You’ve GOT to Hear This: Coldplay – “Magic”

Coldplay has managed to impress nearly every member of the human race with every show stopping hit after hit. This British rock band, consisting of members Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, and Will Champion, has released a grand total of six albums, all of which have songs that you can cry, laugh, and dance to. The most recent album, Ghost Stories, has been under skepticism as to whether these guys could live up to their former albums and it’s success, but this nine track album is expected to set another bar with it’s release on May 19th. One of the singles, Magic, which is already available to the public, is certainly a feel-good listening to song with its words of commitment and romantic reassurance.

This simple and elegant song kicks off with and electronic drum and smooth bass line. Once the piano chimes in, the song slowly builds instead of overwhelming listeners with a huge production. As a result, this displays to us yet another signature Coldplay song, with its gradual build, and the eloquence of Chris Matin’s voice. Chris manages to overtake the song with his beautiful words of the magic of a rewarding love, and its certainly a heartwarming affirmation of lasting love. Although Coldplay is known for presenting a huge,stadium sized sounds, it’s refreshing to hear the band simplify with “Magic”, and bring the group back down to earth.

The most distinctive emotion that I found to take away from this song is love. Or rather the optimism behind the feeling. Whenever I listen to this song, it reminds me that a strong, enduring and of course, and ever lasting love is possible. Personally, I prefer to have this song on my running playlist, but it would be a solid addition to any playlist out there. You could listen to this song on  playlist after a breakup, the celebration of a wedding anniversary, or just a feel-good listening song for a snowy winters day.

Magic is likely to make a spot for itself on Coldplay’s very strong fifteen year music catalog because of this songs appeal to all sorts of music genres. Although Coldplay mainly fits underneath the ‘Alternative’ genre, this album is ready to cross into and appeal to rock music listeners, and it will most likely cross into mainstream pop. Although Coldplay has been around for nearly fifteen years, I don’t anticipate them burning out any time soon. If they keep impressing us like this, we might never live without Coldplay on the radio. And that’s a world I would like to live in.

Alexandria Hay |

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