Up In Flames was described on the band’s site as “immense” and “hypnotic in its simplicity, but devastatingly, achingly gorgeous.”
There has been only one other song that has hit me in its immense simplicity, and that was Fix You on Coldplay’s X&Y album. It was Fix You‘s bareness that was addictive and memorizing, and though I loved Coldplay Viva la Vida album, I personally felt that the album was missing something, missing something like Up in Flames. The one song that could have made the cut was Lovers in Japan (acoustic version), but that was an hidden track. All and all, Up in Flames has hit me, the same way that Fix You hit me when I was 15 years old, in love, crazy, and full of self doubt. I may be 23, but I’m still in love (luckily with the same man), still a little crazy, and still full of self doubt. But hey, it’s a growing process, and I like to think that I’m a little more restrained than before.
More than that, I like how I can trace my memories with these two songs, almost as if I’m grabbing them with my hands. Fix You was my song when I was a child, when I was someone who needed lights to guide me home. Up in Flames is my song now. It is poignant, it is memorizing, and it is still, still like an undisturbed ocean.
Sincerely, what’s so beautiful about Up in Flames is its stylistic bareness. It strips away everything else and allows these brief words to carry the weight and gravity of that quiet moment when you realize: this, this thing that we have going on right here, it’s over. It’s over. And it’s not a melodramatic it’s over. It acts more like a simple moment of realization, an uncovering of something you have run away from for a long, long time. It’s a moment of awareness, a moment of restraint. Up in Flames conveys these sentiments of unraveling so well. And, weirdly enough, I can say Up in Flames is my song now because it portrays an experience only those who have lost something can understand. It’s beautiful, it’s really beautiful.
Coldplay, thank you for never disappointing me. I love your new Mylo Xyloto album. You’ve been the one of bands that grew and matured alongside me, and I love how each of your albums exemplify your progressive and new sound. And yet, the sound is always you, always Coldplay, and even though each album is eclectic and different, that’s why I love you Coldplay. That’s why it’s beautiful.
But, I will say this: I’m a little sad Don Quixote didn’t make the cut. That’s a fucking good song.