The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

The song that started it all (al­though some fans would say that hon­our goes to Cold­play’s first sin­gle, Shiver, from the same de­but al­bum) and the song that in­flu­enced a host of bands. It is re­ally quite mag­is­te­rial and, while cyn­ics might point to ob­vi­ous com­par­isons (Jeff Buck­ley, Echo & the Bun­ny­men, Ra­dio­head), there is no deny­ing its sweep and melodic un­der­tow. Un­like sub­se­quent Cold­play songs, it’s heart wrench­ing with­out be­ing smoth­ered in syrup, in­tense with­out re­sort­ing to bom­bas­tic cliches. Oh – and it’s also un­ques­tion­ably one of the best rock bal­lads of the Noughties.

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