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Coldplay - 'Life in Technicolor ii'
Ever self-depreciating and concerned with world issues, Coldplay have stumbled across a new means of reducing their carbon footprint: recycling.
Taking time off from scrawling MTF - 'Make Trade Fair', come on now - on his left hand, Chris Martin has seen the opportunity to save an eighth of a tree by avoiding writing any new material and simply recording vocals over the instrumental chorus that began 2008's Vida La Vida.
While the original ('Life In Technicolor', no less) was a hushed, world music-influenced affair that provided an intriguing opening to a beguiling album, the extended version is an incongruous blend of Brian Eno's atmospherics and Martin's emotionless "woahs" and insipid lyrics.
Its only saving grace is Will Champion's machine-gun drumming that just about succeeds in infusing an element of intrigue into an otherwise humdrum experience.
Much like the Jay-Z-featuring 'Lost+' and the possibly forthcoming 'The Scientist Part Deux: Medicate This', 'Life In Technicolor ii' is perhaps best left to true enthusiasts and collectors. Great video though.