Spencer just reviewed a new Disco-esque single from Coldplay, “Adventure of a Lifetime,” which a reader calls “a bit bland”:
It’s Stargate radio fodder. “Sky Full Of Stars” is also fine as a pop song but it doesn’t really have any lyrics to speak of. I prefer the stuff like “Amsterdam,” [embedded above] “O,” “High Speed,” “Spies,” “Warning Sign” … the more haunting ones mostly.
Another reader takes a step back:
It must be frustrating to be a successful musician/band. Your fan base pretty much only wants certain types of songs, despite one’s creativity in other styles.
Another agrees: “Yeah, I feel as though most pop artists are caught between a rock and a hard place: change your style too much and people don’t like it, but don’t change it enough and you’ll be dismissed as a one-trick pony.” One more reader:
This is one reason why it’s somewhat preferable for a musician to work as part of a group. That group can then be associated with a particular musical style by fans, but if the individual artist wants to explore another style, s/he needs only to start or join another group.