Some Big Stars With Last Minute Singles: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Coldplay
As the hours tick (tok) through to another Christmas (to quote The Beatles: Christmas comes but once a year and when it comes you know it’s here), three of the biggest stars in the world drop new songs to herald in the season. Sadly, the results were, how you say, a bummer.
Taylor Swift hasn’t shut up since August, the album, the remix, the deluxe album, the Netflix movie, the soundtrack of the Netflix movie, the second album, the remix, and still to come the deluxe album. And in the meantime, Taylor chose to drop one of her lesser songs and even by the often bottom of the barreling Christmas slop singles, a big fat turkey with the release of a live version from 2019 of the 2019 single “Christmas Tree Farm” – Recorded Live at the 2019 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball. I saw her at MSG’s original and still best 25 year tradition where she played it (here) and while the set was fine the problem with “Christmas Tree Farm” remained, it didn’t have that Xmas jingliness. Fortunately for Swift, she currently has the # 1 album and single in the country, so what does she care? (Grade: C).
Unfortunately for Ed Sheeran and Coldplay we can’t say the same for them. Ed’s No.6 Collaborations Project was a huge disappointment and still sold well, just not Divide well. An album it isn’t half as good as. Coldplay had a bad album with Everyday Life, an album without one hit on it. compounded by the bands decision not to tour any more because it is bad for the environment, the only decision Chris martin has made that I can wholeheartedly get behind.
Ed’s “Afterglow” was announced with “Afterglow is a song I wrote last year that I wanted to release for you. It’s not the first single from the next album, it’s just a song I love, and hope you love too. ” A minor if not unpleasant acoustic song not to be mistaken with the Small Faces great song, The acoustic strummer on top and synth below, but the lyric is naff and the tune half formed (Grade: C+). “Flags,” a Japanese deluxe only song off their last album, finally seeing the rising sun. It isn’t a good song, but it has a great sound. The guitars ring like Christmas bells on a song that isn’t about Christmas. It is Coldplay as power pop band, and a welcome change-up… the lyric is terrible… (Grade: B-)
“And the Holy Roman Army
Said your heart beats like everyone else
You don’t need no flags to tell you who you are
I just want to be myself”
2010 come back, all is forgiven…
Flags – Coldplay – B-
Afterglow – Ed Sheeran – C+
Christmas Tree Farm – Recorded Live at the 2019 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball – Taylor Swift – C