Ellen: Coldplay Performs ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ & ‘Paradise’


Coldplay Performance On Ellen

Ellen invited Coldplay to perform “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” and “Paradise”, songs from their new album Mylo Xyloto.

This was Coldplay’s first time on the show and Ellen said she had been waiting for it ever since the show began, approximately nine years ago.


Ellen: Coldplay ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ Performance Review

Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall Coldplay: Ellen

Coldplay performed their hit songs "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" and "Paradise." (waynehowes / Shutterstock.com)

This song was boring. It’s feels like the same song they’ve been playing for the last half decade or so. It was monotonous.

An annoyingly bright sounding acoustic guitar jangled in the background. Though this definitely made the song sound more full, it was almost too full. Like there was no space for the song to breathe. The whole instrumentation was cluttered and lifeless.


Ellen: Chris Martin Coldplay Performance

Speaking of lifeless, neither the bassist nor the drummer did much of anything interesting during this song. They kept a nice pocket, but that’s about it. The bassist’s performance was especially disappointing. He could have done a lot more melodic and funky things than the simple root notes he was playing. This may have broken up the monotony of the song.

Perhaps the most disappointing part of the performance was Chris Martin. He is unbearably boring, both as a vocalist and a performer. His voice is thin and is relatively two dimensional. The only thing his voice seems to express is Chris’ consistent artistic urging to take his melodramatic musical statements seriously.

Ellen: Coldplay ‘Paradise’ Performance Review

This song was more thoughtful and engaging than the previous one. It also featured Chris playing piano, which was much appreciated since it kept him from jumping around stage like an awkward prepubescent moron.

The two things that seemed much cooler about this song were the drumbeat and the guitar playing. The drum beat was a little more fun and inventive, heavily utilizing the open high hat. The guitar playing was beautiful and seemed very reminiscent of The Edge, guitarist from U2.

However, a lot of the elements that made the last song a snooze-fest were still present. Chris’ voice was just as bland in this performance, especially during the refrain “para para paradise.” The bassist’s performance was just as uninspired as on the previous song. Instead of doing anything interesting, he just lethargically migrated from root note to root note. There may have been a few walks or fills here and there, but all in all, it was pretty rudimentary.


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