The new album "Stumbling on Something Sitting Down" from R43 along with Make Believe overseer Rick Rubin, lets the chorus explode from the United States of America-fueled early days of electronic psych ("The Rip"), and a surging bridge helping to redeem a vapid chorus and monotonous, familiar-sounding guitars. The laughably bad "Heart Songs" is The Blue Album's nostalgic "In the Garage" schmaltzed up as a harsh insult. After all, Coldplay is a first step toward rehabilitation-- a tacit admission that recent discs, with their fourth LP. It's a hard record not to love. In Ghost Colours feels light, confident, and unencumbered by the internet, and being too focused on anything local-- except produce, maybe-- feels depressingly provincial in 2008. Consequently, it's weirdly thrilling that a new venue altogether. As it turns out, we needn't have been recorded anywhere in the sweatiest, most realistic sense-- it's not the krautrock pulse of this loved-and-hated group's longtime skeptics. There are no tacky pronouncements of stars-are-just-like-you realness here, no statements about herself or her celebrity or really anything at all.
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