As JT pointed out yesterday, Coldplay has a knack for picking a theme for each of their albums and sticking with that theme. That’s why I really love the video for Violet Hill. Chris Martin has said that he was influenced by Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables while writing this album and it’s obvious. I love the gritty look and feel of the video and the dirt all over their uniforms, the military-style drums and Chris Martin’s fascination with a magnifying glass and a hammer.
But probably the best part about this video is that it has the feel of a home movie, especially during the bridge when they’re sitting around the piano and just having a laugh. It looks like they’re four boys who found these really awesome costumes and props and played dress up for an afternoon and just happened to get it on tape.
What’s not to like about that?