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Coldplay is trying some new things as it works on its fourth album with legendary producer Brian Eno. Rolling Stone has the scoop on its website. “We felt like the first three albums were a trilogy, and we finished that,” says guitarist Johnny Buckland. “So we wanted to do something different.” The band let RS hear the songs they’re working on, and most are refreshingly, bracingly different from Coldplay hits like “Clocks” and “Speed of Sound.”
Several tracks are considerably rougher around the edges, with distorted guitars and more prominent percussion. The lyrics are darker, dealing with recurring themes of death and loneliness. And on several songs, Martin extends his vocal palette considerably beyond the falsetto that has largely defined him, exhibiting a lower, sexier mode that feels more personal and real.