THE TOP THREE PRE­TENDERS TO THE COLD­PLAY CROWN

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

KO­DA­LINE

You don’t have to travel far to find the lat­est “new” Cold­play, as Swords band Ko­da­line come as close to the de­scrip­tion as any. Like Cold­play, they have their fans adu­la­tory) and their de­trac­tors (quite a few mu­sic crit­ics, it seems), but there’s lit­tle deny­ing the Ir­ish act’s widescreen sound and emo­tive way with an epic, smart­phone-in-the-air bal­lad. Their huge commercial suc­cess is based, so far, on one soli­tary al­bum. Key song: High Hopes.

YOUNG THE GI­ANT

From Irvine, Cal­i­for­nia, this in­die rock act layer on the melodies, stack up the catchy hooks and rack up the hol­low bal­lads like they’re go­ing out of fash­ion. Re­garded as the Amer­i­can ver­sion of Cold­play, their suc­cess is from just two al­bums, so there ain’t no legacy cat­a­logue here yet - just sod­den in­die/pop songs such as My Body, Cough Syrup and Apart­ment (a song so happy it’s truly un­bear­able). Key song: Apart­ment.

OF MON­STERS AND MEN

This is dis­ap­point­ing – a band from Ice­land that isn’t weird (I mean, se­ri­ously!). Rather, you get a whole­some in­die sound un­der­scored by the plain voice of Nanna Bryn­dis Hil­mars­dot­tir. The US loves them and so does Ire­land – the band’s 2011 de­but (and only) al­bum, My Head is an An­i­mal, made the num­ber one spot. Again, huge suc­cess from just one al­bum. When will this mad­ness end? Key song: King and Lion­heart

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