Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New Singles

As I do some last minute preparations for my exam this afternoon, I checked out a couple of the new singles that were released on iTunes today from two of my favourite bands. Of course, for a mere $0.99 I had to grab them. It's a bright spot in what is otherwise a day full of work and drudgery.

Firstly, the new single from The White Stripes, "Blue Orchid." It's got a driving guitar riff that pushes the song forward, not unlike "Seven Nation Army," but faster tempo and more variation. Jack's voice sounds a little bit more filtered, different than it's usual raw feel. Nonetheless, I like it and it bodes well for the upcoming album Get Behind Me Satan. Something a little bit new without throwing out all the good stuff.

Second, Coldplay, "Speed of Sound" is definitely not a huge leap forward, and far less different from the status quo than the Stripes track. But sometime I think that innovation is overrated. The guys know what they're good at and do it well. The single rests on the simple piano progression and Chris Martin's vocals carrying the story. The more I listen to it, I think this could be a good U2 track actually. Reminiscent of "City of Blinding Lights" off of Atomic Bomb, with the piano, the cymbal heavy drumming and "Edge-like" guitar. That's not a bad thing though, as I've always felt that Coldplay has a lot of similarities to U2. I'm looking forward to the new album.


At 11:19 a.m., Blogger Ewan said...

Damn you and your downloading! I'm jealous...i guess i'll have to do it the old fashioned way- time to start up Kazaa again.

At 1:24 p.m., Blogger Dean Ziegler said...

Oh how I love the White Stripes, last summer Elephant invaded my brain. I can't wait for the new one, anybody who's down with Satan is cool in my books.

At 3:09 p.m., Blogger Luke said...

My love for the White Stripes is also quite great. They are so good at reinventing themselves but keeping a solid core. Their is such a jump between White Blood Cells and Elephant, that i can only expect new and interestig thing from "get behind me satan." If "Blue Orchid" is any indication we can have high expectations.

At 12:35 p.m., Blogger Anders said...

Hate to burst your bubble Dean, but the title of the album is actually a quote by Jesus.

"Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Matthew 16:23

I still think it's a damn catchy title.

At 9:47 p.m., Blogger Dean Ziegler said...

Man, I know Jesus is really down with Satan, he aint fooling nobody.

At 10:24 p.m., Blogger Ryan said...

man, that sounds good.


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