The acoustic clips are a fun distraction from our normal business of home or auto insurance related content. I truly look forward to researching the next clip and the song facts. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I’ve enjoyed putting them together.
This month’s clip is “The Scientist” from the British alternative rock bank Coldplay. It’s off their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002). The song is a written as a collaboration of all band members who participated on the album.
The original studio version of this song is a piano ballad, but the version in our clip is an acoustic guitar version.
That’s why we shared it. 🙂
The song was initially released in the UK where it reach number 10 on the UK Charts, however, as the third single released off of the album in the US it only reached number 18 on Billboard and Modern Rock Tracks.
Critics have been mostly positive toward the song, lending it praise for the piano ballad and the use of falsetto. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone, in his review of the album, wrote: “The fantastic piano ballad ‘The Scientist’ … [has] a cataclysmic falsetto finale that could raise every hair on the back of your neck. Nick Southall of Stylus magazine wrote: “The piano that chimes through ‘The Scientist’ is captured perfectly, the warm depression of each individual key caught rather than a shrill ringing as is so often the case.”
While the song wasn’t a number one single either in Europe or the United States, it is a fan favorite and is permanent fixture in the band’s live sets since its release in 2002.
The lyrics to the song seem to tell a story of a man in love and having to apologize. When ask about the song, Chris Martin said it’s “… just about girls. It’s weird that whatever else is on your mind, whether it’s the downfall of global economics or terrible environmental troubles, the thing that always gets you most is when you fancy someone.”
About the Clip
It is not clear to me where the clip was shot, maybe in a small radio station. The clip is provided via Youtube and user Steve0724. I discovered the clip one evening when I was looking for a new song to learn to play. I stumbled upon this version and it has quickly become a favorite of mine and a song I frequently play acoustically for my own personal entertainment.
I have created this fun diversion from our typical California auto insurance related topics as a fun way to share something that I truly enjoy. Music!
As guitar player and hopelessly bad singer, I love to watch the best perform acoustically, it truly brings out the original spirit of the song.
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