Classic Rock Junkie wrote:
I honestly think Tool, Dream Theater, and Coldplay are the best artists still making albums in the 00's. I think Tool's creativity, skill, and lyrical genius outwits nearly every other band around now, but they aren't that popular and it's not everyone's cup of tea, but hey, IMO, they are genius :)
Eww. I do like Tool every now and then (although I prefer their '90s stuff). Dream Theater are talented, but I don't find them enjoyable. And Coldplay are really nothing special. I prefer them over Spears, but that doesn't say much. Good thing this list isn't based on my preference.
I like Coldplay because they mesh good lyrics, a great/likeable sound (albeit not totally original), ambiance, and emotion in their music, it makes for a great band of likes we don't see anymore.
I'm a prog guy, I've heard every Yes and King Crimson song ever, and after listening to Images and Words again, you can feel Yes'/Crimsons' legacy within the band, they have great music theory/composition combined with technical prowess to make good sounding music, which is extremely rare, and IMO, the last remaining 'true' prog band (I never considered Rush 'true' prog, they were too mainstream, like Floyd, when I say 'true' prog I mean Crimson/Yes/ELP/early Genesis/Traffic/etc.). Tool takes the uniqueness and creativity criteria of the era, they mesh AMAZING, in your face, honest lyrics with technical prowess, musical creativity, and a unique and original sound that I can't compare to anything before and blatantly place a 'copied' label, sure they've had influence, but they are one of the most unique bands of the last two decades.
So we have the creative/original/complex band, the technical/skilled/progressive band, and the emotional/well written/popular band. Those take the 3 slots for me.