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Coldplay — Talk
Album: X and Y
Avg rating:
6.9

Your rating:
Total ratings: 3014









Released: 2005
Length: 4:58
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Oh brother I can't I can't get through
I've been tryin' hard to reach you 'cause I don't know what to do
Oh brother I can't believe it's true
I'm so scared about the future and I want to talk to you
Oh I want to talk to you.

You can take a picture of something you see
In the future where will I be?
You can climb a ladder up to the sun
Or write a song nobody had sung
Or do something that's never been done

Are you lost or incomplete?
Do you feel like a puzzle, you can't find your missing piece?
Tell me how you feel
Well I feel like they're talkin' in a language I don't speak
And they're talkin' it to me

So you take a picture of something you see
In the future where will I be?
You can climb a ladder up to the sun
Or write a song nobody had sung or do
Something that's never been done, do
Something that's never been done

So you don't know where you're goin'
And you want to talk
And you feel like you're goin' where you've been before
You tell anyone who'll listen, but you feel ignored
But nothing's really makin' any sense at all, let's talk
Let's talk, let's talk, let's talk.

(Robot whistles)
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 dsd wrote:
I refuse to not like this song!  Fabulous!
 
forget the vocals  -- its that guitar hook that I love

 123heyaho! wrote:


Right, it just ain't. Totally misplaced on RP, too.
 

Agreed. The quality just isn't there. 
Bill can still be diverse or eclectic  or popular while playing quality music.
 itsme_bygolly wrote:


Jim Morrison was a tenor?
 
And Eddie Vedder?
 itsme_bygolly wrote:


Jim Morrison was a tenor?
 
Tom Waits, The National, do I need to go further?
 jhorton wrote:

Every great rock singer ever has been a tenor. It is the range required to cut through the range of rhythm guitar and bass. If you try to sing it an octave lower, it washes out in the rhythm. it's the same reason why the lead instrument has always been, fiddle, sax/trumpet or electric guitar.

I hate Coldplay with a passion, but he is singing in the correct range. 
 

Jim Morrison was a tenor?
 Azrica wrote:
Am not really a Coldplay fan, but i have rated this song 10,  simply because this song helped my friend conquer her depression.
And every time I hear the song i think of her, years ago we have promised to text each other whenever we hear the song regardless where we are...  Thank you Coldpaly !
 
Props to you, Azrica, for sharing this wonderful tradition and a reminder that music binds us all in many ways. I think I will tap that...probably not with a CP song though...
Coldplay has written many fine songs, including this one - 9.
No, it's not a bandwagon.

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 123heyaho! wrote:
Right, it just ain't. Totally misplaced on RP, too.
 
The way to tell you're wrong about something being "Totally misplaced on RP" is that it gets played on RP.
 clwguy wrote:
Hearing them back to back I rate the Kraftwerk original a 1 and the Coldplay version 9. Computer Love is just annoying noise. Coldplay turned it into an actual likeable song.
 

You really are a clever guy when you managed to escape under the radar of the  Coldplay's haters. 
I like exactly 7 Coldplay's songs. This is one of them. 
 Stetsonman wrote:

it aint good music
 

Right, it just ain't. Totally misplaced on RP, too.
so Marmite, this "band"

cant stand them, best if you stopped putting out records chris.
it aint good music
Am not really a Coldplay fan, but i have rated this song 10,  simply because this song helped my friend conquer her depression.
And every time I hear the song i think of her, years ago we have promised to text each other whenever we hear the song regardless where we are...  Thank you Coldpaly !
This is just what the music business wants you to like! Coldplay is an utterly sad example for commercially made music.... bah!
 
I thought this radio station claimed itself to be commercial free?
 ace-marc wrote:


It's simple.
We bash them because they are boring and bland.
Top 40 radio fodder at best.
 
Yeah YOUR opinion. Some people dare to have another one.

What now?

3. World War?
Album cover art matches the dynamics of this band!
 BCarn wrote:
Not sure why people mock or bash this band. They're pretty damn good. Perhaps the mockers are just a bunch of sheep following some fool on a show that decided to pick on them?
 

It's simple.
We bash them because they are boring and bland.
Top 40 radio fodder at best.
When everyone in the world has decided that Coldplay sucks, I will still love this number.  Thank you Kraftwerk for the wonderful contribution.
 BCarn wrote:
Not sure why people mock or bash this band. They're pretty damn good. Perhaps the mockers are just a bunch of sheep following some fool on a show that decided to pick on them?
 
On the one hand, i give your comment a "thumbs up" because i agree: there are certain bands that are disliked because it's fashionable to dislike them (and i believe coldplay is one)

on the other hand, I rate this song a 2... and i rate nearly every other coldplay song i've ever heard a 4 or lower... I just do not like the guy's voice and/or the band's style... It feels like U2-lite.
Computerliebe
Coldplay gets an automatic PSD from me..
You can't fault a band for wanting to make.  If you could do this you would. 
Verzichtbar bei Radio Paradise - läuft jeden Tag im Radio.
Not necessary to be played - i must hear it on radio every day
 BCarn wrote:
Not sure why people mock or bash this band. They're pretty damn good. Perhaps the mockers are just a bunch of sheep following some fool on a show that decided to pick on them?
 
Or people just don't like the direction the band took after their 2nd Album.
I prefer ABBA I hate fake emotions.
So true!  Makes the Kraftwerk sound even better though.

thewiseking wrote:
Interesting thing about Coldplay; the more you listen, the worse it sounds
 

Interesting thing about Coldplay; the more you listen, the worse it sounds
Could do without Coldplay, Cougar, Cranberries, and Counting Crows.
Change all out to Cale,  Clash, Cracker, and Cave.
Commercial POP. Have a toot & a drinky & enjoy!
Guess I just don't get their sound. I keep hearing a softer version of U2 or something.  And vocals kind of blah. To each their own. 
I think Bryan Eno just got these boys to sing all of his favorite songs, this is not the only track on X + Y that sounds uncannily like something else.
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
Hey, for Coldplay haters, I have a great idea..it is called PSD.
 
What a great idea. Let's make that extra satisfying with a saucy comment: Coldplay sucks - question is, do they swallow? {#Moon}
So anytime Bill plays Kraftwerk I have to listen to Coldplay after?

You win some you lose some.
-x isn’t my cup of tea -rate it low -PSD -on with my life
Hey, for Coldplay haters, I have a great idea..it is called PSD.
 clwguy wrote:
Hearing them back to back I rate the Kraftwerk original a 1 and the Coldplay version 9. Computer Love is just annoying noise. Coldplay turned it into an actual likeable song.
 
cringeworthy assessment. 
Hi there!  Love RP!  Meant to message you yesterday 8/30 asking if you have ever been able to access the original version of "Big Hard Sun" by the band Indio.  I like Eddie Vedder's version of it but cannot for the life of me ever find the original.  Would love to hear it again.  Thanks for a great radio station.  
Or do something that's sort of already been done.
This band has among the best pop keyboards arrangements in history.
 Proclivities wrote:

The members of Kraftwerk were not "middle-aged" when they wrote "Computer Love", but they were German.
 
Still German to this day!
Was just about to proceed with my annual contribution to RP when this tripe came on. Bad timing, Bill...
Hearing them back to back I rate the Kraftwerk original a 1 and the Coldplay version 9. Computer Love is just annoying noise. Coldplay turned it into an actual likeable song.
 sdwright wrote:
What a great segue Bill... yours are worldclass.  Lotsa folks moan and whine about Coldplay, but me, I heart them.  

 
Agree on all fronts.
I like Coldplay. Sue me.
Heh, nice seque from Kraftwerk, never noticed it before.
 firefly6 wrote:

Yes, when Coldplay borrowed riffs written by middle-aged German men...

 
The members of Kraftwerk were not "middle-aged" when they wrote "Computer Love", but they were German.

Thank you  Coldplay
for  Talk

To me 7 - Quite Likeable   and TY RP


 ShaunJ wrote:

One of my favorites from the Coldplay lads {#Cool}

 
I agree!   One of the best from Coldplay.  Have this one rated a 10.



 maboleth wrote:
Nice progression from real creators of these riffs - Kraftwerk, Computer love to this. Thank you RP. :)

 
I agree with Maboleth, nice work!
Nice progression from real creators of these riffs - Kraftwerk, Computer love to this. Thank you RP. :)
that oldplay guitar line reminds me of the Edge from U2, only played slower and less well
Great song. I like Coldplay. Thanks Bill!
My rating: 10 to Kraftwerk; 1 to Coldplay.
 thewiseking wrote:
let's see. howzabout we rip off Kraftwerk, do a lil whining, then steal the tone of Sonic Youth, mash it all up and sell it. Gwyneth will love it!

 
so true !

Thank you  Coldplay
for  Talk

To me 7 - Quite Likeable   and TY RP


 crackker8385 wrote:
F#@% Coldplay

 
Coldplay, so very very very WRONG and lame.
F#@% Coldplay
let's see. howzabout we rip off Kraftwerk, do a lil whining, then steal the tone of Sonic Youth, mash it all up and sell it. Gwyneth will love it!
 Tomasni wrote:

Thank you  Coldplay
for  Talk

To me 7 - Quite Likeable



 
same here :)
 
 diannemck56 wrote:
Before everyone starts grumbling, I want to say THANKS BILL.  It's nice to hear Coldplay every now and then.{#Dancingbanana_2}

 
amen to that!
Before everyone starts grumbling, I want to say THANKS BILL.  It's nice to hear Coldplay every now and then.{#Dancingbanana_2}
I come here to escape Coldplay! One of their better songs but still banal
I like pop music. I like this song. 

Coldplay are not a guilty pleasure. I like some of their songs.
 RichardArthur wrote:

Funny as the guitar riff is actually from a Kraftwerk song.

 
They gave Kraftwerk due credit for borrowing the riff for "Computer Love". Coldplay worked it well here.

Thank you  Coldplay
for  Talk

To me 7 - Quite Likeable


 BCarn wrote:
Not sure why people mock or bash this band. They're pretty damn good. Perhaps the mockers are just a bunch of sheep following some fool on a show that decided to pick on them?

 
I think you are on to something.  Negative criticism of something popular is used by some as an affectation.    One of the things I love about RP is that Bill doesn't seem to ever go there—case in point:  he just cued up "Walk Like an Egyptian". 
Oh, brother.
I still cannot understand how listeners are able to enjoy the singer's voice. Everyone to their own!
the singer's voice is what it is. And he sounds just fine, being himself. The guitar riff is most ace, since he ripped it off from Kraftwerk.
 Blackdalhia wrote:
nice song but to me sounds like U2... Especially the Guitar riff.... 

 
Funny as the guitar riff is actually from a Kraftwerk song.
nice song but to me sounds like U2... Especially the Guitar riff.... 
 below72 wrote:

Teenage girls like voices that remind them of their own. And a male singing in a high register is non-threatening isn't it?
And the male singer wants to make money, doesn't he?
If Robert Plant, Jon Bon Jovi, and Chris Martin had baritone voices - they'd never have made it.  period.{#Clap} 

 
Tenors seem to have dominated pop and rock music since the 1960s, but baritones such as Jim Morrison, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, and Iggy Pop have "made it" to different extents.  Of course, Sinatra and Presley were baritones as well.
Not sure why people mock or bash this band. They're pretty damn good. Perhaps the mockers are just a bunch of sheep following some fool on a show that decided to pick on them?
 jessenaiman wrote:
Why can't men sing in a real register instead of trying to emulate pre-pubescent boys? 

 
Every great rock singer ever has been a tenor. It is the range required to cut through the range of rhythm guitar and bass. If you try to sing it an octave lower, it washes out in the rhythm. it's the same reason why the lead instrument has always been, fiddle, sax/trumpet or electric guitar.

I hate Coldplay with a passion, but he is singing in the correct range. 
 VH1 wrote:

So in your opinion the only people listening to Robert Plant, Jon Bon Jovi and Chris Martin or other male singers with that high pitched

voice (one should not foget the Bee Gees here, who invented this Castrato style singing) are teenage girls?

So middle aged women are NOT listening to Robert Plant and Jon Bon Jovi? Only Johnny Cash then?

And only teenage girls are listening to David Bowie then? hmm.....{#Stupid}

Thats a very strange logic! {#Exclaim}
 

 
There's NO logic at all - only frustrated ill-mindedness...

Talk is far too sophisticated song by a way too talented singer to be tolerated by a mean xenophob.
 below72 wrote:

Teenage girls like voices that remind them of their own. And a male singing in a high register is non-threatening isn't it?
And the male singer wants to make money, doesn't he?
If Robert Plant, Jon Bon Jovi, and Chris Martin had baritone voices - they'd never have made it.  period.{#Clap} 

 
So in your opinion the only people listening to Robert Plant, Jon Bon Jovi and Chris Martin or other male singers with that high pitched

voice (one should not foget the Bee Gees here, who invented this Castrato style singing) are teenage girls?

So middle aged women are NOT listening to Robert Plant and Jon Bon Jovi? Only Johnny Cash then?

And only teenage girls are listening to David Bowie then? hmm.....{#Stupid}

Thats a very strange logic! {#Exclaim}
 
I wonder about that many haters here??!!!!
Why??
For me this is good music!
IBG

I be gone. 
 basilarnold wrote:

Sing your songs with your own beautiful voice then... {#Moon}

 
THIS.
 jessenaiman wrote:
Why can't men sing in a real register instead of trying to emulate pre-pubescent boys? 

 
Teenage girls like voices that remind them of their own. And a male singing in a high register is non-threatening isn't it?
And the male singer wants to make money, doesn't he?
If Robert Plant, Jon Bon Jovi, and Chris Martin had baritone voices - they'd never have made it.  period.{#Clap} 
 firefly6 wrote:

Yes, when Coldplay borrowed riffs written by middle-aged German men...

 
They are a HANDSOME BUNCH!
Kraftwerk.
This is awful. The Kraftwerk sample. The dull vocals. Formulaic early naughts crap. Cold Play indeed.
 jessenaiman wrote:
Why can't men sing in a real register instead of trying to emulate pre-pubescent boys? 

 
{#Lol}
I like the way you put it, although there are some prebuscent voices that I might like by your definition. But this one, I don't know it got used pretty  quick. I use it as a timer when I bake bread or cakes. Effect is quite efficient: I run. (Sorry for the persons who like him, I'm just a bit sarcastic, but actually I don't bite)

The PSD lead me to "This will be the day that I die ... A generation lost in space...bye bye miss American Pie...they caught the last train to the coast...lalala"
 
Why can't men sing in a real register instead of trying to emulate pre-pubescent boys? 
 DavidFromHouston wrote:
Oh, back when Coldplay was actually good and their songs weren't written by middle-aged Swedish men. 

 
Yes, when Coldplay borrowed riffs written by middle-aged German men...
Coldplay - The Ambrosia of the 21st Century.

"Holdin Onnnnnnnn To Yesterday ..." 
You can say what you want about Coldplay but they know how to make a guitar sound great.
Title is a coldplay.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
My ears feel that this is a great song.  Lacerated, again, by crummy falsetto.  

 
Sing your songs with your own beautiful voice then... {#Moon}
Oh, back when Coldplay was actually good and their songs weren't written by middle-aged Swedish men. 
My ears feel that this is a great song.  Lacerated, again, by crummy falsetto.  
I find the comments below ironic for this specific song's theme. 
I refuse to not like this song!  Fabulous!
awful!
This group is a kind of joke !
 westslope wrote:

Not sure that counts 1wolfy.  We agree on just about everything!

Terrific song. 

 
One of my favorites from the Coldplay lads {#Cool}
I don't get that people don't get Coldplay. It's people making music.  Some like the music, some don't.  Isn't that pretty much the history of music?  I like it.
 1wolfy wrote:
 Yes...we agree !  westslope wrote:   

2 1/2 years later I still maintain that this tune, the writing, the studio mixing, it is all brilliant.



 
 
Not sure that counts 1wolfy.  We agree on just about everything!

Terrific song. 
 Falcon wrote:
Meh. This album made me walk away from coldplay. 
 
I think it's the best one by far. Oh well. Love 'What If".
 adpucci wrote:
way too much coldplay on RP {#Frustrated}
 
Not at all...more
way too much coldplay on RP {#Frustrated}
are u serious? 6.8?
 
Squeal, peep, whine...
 Proclivities wrote:

In the credits for this song, members of Kraftwerk are listed among the composers - nothing was "stolen".  

From Wikipedia:  The band received permission from the electronic music German band Kraftwerk to use the main riff from its song "Computer Love" (German: Computerliebe), from its 1981 studio album Computer World (German: Computerwelt), for "Talk", replacing Kraftwerk's synthesizers with guitars.

 
The quote from Kraftwerk's Ralf Hütter is funny...

"Yes, you can use it, and thank you very much for asking my permission, unlike that bastard Jay-Z."
Stole the riff off Kraftwerk and made it sappy
Meh. This album made me walk away from coldplay. 
 rocklandlove wrote:
I *seriously* hope they licensed this song from Kraftwerk, as it is note for note, chord for chord, in certain places.

 
In the credits for this song, members of Kraftwerk are listed among the composers - nothing was "stolen".  

From Wikipedia:  The band received permission from the electronic music German band Kraftwerk to use the main riff from its song "Computer Love" (German: Computerliebe), from its 1981 studio album Computer World (German: Computerwelt), for "Talk", replacing Kraftwerk's synthesizers with guitars.

@rocklandlove

Dito! all just stolen... :-(


I *seriously* hope they licensed this song from Kraftwerk, as it is note for note, chord for chord, in certain places.
 
Preceded by a horrible instrumental Fix You by Low Strung. Good job I quite like cold play 
Very nice song!
 treatment_bound wrote:
 ncarus wrote:
What a load of dogs gonads


Shouldn't you have included an apostrophe in the word dogs somewhere?

Is it dog's (as in your dog, who you refer to as "dog")?

Or is it dogs' (as in several random dogs) who hate Coldplay?

 
No one likes a pedant but there is only one place an apostrophe could have been inserted. Nobody like do'gs, do they?
 jagdriver wrote:
Ahhhh.... back when Coldplay was interesting.

 
I was thinking the same thing. Too bad they got grabbed by the pop market.
 Govi wrote:
nice sequence: this song preceded by Low Strung's cover of "Fix You."  Good then gooder.  {#Good-vibes}

 
music really is subjective... I was thinking exactly the opposite !

two Coldplay songs in a row is too much ! ok the previous song was the instrumental version of "Fix you", it's still bad.

Sorry but I'm perfectly permeable to the "magic" of coldplay, their songs get on my nerves with the singer's voice, the lack of energy and those idealist lyrics. It's like Paulo Coelho but in music. To me, they are trying too hard to be "poetic" and "dreamy" etc, it's a fake depth. They are doing pop music and should assume it instead of pretending to be something more philosophical or of higher quality.


nice sequence: this song preceded by Low Strung's cover of "Fix You."  Good then gooder.  {#Good-vibes}
Ahhhh.... back when Coldplay was interesting.