What a refreshing new album from the talented band Coldplay! Their musical efforts have always been consistently excellent, from their debut album "Parachutes" and "A Rush of Blood to the Head," and now, "X&Y" was definitely worth the wait. Their latest release is sonically more alternative than rock-ish, and imparts a soulful elegance that very few alternative rock albums can claim. Play this edgy yet elegant music for a casual and hip gathering. And pair this album with a 2004 MacMurray Ranch Russian River Pinot Gris . The Pinot Gris is light and crisp and offers rich characteristics of apple, pear and fig, with an impressive rating of 93 points from Wine and Spirits. For just about $17.99 a bottle, you and your guests can relish the clean and crisp accompaniment of the wine to the radiance of Coldplay's high energy and sophisticated album.
Sia Furler is a talented artist from Australia, and her album "Colour the Small One" is like an eavesdropping into her heart and soul. Lilting piano, breathless chants and at times intense, syncopated beats and introspective lyrics color the songs with a serious, sensual tone. Her lush and quirky vocals have been featured in Zero 7's music, and her solo work is certainly a gem worth discovering. This album sets a more emotionally engaging and sensual ambience, and we pair Sia with the 2002 Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Mead Ranch . The Zinfandel is sexy, and its voluptuous, silky cocoa and toffee notes are augmented by sleek spicy blackberry and black cherry nuances. Given a 92 point rating by Wine Enthusiast, it is also a gem at only $14.99 a bottle. For a more intimate gathering of solemn contemplation and sharing, play Sia and allow your senses to gingerly soak up the soulful melodies and the rich layers of the Zinfandel.
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