Coldplay : The Scientist


As the highlight ofColdplay

’s glorious coming-of-age set at Glastonbury, ‘The Scientist’ is a song inexorably linked with the endless night sky and the secret hopes and regrets of a hundred thousand strangers ((I)Nice one – Mills & Boon Ed(I)).

It’s a simple reverie for recently shattered love, with Chris Martin pulling off that almost impossible trick of striking a universal chord with two lines in a chorus, in this case “[I]Nobody said it was easy/no one ever said it would be so hard[/I]”. You do expect the guitar part from ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ to strike up and for Noel to crash in with the big singalong, but that’s a mark of how far Coldplay

have come. Superb.

Ian Watson