to be as big of a hit as a rock song can be this summer. Listen below.

In case you were wondering why the opening sounded sorta familiar, here's the 1976 song "I Go To Rio" by the Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen, who—along with "Rio" co-author Adrienne Anderson—has a writing credit on the Coldplay track:

And here's "Ritmo De La Noche," a 1990 song by the Sacados that also samples Allen's track and that has a similarly airy feel to the first half of "Waterfall" and a YouTube page that's already filled with arguments about Coldplay's exact inspiration (can someone get Joe Satriani on the line, please?):

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Americawest
Americawest

The version of Ritmo de la Noche above is NOT The Sacados but instead Lorca.

Ileana M.
Ileana M.

I love this band like crazy... The song is actually awesome. Love the melody. It sounds very 'fantastical' to me... don't know... Maybe I'm talking out of my a$$, but, I really do love this song. Brings me back to their "X&Y" album (which is my favorite). Can't wait to see them in concert! Thanks for posting this!!

pschase
pschase

It's been awhile since their last record hit the shelf...logic suggests that with time, a working artist might stumble upon a new (ish) idea, or at least a variation on their own theme. This sounds like Brian Eno flashing back HARD on some U2 sessions, and there may never be a good time to go around ripping off Peter Allen songs - those kinds of records are what they are - Is the second single gonna take the melody line from "Arthur's Theme" ?

I like Coldplay from their over ambitious indie band days. When Parachutes came out, it was actually kind of unique, believe it or not. They avoided the sophomore slump with  A Rush of Blood To the Head ( in my humble opinion ) and even X&Y had great moments. Since then it's been spotty, the kind of music pop stars make because that's what they do for money. I can only hope drugs were involved, a late night to decision to " just go ahead and use the Rio riff, it's a larf, mate " type thing.  Or maybe Apple ( not his daughter ) will roll out some IProduct to push the whole thing along.

Andy Hutchins
Andy Hutchins

I get the Eno, at least as a refraction of late-period U2. Also: Poorly mixed if that guitar riff throughout is really supposed to be at the same level as Martin's warble.

Chris Molanphy
Chris Molanphy

By giving Allen and Anderson the writing credit ahead of time, they've hopefully inoculated themselves from another round of Satriani-style accusations.

Simon J
Simon J

Really, pschase? Viva La Vida was surely more ambitious than X&Y. The title track Viva La Vida is surely the most likely number 1 single of all time: tubular bell-heavy chorus (!) and lyrics using bible-referencing imagery? I don't see how they've become less ambitious.

pschase
pschase

ok, that's true - the ambition is still there in boatloads, but for me it feels like they kept the drive to be huge, but not huge and distinctive. Their influences used to be part of the formula rather than the formula itself...

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