Tender Trap – Rough Trade East (14/07/10)

If you can, go see them – you’ll come away feeling a lot happier than you went in, and if that’s not worth the price of a ticket, I don’t know what is.

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Coldplay – Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (2008)

What’s going on, here, then? For once, a Coldplay album has left me feeling curious, rather than emotionally drained, bruised, bored, or weepy (delete as applicable.) I want to explore it more, and delve into its sonic pockets, decipher the rather abstract lyrics and work out what it’s all about. Apart from ‘Violet Hill’, there’s nothing here that’ll spawn a number one, although ‘Yes’ will lift hundreds of thousands of concert goers into the stratosphere.