Does Coldplay’s New Catching Fire Single “Atlas” Sound Like Their Old Stuff?

Coldplay is back! They may have hinted last year that they were taking a three year break, but the band just released a lyric video for their brand new single from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The track is called “Atlas,” and to be totally honest, it sounds less like more recent Coldplay tracks and more like a throwback to their sound on A Rush of Blood To The Head.

“Atlas” is set to be the first single from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The song features a moody, haunting melody that builds to a bolder chorus and is reminiscent of older Coldplay tracks like “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face,” “Amsterdam” and “A Rush Of Blood To The Head,” which were all tracks on their 2002 critical and commercial hit LP, A Rush Of Blood To The Head. Those were also tracks that we loved.

The big difference between those tracks and this one? This one was written in 2013 and marks the first time Coldplay wrote and recorded an original song for a film soundtrack.

Coldplay isn’t the only band recreating older sounds in new songs. Paul McCartney’s new track, “New,”  sounds a lot like a Beatles track and not many people seem to mind.

What do you think? Is it good to hear an old school Coldplay song out of Coldplay? Or did you expect something more experimental? Or do you think we’re the ones suffering from a rush of blood to the head and that the song sounds nothing like their old stuff? Or are you just excited to see Finnick on the big screen?


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