So what I’ll do is put both artists on shuffle alternately and each song that comes up will be pitted against the other.
(I am aware that this is a highly unfair way of conducting a test, there are double the amount of songs in Carpenters but still. I have both band’s discographies! Don’t judge me, I just love torrents.)
Let’s go, we’ll do five:
- Coldplay – ‘High Speed’ (Parachutes, 2000)
I really like the first line, ‘Can anybody drive this thing?’ [just looked up the lyrics and apparently it’s ‘Can anybody fly this thing’!]. It sounds like a film quote or something.
The musical content is very laid back and it doesn’t move me to my core, but it doesn’t offend me [yeah]. Nice chords I suppose, a lot of people say it’s Coldplay trying to be Radiohead OK Computer era – Subterranean Homesick Alien maybe, and as soon as you compare it to that it falls short. But it’s alright.
- Carpenters – ‘All You Get From Love Is A Love Song’ (Passage, 1977)
I am starting to have a bit of thing against mentioning love songs in love songs, it’s happened an awful lot in the history of pop music, most recently I noticed that a manufactured Irish girl band were doing it, it’s a bit old now isn’t it [catchy tune though]. But I suppose back in those crazy seventies it was fairly hip and with it, or maybe it was just as lame then.
Anyway, I think that this song is catchy, happy and well produced, however once again it did not ‘move me to my core’ [what is this core you speak of!?].
I’m gonna call that round a draw.
- Coldplay – The Hardest Part (X&Y, 2005)
What a strange (yet very cool) video.
So, from not their best album comes one of my favourite songs by them. A moving memorable melody with a hooky bit that they they seem oh so able to create. Apparently the band think that it sounds like ‘Losing my Religion’ by R.E.M and I suppose the rhythm is quite similar but I actually prefer this song, despite the lack of mandolin.
But yeah, lovely song.
- Carpenters – Sing (Now & Then, 1973)
It’s a Sesame Street song I hear! It all makes sense now. All the singing children and that. It’s a catchy song, but when placed in comparison with one of my favourite pop songs it makes it look silly.
Right, I’m getting bored now, which probably means you are too. I shall leave you in peace with optional listening posts of two brilliant songs: