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Coldplay Vs Indie Band


06/27/05
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(Transdreamer Records) In an astonishing editorial piece on NPR, the nation's most prestigious public radio broadcast, rock band Coldplay were pitted up against Dressy Bessy on its June 22 broadcast. NPR's critic Ken Tucker compares and contrasts the two artists in what became a duel of indie rock vs. commercial rock giant. It was a "David and Goliath" story that left Coldplay bruised and battered.

After his ambivalent comments on Coldplay, respected journalist and critic Ken Tucker went on to praise and recommend Dressy Bessy: "What person with a healthy heartbeat wouldn't rather listen to Dressy Bessy. The band's new album Electrified is electrifying!" says Tucker. "I listen to a band like Dressy Bessy after listening to Coldplay and I think that I must be living in an alternate universe; where the spunkiest, most life-affirming music is pushed to the margins to make room for the coldly played stuff (now referring to Coldplay) that announces its intentions to be life-affirming, and then can't quite heave its huge ambitions into the postition of making good on that promise."

NPR's Ken Tucker continued his critique of Coldplay and Dressy Bessy with unbridled enthusiasm:

"In other words, I think that Dressy Bessy is a far more efficient pleasure-machine than Coldplay. If Chris Martin's voice is earnest and thoughtful, Tammy Ealom's tone is every bit as knowledgeable about the vagaries of love and lost and so much more varied and witty in its expression." Tucker continues, "In the pop competition to dramatize the joys and dangers of life, Coldplay makes all the right moves, but Dressy Bessy really comes through with the right stuff." says NPR's Tucker.

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