Everyone has that one friend who can’t help but play Coldplay’s “Clocks” every time they walk in to a house that has a piano, its simplistic & repetitive melody so pleasing to the hear while simultaneously appearing much more difficult to play than it really is, the perfect song to play when you want to show off your “skills” at the party – Now they just have to sing it too, a task which is much more daunting given the relative brilliance of vocalist Chris Martin’s voice. With his signature tenor timbre, he’s able to deliver both warm-toned lows & soaring highs with crisp vocal clarity all throughout, each beautiful melody more soothing than the last. The lyrics delve in to a series of poetic mumblings that seem to contradict one another, drawing attention to the ever-encroaching march of time & how humanity’s quest for progression often puts them in losing situations, like trying to tame an untamable tiger or swimming against a strong current; In the subtlest of ways, he shines a light on the contradictory nature of life itself, a clock which persistently ticks & moves forward whether you’re ready for it or not, the chorus & bridge lines “you...are… […] and nothing else compares” his way of saying people should be more careful with their time & try to make the most of the moment rather than getting caught up in the chaos of progression.
Being the masters of Pop Rock that they are, the instrumentation for “Clocks” hits you with an immense progressive energy which matches the thematic substance of its lyrics, ever-intensifying while simultaneously remaining consistent in rhythm, melody & structure; It’s an incredibly simple song, leaving room for Martin to provide flowery vocalizations that bloom with emotion alongside the atmospheric symphonic elements of the track – Though “Yellow” is likely the most famous Coldplay song, “Clocks” is perhaps the most Coldplay of Coldplay songs, focused so intently on a single idea that every member does their part to fill out the margins & support it, creating a beautifully expressive soundscape that speaks volumes emotionally, even across language barriers & international waters; Pop it on the next time you’re feeling blue & see if it can’t bring you out of the dumps & lift those spirits.
Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
"Clocks" is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It was written and composed, as a collaboration between all the members of the band, for their second album A Rush of Blood to the Head. Built around a piano riff, the song features cryptic lyrics concerning themes of contrast and urgency. Several remixes of the track exist and its riff has been widely sampled.