Bedell Powers Seawolves Past AIC

Stony Brook football snapped their two game losing streak and recorded their first win of the 2014 football season, with a 20-3 win over American International College on Saturday evening at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

The AIC Yellow Jackets looked better on offense early. AIC quarterback Shawn Brathwaite lead his team down the field starting on his own 42-yard line, which included a 19-yard run that put his team in scoring position on Stony Brook’s 12-yard line. The Seawolves defense, led by senior captain Christian Ricard, fought back with three tackles for loss on three straight possessions setting up a 40-yard field goal attempt for AIC’s Jared Hulsey, which he missed wide right.

Stony Brook Junior quarterback, Conor Bednarski couldn’t find any kind of rhythm passing the ball throughout the game. Bednarski ended the game 1-8 passing for 11-yards and was sacked twice. With the pass game struggling the Seawolves looked to their run game to ignite their offense, and Stacey Bedell answered the call.

On Stony Brook’s first play of the third drive in the second quarter, the sophomore running back, Bedell, broke away for a 72-yard touchdown run to put the Seawolves on the board first.

“Most of our plays they were shooting the people in the inside gaps so the outside was wide open most of the runs, bounced out, receiver made a good block inbound and just got off the blocker and scored a touchdown,” said Bedell.

Then on Stony Brook’s next offensive possession Bedell capped off the drive, led by the Seawolves run game, with a 2-yard touchdown run to give his team a 14-0 lead going into halftime.

The Yellow Jackets caught a break in the second half when Stony Brook received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, costing the team 15 yards. Head coach Chuck Priore turned a 4th down and 18 inside AIC’s 20 yard line turned into a first down. The Yellow Jackets would drive the ball down to Stony Brook’s 6-yard line and kicker Jared Husley drilled in the 23-yard field goal to put his team on the board. “It’s certainly not the officials fault, he made his decision, live with the decision, whether I think it was the right or wrong decision doesn’t matter,” said Coach Priore. “It’s no different from a holding pen[alty] or an interception, it falls on my shoulders, I own the three points right now.”

Late in the third quarter Coach Priore took Bedell out the game and senior running back James Kenner saw his first real action this season. Kenner, who led the Seawolves in rushing last season with 829 yards, finished off the drive he ignited with a 30 yard run by powering in a 3-yard touchdown run. After Stony Brook kicker, Przemyslaw Popek, missed the PAT, the Seawolves took a 20-3 lead and would hold on to record their first win of the season.

“Excited about being in the win column I thought we were prepared to play but they came in well coached, they played hard,” said Coach Priore.

American International College, which is a Division II football team, was a bigger problem for the Seawolves than many expected. Half of that was due to the physical play of the Yellow Jackets, “They were a playoff team last year…tough kids, they played the game hard…it was a more physical game than UConn if you want to believe that or not.”

The other half was Stony Brook’s struggling pass offense. Neither Bednarski nor senior quarterback John Kinder looked ready to lead the team as the starting QB. However, Stony Brook has never been a pass oriented team. They depend greatly on their rush attack, which was successful Saturday night led by Stacey Bedell, who finished the game with 130 rushing yards and two touchdowns. All four Seawolves running backs combined for 303 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Next up for the Seawolves is North Dakota next Saturday at 7 p.m.

2014 FIFA World Cup Preview: The World’s Watching

For one month every fourth year, millions of people from every corner of the globe watch as 32 countries each send 23 athletes to play for their nation’s pride and to accomplish one goal: win the FIFA World Cup.

According to ESPN, during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa there was an average official rating of 188.4 million per match and almost 1 billion people watched the World Cup final. As a result of its popularity and world-class level of play, the World Cup stands as soccer’s… scratch that, football’s grand stage.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio, Brazil is set to be one for the ages. Will the current World Cup and European champions, Spain, continue their world dominance? Will either of the two best players in the world, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, lead their countries to World Cup glory and solidify their place as the world’s best player? Will Neymar and Brazil live up to the pressure of winning the World Cup on their home soil? Will the U.S make it out of the Group of Death?

I’ll answer these questions and break down each group of this summer’s World Cup.

Group A
Brazil is the clear favorite to win this group, and having a home field advantage throughout the tournament, they are favored to win it all. The Brazilians are dangerous on both the attacking and defensive thirds; they have a solid backline with center backs David Luiz and captain Thiago Silva. They’re also able to create goals and chances with the pace and creativity of Oscar in midfield, the finishing power of Hulk on the frontline, along with the always-mesmerizing playing of Neymar. Neymar didn’t always live up to expectations playing for his Club team Barcelona, but he always comes up big for Brazil, recently leading them to the 2013 Confederations Cup crown.
Cameroon, Croatia and Mexico finish up Group A. I’m giving midfielder Luca Modric and Croatia a slight advantage over Mexico to lock up the number two spot in the group and make it to the knock out stages. The loss of Luis Montes after the midfielder broke his leg playing in a friendly for Mexico against Ecuador, will greatly hurt them in midfield, which will be exploited by Croatia and Brazil.

Group B
In this group it’s a two-team race between reigning champs Spain and the Orange of Netherlands. The Spanish join Brazil as one of the favorites to win the tournament and are the expected winner of Group B. For the past 3 major tournaments, 2008 Euros, 2010 World Cup, and 2012 Euros, Spain has remained unbeaten as the rest of the world just watched, still unable to solve Spain’s Da Vinci Code. Spain’s success doesn’t lie with one of its many star players, it’s a collective effort on their beautiful one touch style of play.
In contrast, the Netherlands success lies behind its star players, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie. Robben’s left foot is one of the most lethal weapons in world football and although it’s predictable what he’s going to do with the ball, very few can stop him. The Orange will also look to van Persie, their all time leading scorer with 41 goals, to continue doing what he’s done many times for his clubs and the national team: score.

Group C
This is the most unpredictable group of the tournament. Honestly, anything can happen. Colombia was the favorite to win this group going into the tournament, but after their star striker and best player, Radamel Falcao, was ruled out of the World Cup due to an ankle injury, the direction of the group was shaken up a bit.
Behind the leadership of veterans Didier Drogba upfront and midfielder Yaya Toure, Ivory Coast is poised to win the group despite a poor showing during World Cup Qualifiers. I do expect Colombia to come in second in the group, however, I wouldn’t count out Greece or Japan to shake things up again.

Group D
Although Uruguay is a worthy opponent, Italy should be in control of this group. Andrea Pirlo leads the Italians in midfield and although he is a seasoned player at age 35, he makes something magical happen every time the ball is at his feet. The Italian squad also features Mario Balotelli, and although his antics always attract the spotlight, his game does as well, and he should be one of the most entertaining players to watch in Rio.
Uruguay is led by its three-headed monster: forwards Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlan, and Luis Suarez. Suarez is bouncing back from a surgery to repair his meniscus in his left knee and Uruguay’s journey through the World Cup depends on his health. Yet they should easily beat out England and Costa Rica for the number two spot in the group.

Group E
Despite the firestorm that came with leaving Samir Nasri off the 23 man squad and losing Ribbery to injury, France has enough firepower to make it out as Group E winners. The French are led into Rio by their young stars Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba, who are both two of the brightest talents in their respective positions.
Switzerland is one the most underrated teams in the competition and although they lack the firepower of France, they play disciplined and organized football, which is enough to put them through the knockout stages in this group.

Group F
Led by one of the best players in the world, Lionel Messi, Argentina is the best team in this group and should have no problem winning. However, the Argentines will go as far as Messi will take them, but the mesmerizing and dominant play we see from Messi when he plays for Barcelona does not always translate to the international game. If Messi plays at the level he does for Barcelona this summer for Argentina, the Argentines can make it all the way to the World Cup final, although I still don’t expect them to win it all.
I’m picking Bosnia and Herzegovina to wrap up the second spot in the group. Although their team isn’t packed up with multiple household names, they scored 30 goals in 10 games during World Cup Qualifiers. As a result I think they have enough weapons on the attacking third to push them over Nigeria and Iran for the points they need to advance.

Group G
Germany, Portugal, Ghana and the United States make up “The Group of Death.” The Germans are the most talented in this group on each side of the ball and they have all the pieces to make a realistic run at winning the entire competition.
Depending on the health of Christiano Ronaldo, Portugal can make a deep run into the tournament. With Nani and a healthy Cristiano Ronaldo running the wings for the Portuguese, they are going to be a headache for opposing defenses. 2014 has been Ronaldo’s year thus far, the reigning FIFA Player of the Year has the creativity and goal scoring ability to take his team over the hump and win the tournament. It all depends on him.
This group is too good for the U.S to get out of it into the knockout stages. The United States are going into the tournament with a shaky back line and forward Jozy Altidore is not a consistent goal scorer for the national team, despite scoring twice in a friendly against Nigeria on Saturday. The U.S. will be lucky to come in third as Ghana’s good enough offensively to take advantage of their defense.

Group H
Belgium is flying under the radar but they have the star power to make some serious noise this summer with Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, and Kevin de Bruyne, just to name a few. I expect Belgium to not just win, but dominate this group and shock the world as they make a deep run in the knockout stages.
Russia will be the final team making it into the knockout stages by beating out South Korea and Algeria for the second spot in the group. The Russians have adopted a new defensive philosophy, allowing only five goals in qualifying, and that will be enough to see them through.

The Ferry that Crashed in to the Deep Wound of Korean Society

It seems that it was not just the ferry that sank into to the waters with hundreds of passengers on board. The entire country lost its motivation. South Korea is now completely stopped.
Turning out to be the worst non-natural disaster in Korean history, only 174 passengers were rescued out of 475 passengers on board on the Ferry ‘Sewol’. Three weeks have passed since the accident happened on Wednesday, April 16, and too few survivors have been found on the submerged ship, which made the families of the lost ones, mostly high school students, more devastated than ever. 275 bodies were recovered and 29 bodies are still missing somewhere in the overturned ship.
Fury and outrage swept the entire country as the survivors and the media told that the captain of the ferry and his crew members were the first ones to escape when the Coast Guard had arrived at the sinking ship. It is known that crew members told the passengers on board to stay inside the cabinet with their life jackets on until the rescue team arrived. However, the captain fled and hundreds were killed. It is common sense and morally acceptable that the captain and his crew members’ top priority is the safety of the ship’s passengers. The captain, Lee Jun-Suk and his crew members were arrested for further investigation.
The action of the captain created a whirlpool of chaos. The whole country, unable to stand the innocent death of hundreds of high school students who were on a school trip to Jeju Island among others, were filled with disappointment and sorrow. As the investigations continue, more and more human errors have been found; the ferry was overloaded with containers and illegally renovated. However, the people including the families waiting for their loved ones in the gym at Jindo, where the accident happened, were more outraged at the government’s reaction. Now, here’s what American newspapers didn’t cover. There is more to it than reporting about how many bodies have been discovered.
President Park Geun-Hye promised to provide “all available resources” and that “a thorough investigation and stern punishment for those responsible” will be coming. However, people are blaming government for dealing with the situation so late. Government agencies, like the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, the Coast Guard, and the Navy gave their very best effort to bring back at least one survivor in spite of fast currents. The Prime Minister, Chung Hong-Won made a statement about taking all the responsibility and he will resign, but the president said managing and solving the situation was the first priority. To the sensitive, exhausted, and outraged people’s eyes, there was only the mistakes the government was making and an unsolvable mistrust prevailed. That’s how it is. The sorrow and sadness had been replaced by mistrust of the government.
What’s even sadder is there was nothing citizens could do except pray. Many citizens volunteered to help the families and civilian divers gathered to help the Coast Guard and the Navy for fast and efficient work.
Waiting and waiting, the nightmare seems to have no end. TV stations cancelled all the entertainment shows and soap operas scheduled, universities cancelled their annual festivals, and families cancelled their family trips. Due to the the anger and mistrust toward government, depression spread throughout the entire country making people unable to concentrate on their works and studies.
“Every day, sad music is coming out of radio. There’s nothing I can do and I can’t stand it anymore,” one citizen living in Seoul, Korea said.
T.S. Elliot once said, “April is the cruelest month,” but as searching for the bodies continues into May, known as Month of Families in Korea, turned out to be crueler than April.
What’s exacerbating the whirlpool full of conflicts and problems is that the press and social media are beyond its ethical limits. The reporters seem to have forgotten the media ethics and social media is full of unidentified rumors and conspiracies. The newspapers and TV broadcasts are merely telling people about how many people have been found dead and the official reports from the government. Even worse, the reporters appeared out of nowhere and asked the survivors, who were shivering from the cold and utter fear, how they were feeling after their friends died. More unethical and painful coverage afterwards made Koreans outraged once more. The media had totally forgotten its role in the society. It was busy telling us what happened in Jindo, not all of it was facts. One interviewee was arrested for saying wrong things about the rescue process in the interview. Constantly saying “I don’t know what to believe,” with despair, Koreans were more confused than ever before, sadly admitting there was no one to trust.
Along with the press, Facebook and Twitter, was the root of confusion. Messages from the students inside the overturned ferry turned out to be fake, causing immense disorder. Those responsible were arrested. Facebook pages uploaded huge amounts of unverified facts, rumors and conspiracy theories. That’s why Koreans were more exhausted and depressed when they saw the news coverage and heartbreaking post that certainly made families of the lost ones more shattered.
The families in Jindo requested the press stop the overheated coverage competition and the rest of the Koreans to stop fighting on the Internet. People now calmed themselves and started to mourn quietly and attend the memorial services. The yellow ribbon, symbolizing the return of the missing ones, are now everywhere in Korea, even in the profile pictures of messenger, Facebook, and Twitter. The yellow wave spread throughout the country.
Holding yellow ribbons and candles, Koreans discovered the deep wound in Korean Society, which was small at first but is now deep and large and unable to regenerate. There were huge man-made disasters before, like the collapse of a department store and a bridge, a catastrophe at a subway station and so on, but government and citizens alike, neglected the first priority, safety, and forgot about the tragedy.
People who are responsible for the accident, such as crew members, the employees at the company that made and renovated the ship, and businessmen in the marine industry have been arrested so far and prosecutors are still investigating. Bereaved families who were finished with the memorial service went back to Jindo to help other families who were waiting for their beloved sons and daughters to come out of cold water. As time passes, the families go beyond sorrow and outrage, and now just want the government to listen to what they are saying.
This is the message from students of the submerged ship spreading out to the entire country. What if they were alive, if somebody just told them to jump out into the water. What if the society was healthy enough to trust its government? It’s just assumptions that will never happen. Remember “Sewol.” Koreans need to remember this catastrophic disaster in order to prevent it from happening again. It’s our job to do and it’s our future.
It may be hard to admit it, Korean society is just like the ferry “Sewol.” It crashed. Just like the ferry, Korea lost its motivation.

Stadiums of Shit Series Finale

Like a stomach problem brewing inside of you, “Stadiums of Shit” hasn’t come to fruition in quite some time but the dream was always there. However, I, your humble creator of this hit series, have decided that I would review one last bathroom before I disappear from Stony Brook, much like expensive food into a toilet.
Let me just clarify that I am graduating and not dying. As I’ve always wanted an on-the-road edition of “Stadiums of Shit,” I have decided to review a gas station’s bathroom.
I walked up to the bathroom door, which was of course locked and then had to walk inside. The man in line in front of me was like a caricature of a person as he was the only person I’ve ever seen ever buy “Horny Goat Weed” and also felt no shame in purchasing it in front of people. Whereas eyes are considered the window to one’s soul, the cashier’s dazed and soulless expression told me he had seen far worse horrors than a man trying to reproduce like his goat-esque ancestors.
Finally it was my turn to speak with the man who quite literally had nothing left to lose in his life save for his own life, and I asked for the key to the bathroom. I was met with a strange juxtaposition as he handed me a key attached to a comically sized orange key-chain in the shape of a larger key, but his face was still drained.
As I walked outside toward the bathroom, I wondered what horrors that man must have experienced at the gas station. The bathroom was actually refreshingly clean. It was a pleasant surprise until I immediately noticed there was only the empty brown roll of the toilet paper roll and my task required me to sit down. I stayed standing there for a moment, calculating in my head the time it would take to drive back home and the likelihood that I could make it there and also have my own bathroom be unoccupied. The odds were against me in all scenarios.
I sat down on the cold porcelain and shuddered, imagining all of these cartoon bandit germs jumping onto me. When my business call with the toilet had concluded, I sat for a moment, wondering what I should do. And like Obi-Wan spoke to Luke through the Force in his X-Wing to give him advice, I pictured the ghost of Stadiums Writer Past, Andy Polhamus. He said nothing but waved his hands in the direction of the brown toilet paper roll. I knew what must be done.
After I concluded with Andy’s task, I thoroughly washed my hands as one does and then paused as I reached for the door knob. Did I want to ruin my perfectly clean hands by touching this door knob? I once again imagined those cartoon bandit germs just waiting for my hands to touch it. I kicked the door handle down, immediately realized I haven’t stretched my legs in years and pushed open the door to the sweet smell of gasoline.
I returned the key to the man, wishing I could keep the plastic key-chain, and returned home.
I’d just like to thank you all for reading Stadiums of Shit over the past two years or however long its been and I’d especially like to thank Andy Polhamus, Tom Johnson, Bushra Mollick, Siobhan Cassidy and Jessica Adamowicz for having the humor to write along side me.

Nostalgia Goggles

So, Press readers: You probably know Nostalgia Goggles as a column about something catchy and cool, like some old Zelda game everyone’s played a million times back in the day. We at The Press are losing two people that are pretty catchy and cool to us—our executive and managing editors, Jodie and Nick. (No, they didn’t die. They’re graduating.) You’ve known them as the people who, week after week, bring you a classy and super offensive issue of the Stony Brook Press. Now that they’ve passed the torch to their successors, we’re feeling a little nostalgic ourselves and wanted to do something special, so here it goes.
If you’ve ever been in the vicinity of, well, the Stony Brook campus, you’ve probably heard Nick Batson’s laugh. Seriously, it’s booming. Here in the Press office it probably means someone suggested a new “Stadiums of Shit” that’s particularly shitty, or “DRUGZZZ” managed to piss off another USG member. It happens often, but we’re missing it already. I’ve personally known Jodie since day one of our freshman year. She’s been our fearless leader for a while now; the mama bear to our band of misfits. She was (tried to be) the voice of reason when our ideas got a little too freaky and kept order when we got a little too loud. I’m going to miss her flip flops the most. We’ll miss the crap out of our editorz babiezzzz, and know that I’ve loved every second of being top four with the both of them. Also, I’m sobbing uncontrollably right now, sorry bye.

British in America

As this semester and academic year is coming to an end, it means my year abroad away from London is too. Now would be an appropriate time to look back on what American college life has taught me, as well as mentioning random useful information about British stuff. Since the Harry Potter saga’s over, aside from Misfits and The Inbetweeners there aren’t many other recent programs doing the educating shown over here on the media front. To start things off, you may not know that some letters of the alphabet are said differently over there, but they are. The h in ‘haitch’ isn’t silent, for example, and our ‘z’ is pronounced ‘zed’ (this wasn’t the most fun difference to have in my statistics class). We do weird things like spell colour with ‘u’ and use ‘s’ instead of ‘z’s in words like ‘stabilise’. Also, pickle is called ‘gherkin’, eggplant is known as an ‘aubergine’ and we call fries ‘chips’ and potato chips ‘crisps’. That may be a lot to take in for now, so we can move on.
This may be an insult to some’s intelligence, but it was news for others that the United Kingdom is comprised of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Also, we do love the royal family and have tea parties down the street when it’s a golden jubilee and stuff, but there are many people who are, in fact, indifferent about them, so we can’t actually share exclusive conversations being had in the palace. Something else worth mentioning is that American pop culture is highly prominent in our media, as well as everywhere else. It seems the world knows much more about America than America knows about the world. On a lighter note, we are seven seasons deep in our own equally trashy version of Jersey Shore based in Newcastle, North East England called Geordie Shore.
The school systems are very different, but that’s an entirely different article. I have to note though, the opportunity to be a UTA and having them as a resource is something everyone should have. It’s also great seeing how much of the student body gets involved with clubs and organisations on campus. Nowhere else has Greek Life! I’m told there are sorority and fraternity chapters brought over to other countries, but it is a very unique thing and can be difficult thing to try to explain to those who are clueless. College life is definitely not what you see in Blue Mountain State but it is what you make it, and I hope you’re making it a happy experience.
Brace yourselves for a whole bunch of generalisations now, ‘Murricans. You guys do patriotism well. You guys also do narcissism well and yes, there is a way to be pleasantly narcissistic. Some call it charm and get away with it. You don’t do public transport well. It’s virtually non-existent on Long Island. I’m just grateful I was here for the 7Bus. You guys do caring about the British accent particularly well. I’m sure my accent has gotten me a lot of my friends here and I’m sure the other Brits here would agree, as would the Australians about their own.
One FAQ is “does the way you sound aid in your mate seeking behaviour” aka “am I talking my way into getting booty?” There’s a simple answer here… yes. Even when you’re not interested, people just dig the accent. Another FAQ that usually follows the latter is “would people like your American accent if you came over to London?” Yes, they would. There would also be those that are nonchalant about it as well as those who hate Americans, but mostly yes. I’ve often been asked if I like America, which is a hard question to answer for multiple reasons, starting with how flipping huge this young country is. My take is that you don’t quite realise how big it is until you get here, and then you realllllly find out when travelling. I haven’t quite gotten round to seeing the whole thing, but from what I have seen I definitely have a list of places to see and things to do that I’ve added to my bucket list.
This oddly wasn’t my attitude when I first got here. I didn’t have the ‘American dream,’ I actually just thought it’d be pretty cool to study abroad for a year. And don’t get me wrong; London is still my favourite city, but there is a lot of magic here. Especially in New York City. From the people to the sounds to the lights to finding out the steps in Times Square do actually close if you’re there late/early enough. Then there’s the pizza and the halal chicken and rice— ugh. It’s a place of business and dreams. Even all of the guests that I’ve had have left inspired. What started off informative now feels more like a feel-good article about where you call home. It was all your doing after all. Good shit, guys.

LEMUR4LOVE

At the most recent Science on Tap, host Steven Reiner brought in lemur expert Patricia Wright. We found this a curious coincidence considering the recent surfacing of photographs of President Stanley with Wright’s lemur.
We met with Science on Tap’s production assistant’s third cousin once removed who was nowhere near the lemur events taking place to talk about the lemur.
Although not much was revealed to us during this interview, the most basic journalistic deduction presented the revelations for us.
When the distant relative of the production assistant was asked if he knew how long the Lemur and President Stanley were seeing each other, she said “I don’t know who President Stanley is. Why are you talking to me? Go away.”
This indeed confirms the rumors that President Stanley and the Lemur are in some sort of secret, gossip-worthy relationship.
So let’s gossip about dis shit.
Stony Brook University mascot Wolfie has been noted to appear a little saltier than usual. Though his face is a still mascot-head without animation, students note something about his presence which shouts jealousy. We can confirm by this that Wolfie is clearly betrothed to the Lemur and is likely plotting some sort of irrational prank against President Stanley. We think it’s going to be fish in hubcaps.
This jealousy begins to build a somewhat incestuous love triangle, for Wolfie’s obvious lust for the lemur has sparked an emotional response from USG queer mascot Slothie. No response from Slothie has been indicated as of yet but we are also certain that Slothie’s creator, Mario Ferone, has involved himself in this political scandal, for that is his nature.
No response from Mario Ferone has been cited, but keep an eye out for some passive aggressive poopspiration tweets!

Hot for Hit Clips

From records, to cassettes, compact disks, boom boxes, portable CD players, iPods, iTouches, iPhones, and now Bluetooth, there were always HitClips. The most inefficient and pathetic way to listen to music, but the hottest gadget for nineties kids. Who remembers car rides to their grandparent’s house on holidays with their newest fake CD HitClip? Now you too could listen to your favorite thirty seconds of a song on repeat for an hour and a half! Whether it was “Bye, Bye, Bye” by N’Sync, or “Hit Me Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears, I’m sure you could drive your sanity away by the end of the car ride. They first were distributed as McDonald’s toys to promote Timberlake and Spears, and earned Tiger Electronics an astounding $80 million dollars. Other popular HitClips artists included Smashmouth, Clay Aiken, Sugar Ray and, of course, Aaron Carter. After all, who doesn’t want candy? Like every technology, HitClips bit the dust and gave way to new and improved music devices, but we still shouldn’t forget how our young selves cultivated our current love of music.

Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars”

Coldplay is one of the few bands that continue to put out records that change the sound of their band, but fans continue enjoy. Despite the haters, Coldplay keeps topping the charts. Their last album, Mylo Xyloto, the band’s fifth studio album, introduced a more electric sound to their familiar alternative rock and current acoustic sound. Mylo Xyloto was created as a concept album, intended to be interpreted more like a rock opera rather than a regular studio album. Their newest single, “A Sky Full of Stars,” from their upcoming album Ghost Stories, sustains the electronic, layered sound. The song opens with a bold melody that echoes throughout the song. Coldplay lyrics paired with Chris Martin’s dreamy vocals are sure to melt any girl (or boy’s) heart. “’Cause you’re a sky full of stars, I want to die in your arms; ‘cause you get lighter the more it gets dark. I’m gonna give you my heart.” This particular love song sounds a bit extraterrestrial, but certainly brings the listener back down to earth with its powerful and poignant lyrics. Their newest album Ghost Stories, will be released next week. Other singles including ‘Magic,’ and ‘Midnight’ have also been released on iTunes.

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