The song is the most anticipated off the album by fans and Chris Martin alike. It's the risk of taking atmospheric Coldplay sound consciousness and mixing it with punchy hipster Rihanna seductive. No matter the metaphors - the song is a Jay Z match made in heaven.
The song has the Coldplay characteristic stadium sound that features synth rising pitches moving to tribal bass beats as Chris pipes in Whoaaaohh , whoaaohh. Rihanna starts the second verse "Once upon a time we were burning bright / all we ever seem to do is fight - on and ooon, on and ooon." Then the two overlay melodic vocals with both Rihanna and Chris hitting upper singing ranges. It has a strange and eerie sound that couples Coldplay's "out there" sound.
Rihanna settles into her poppy mid-range mainstreet vocals that ooze silk while the tribal drums march on. What's really beautiful is how Chris moves his vocals into his upper and lower ranges singing two stages of melodies with Rihanna. The effect is best described as a haunting beauty.
"I could've been a princess, you'd be a king / Could have had a castle and wore a ring / But no / You let me go"
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When Chris was asked a month ago about the upcoming album he maintained that the collaboration with Rihanna was the best part.
"Well, her bit on our record is my favorite bit ... when the song came out, it sort of asked for her to be on it,
"Because from where we're sitting, it seems like you can try and sound any way you like nowadays. You don't have to be in a rock box or a hip-hop box or a pop box, and I think it's fun when you embrace that idea."
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