Coldplay Defy the Odds

When David Letterman introduced them as a band who won 7 Grammys Tuesday night, it struck me that Coldplay has been around long enough to take for granted. But when they performed “Paradise” here, the second single from their forthcoming new album, Mylo Xyloto, it reminded me of how talented this basic four-piece band really is.

No doubt Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion could have suffered any number of the mishaps that dismember 99 percent of the bands that taste success. Since they formed in 1998, Coldplay have managed to defy the odds and perpetuate a career that may someday rival U2.

In the meantime they consistently come up with a uniquely stylized, unmistakable sound that is always tuneful and rarely disappoints. “Paradise” follows the first single “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” from Mylo Xyloto — only their 5th album — which might explain how the band has stayed together. They take their time. With a consistent, united front, Coldplay has refrained from licensing their music for commercials and contributed 10 percent of their profits to charity.

Mylo Xyloto is set for release on October 24th. Coldplay will perform at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas on October 23rd, the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta on the 24th, and will tour Latin American and Europe through mid-December.

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