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411 Music Fact or Fiction 05.16.14: Coldplay Makes Us Sleepy
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.16.2014

Welcome to another edition of Fact or Fiction: Music. I'm your host, Joseph Lee.

This week we have Jeremy Thomas against Jeff Modzelewski

1) Eminem's video for "Headlights" was really good.

Jeff Modzelewski: FACT. Wow. That's a tear-jerker right there. The song isn't his best song, but it's something that he probably had to write and that's just how it came out. After so many years and such public hatred, this is a beautiful example of forgiveness and growing up. I can't imagine this being done any better. May be one of the best videos I've ever seen, certainly one of the most emotional.

Jeremy Thomas: FACT. Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with Eminem's career knows his troubled relationship with his mother. There's no shortage of tracks in Em's discography that tackle his anger at the way Debbie Mathers raised him, but over the past several years his stance on her has changed and "Headlights" is his apology to her for all the things that he's said. The video is a touching way to portray that. Say what you want about Spike Lee, but he's always had a great visual sense and I liked the way it played out here. It's not Eminem's flashiest music video but it's one I enjoy.

Score: 1 for 1

2) The addition of Tommy Lee makes the next Smashing Pumpkins album more interesting.

Jeff Modzelewski: FICTION. Look, Tommy Lee is a fine drummer I suppose. I'm not a Motley Crue fan or anything, but he's at least somewhat respected. But I don't listen to the Smashing Pumpkins expecting hair-metal drumming. I want to see if Billy Corgan is going to write good songs. That's all that matters in the end. The album will be interesting if he puts together an interesting collection of songs. No drummer is going to make or break it.

Jeremy Thomas: FICTION. It's a headline-grabbing move but it isn't one that I think will make any significant changes to the group's sound. Listen, Tommy Lee is a damned good drummer. I don't think anyone would deny that. But Billy Corgan has cultivated a particular sound for Smashing Pumpkins that Lee's style fits into well and I doubt that we will see Lee go too far outside of those lines. I don't think that this will drag it down or raise it up; it will keep the band exactly where it is currently at musically and that's just fine.

Score: 2 for 2

3) T.I.'s new song "Turn It" was an impressive return.

Jeff Modzelewski: FICTION. Didn't even realize he was gone. I kind of enjoy the dark style behind it, but it's not gonna be a song I listen to more than once. I'm not familiar enough with T.I. to know what his style has been, and nothing I've ever heard from him makes me want to follow his career. Anyways, I don't hate it, which is a step in the right direction, but I'm not overly impressed either.

Jeremy Thomas: FICTION. I don't hate T.I., but he's never been one of my favorites and that's coming from a Southern rap fan. He has some solid numbers on his resume but "Turn It" isn't one of them. It sounds generic on a musical level; the beat is garden-variety DJ Toomp work and the lyrics are nothing to write home about. T.I.'s flow is as tight as ever and that's the only thing that I find worth listening to in this song. There are a lot of worse rappers out there putting up far lesser work than this, but it's just flat-out forgettable to me.

Score: 3 for 3


4) You enjoy what you've heard from Coldplay's Ghost Stories.

Jeremy Thomas: FICTION. I'll likely expound upon this a little more if I get a review out, but Coldplay is one of those bands I've always had an appreciation for. I enjoy all their work from Parachutes through Viva La Vida and while Mylo Xyloto wasn't quite as good, it had its moments. I've never quite understood the hate that this group has received. Ghost Stories isn't unlistenable but it is musically flat. They've dropped a lot of their epic swells and flourishes for this one and I get why, but that leaves the sounds that got them voted the band most likely to make you fall asleep. And I don't even mean that in a bad way, but it's hard to deny that this album just isn't as sonically interesting. The lyrics are fine for a Coldplay album, but the band has never been known for their lyrical skills. There's no other way of saying this; it's lackluster.

Jeff Modzelewski: FICTION. Sorry, I'm a little groggy after that nap. I don't understand the appeal of this band at all. They're like some bastardized mix of U2 and Enya. I don't know who they appeal to other than folks with insomnia. I'll continue to be baffled by the fact that Coldplay even exists as a popular act.

Score: 4 for 4

5) Metallica is a great choice to headline Glastonbury 2014.

Jeremy Thomas: FACT. I can't say I have a huge stake in this as I'm not going to fly across the world to go to Glastonbury, but it's still exciting news for those who are able to go. It's always good at these festivals to spread out the musical styles unless you're aiming for a specific genre. Metallica is definitely a way to spread that out. Sure, they don't have a lot in common with Arcade Fire, Kasabian or Dolly Parton but how similar are Dolly and Arcade Fire? This will drive interest in the festival for sure and whether you like the band's latest work or not, they've always brought it in their live shows. Nice move by the festival promoters.

Jeff Modzelewski: FACT. Sure, why not? Metallica are legends, no one can deny that. They put on a memorable live performance. They're on par with any band in the world as far as having a following and recognition. If you can get Metallica to headline your event, it's a good idea.

Score: 5 for 5

6) You have no interest in a Pitbull-hosted New Year's Eve special on FOX.

Jeremy Thomas: FACT. I have little interest in anything Pitbull does. I also don't watch New Year's Eve specials. Therefore it's a very simple answer for me. I will give Mr. 305 credit for having a good sense of humor as a rule and maybe he'll be better as a personality than as a performer. Let's not kid ourselves though; he'll be performing. It takes something truly special for me to tune into these kinds of specials and this just doesn't fit the bill.

Jeff Modzelewski: FACT. I really have no interest in any New Years Eve special on any channel. My goal on NYE is either to be at a show or streaming a show from a band that I actually enjoy. If I'm not doing that, I'l be drinking and playing cards with family. I'm pretty sure I'll never see a minute of any Pitbull NYE special.

Score: 6 for 6

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