Ellen: Coldplay “Fix You” Performance Review

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Ellen: Coldplay Exclusive Performance

Coldplay recently gave Ellen an amazing performance of two songs off their new album Mylo Xyloto. Ellen said that there was one song they played, just for her, that wasn’t aired on the show. The song was “Fix You,” off their album X&Y. Apparently, it’s one of Ellen’s favorite songs and she decided to share the video footage from the performance.

On a previous show, Coldplay performed “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” and “Paradise.” Band members Chris Martin & Jonny Buckland also talked about the new album, Mylo Xyloto.

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Ellen: Coldplay “Fix You” Performance Review

Coldplay "Fix You" Performance: Ellen

Coldplay performed their song "Fix You" just for Ellen. (Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)

I don’t care for much of anything that Coldplay does these days, but their older stuff is a bit of a guilty pleasure, so it was really cool to see them perform “Fix You.”

The song started out kind of dull, with Chris singing and playing piano without any additional accompaniment.

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The real life of the song came as soon as the chorus hit. It still had the minimalist sound of only piano and vocals, but drummer Will Champion sang background vocals. The result was absolutely gorgeous.

After the first chorus, the song kind of ambled forward, adding guitar and bass but avoiding drums.

Jonny Buckland’s guitar parts were hard to judge. On one hand, it was admirable that Jonny was playing for the song, instead of showing off. Yet, the parts he played were almost too simple and catchy.

Guy Berryman’s bass parts were lackluster, as per usual. He could do a lot more to add to the songs. His playing is flat, without any real melodic or rhythmic creativity. He almost exclusively plays the root notes of whatever chords Jonny or Chris are banging away on.

The song picked up a bit in the middle, even adding drums. It was cool, but also kind of monotonous. That’s the thing that’s really disappointing about this band. They have moments of brilliance that become meaningless in the larger monotony of their music.

The song ended just as dully as it began, with Chris singing and playing piano alone.

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