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Parents need to know that Coldplay's new single "Magic" is another harmless and simple song about the endurance of special bonds between two people, presumably lovers. The sentiment is sweet and the track is calm, so fans of the band will probably enjoy this low-key pop cut.
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Fans of the band know exactly what to expect from Coldplay, and that's becoming their biggest problem as artists. The lyrics of "Magic" are vague enough to be universal but too pedestrian to be profound. Musically, the song is pleasant and catchy, if a bit too familiar. When the bridge kicks in with spiraling pianos and Chris Martin's falsetto, it's almost comical how predictable the band has become. "Magic" isn't a bad song, and it's romantic enough, but it's nothing we haven't heard before.
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