Brian Eno Producing Coldplay's New Record

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Coldplay’s X&Y record was their penultimate musical masterpiece but a lyrical hodgepodge. It didn’t top Rush of Blood to the Head as a whole album. It’s not that it is a bad record. It’s just not the best I think they could have released. Possibly because they dropped their producer and got a new one. When you change up the working process, the dynamic of the band gets thrown. I think that affected the record adversely.

Producers are like significant others. A band and a producer flirt and dance around with discussions of top ten albums and insider knowledge that would make High Fidelity look like “Rock ‘n’ Roll 101”. At a point, you decide to hop into bed together and make a record. For all intents and purposes, the band is now blended with that producer. His style and influence will change the band, very much in the same way that a girlfriend will change a man’s wardrobe, dining ettiquite and music tastes. You blend—generally for the better.

U2, for example, has only worked with a handful of producers and they’ve all worked with each other. It’s a large family there. Steve Lillywhite, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, and
Flood. That’s basically it. Flood used to engineer for Eno/Lanois. Lillywhite has mixed and produced with Eno/Lanois on U2 records and outright produced the first three (Boy | October | War).

However, if you jump in bed too quickly and don’t really know what the other person is about, the relationship might not be so good. This is what I believe happend with Coldplay when they dropped Ken Nelson.

So today, Brian Eno broke the news in an interview on BBC Radio 4 Front Row. I am excited because Eno is notorious for stripping bands down and making them aproach things from a whole different angle. Take U2’s The Unforgettable Fire, which included Bono scatting over a tape of the band perfoming run backwards. Or JamesWah Wah, the outtakes and experiments from the Laid sessions (the record known only for the line “She only comes when she’s on top” outside of the music world).

This should really make for an interesting record. It’s something Dave Matthews Band should have done instead of Everyday (see The Lillywhite Sessions drama).

Pitchfork carried a story about the new connection and has such cute quips as “he will try to fix them” and “If there’s anything worse than Colplay trying to sound like Coldplay, it’s Coldplay trying to sound like the Talking Heads.”

Ah. Indie rockers. Indie rockers who still owe me money for site updates mind you. Too hip to listen to Coldplay. I can only imagine what they would say about my band.

I digress. New Coldplay record. Brian Eno producing. Due 2008. You can listen to the interview from the BBC on their site.

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