Christmas Lights, by Coldplay


Released December 1, 2010

4 min, 2 sec

“Christmas Lights” is mostly Coldplay by the numbers, though with a surprisingly negative twist to its lyrics. “Christmas lights / another fight,” “it doesn’t really feel like Christmas at all,” etc. For Chris Martin in 2010, Christmas wasn’t all that great, it seems.

What’s interesting about the song is that its instrumentation is at odds with the lyrics. Coldplay can do dour, low-key music – hell, Ghost Stories is almost entirely that sort of music. For some reason, however, the band decided that juxtaposition was the better option this time around.

I think it’s a good song, overall. A little too pessimistic for a Christmas song, and particularly for Coldplay at this point in their career, but it was bound to happen eventually.

Happy New Year, from iTunes, A to Z.


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