Angela is a Japanese pop band, notable for having their music portrayed as theme songs for several anime television shows. The main members are Katsu, their signature upbeat tunes and rich arrangements combine elements of rock, electronica and ska. In 2008, they started, they are most well known for providing all opening and ending themes to the Fafner in the Azure anime series. Although both Atsuko and Katsu were born in Okayama Prefecture, they met for the first time in Tokyo at a music school. In 1993 angela was formed and they began as street performers. In 1999 they made their debut with the single memories, however this release went unnoticed. However, in 2002 angela signed on with Starchild, their breakthrough came when they wrote the opening song, "Asu e no brilliant road", along with three different ending themes for the anime Stellvia of the Universe. Their first album, Sora no Koe was released by Starchild in 2003. Since they have provided songs for the show Fafner in the Azure and have released eight more studio albums: I/O in 2004, PRHYTHM in 2006, Land Ho! in 2009, mirror☆ge in 2011, ZERO in 2013, ONE WAY in 2015, LOVE & CARNIVAL in 2016, Beyond in 2017.
In 2004, angela played at the Otakon Convention in Maryland. The following year, 2005, saw live performances at Sakura-Con in Seattle, at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, Canada. Sora no Koe was released in the United States by the Geneon label as Voice of the Sky in January 2005, their second album I/O was released under the Geneon label in the U. S. in August 2005. Their next album, PRHYTHM, was released by Geneon in the U. S. in November 2006. In 2010, for the first time, angela performed at Southeast Asia's largest anime convention, Anime Festival Asia, held annually in Singapore, it is their first time performing in the country. In 2011, they followed up with another performance organised by jplex in Singapore at Republic Polytechnic. In the same year, they appeared in Singapore again at Anime Festival Asia 2011. In 2012, they were invited for the third time to perform at Anime Festival Asia 2012 in Indonesia; the following year in 2013, they would return to perform in Singapore at Anime Festival Asia 2013.
In 2018, they were invited for the fifth time to perform in Singapore at Anime Festival Asia 2018. In July 2013, Angela performed for the first time in Paris, France at the Japanese culture convention, Japan Expo. On 31 October 2013, angela launched their official YouTube channel, they would make an appearance at the Anime Expo anime convention in Los Angeles in July 2014. In 2017, their song "Zenryoku☆Summer!" was used as the opening theme to the anime series Aho-Girl. Atsuko Full name: Atsuko Yamashita Born: January 23, 1975 Origin: Okayama Prefecture In charge of: Vocals and composition KATSU Full name: Katsunori Hirasato Born: June 12, 1974 Origin: Okayama Prefecture In charge of: Composition, keyboard, bass drum, sanshin and DJ Jinbo-chan Full name: Yasuhiro Kojima Born: April 8 In charge of: Drums Yuuki Full name: Yūki Somekawa Born: December 2 In charge of: Bass guitar kanaco Full name: Kanako Yamaguchi Born: June 18 In charge of: Violin Hazuki In charge of: trombone Manami In charge of: trumpet Nao In charge of: Saxophone 明日へのbrilliant road Release date: 21 May 2003明日へのbrilliant road 綺麗な夜空 明日へのbrilliant road 綺麗な夜空 The end of the world Release date: 21 August 2003The end of the world 明日へのbrilliant road ～second genesis～ The end of the world 明日へのbrilliant road ～second genesis～ merry-go-round Release date: 3 December 2003merry-go-round butterfly merry-go-round butterfly fly me to the sky Release date: 26 May 2004fly me to the sky Proof fly me to the sky Proof in your arms Release date: 2 June 2004in your arms solitude in your arms solitude Shangri-La Release date: 4 August 2004Shangri-La Separation Shangri-La Separation 未来とゆう名の答え Release date: 26 January 2005未来とゆう名の答え 年下未知数脳内HD 未来とゆう名の答え 年下未知数脳内HD DEAD SET Release date: 3 August 2005DEAD SET 花のように DEAD SET 花のように YOU GET TO BURNING Release date: 7 September 2005YOU GET TO BURNING Dearest YOU GET TO BURNING Dearest Peace of mind Release date: 21 December 2005Peace of mind 砂の城 Peace of mind 砂の城 gravitation Release date: 9 May 2007gravitation 虚無の嵐 Your breath gravitation 虚無の嵐 Your breath Beautiful fighter Release date: 12 November 2008Beautiful fighter My story Darling Beautiful fighter My story Darling 約束 Release date: 25 December 2008約束 innocence Shangri-La 約束 innocence Shangri-La Spiral Release date: 13 May 2009S
Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and drummer Zac Farro. Williams and Farro are founding members of the group, while York, a high school friend of the original lineup, joined in 2007. Williams is the only member listed on the band's recording contract with Warner Music Group's Fueled by Ramen sublabel and the only member to appear on all five of Paramore's studio albums; the group released its debut album All We Know Is Falling in 2005, with the album reaching number four on the UK Rock Chart in 2009 and number thirty on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart in 2006. The band's second album, Riot!, was released in 2007. Due to the success of the singles "Misery Business", "Crushcrushcrush", "That's What You Get", Riot! was a mainstream success and was certified Platinum in the United States. They received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2008 Grammy Awards, their 2009 follow-up, Brand New Eyes, is the band's second-highest charting album to date, landing at number two on the Billboard 200 with 175,000 first week sales.
It produced the top-forty single "The Only Exception" and went platinum in Ireland and the UK, as well as gold in the US, Canada and New Zealand. Following the departure of Josh and Zac Farro in 2010, the band released their self-titled fourth album in 2013, it gave the band their first career number one on the US Billboard 200 and was the number one album in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico. It included the singles "Still Into You" and "Ain't It Fun", with the latter winning the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for Hayley Williams and Taylor York as songwriters, making it Paramore's first Grammy win; the band's lineup changed once again after this album cycle with bassist Jeremy Davis leaving the band near the end of 2015 and former drummer Zac Farro rejoining the band in 2017. Their fifth studio album After Laughter was released that year. In 2002, at age 13, vocalist Hayley Williams moved from her hometown Meridian, Mississippi to Franklin, where she met brothers Josh Farro and Zac Farro at a weekly supplemental program for home-schooled students.
Shortly after arriving, she began taking vocal lessons with Brett Manning. Prior to forming Paramore and bassist Jeremy Davis, along with friend Kimee Read, took part in a funk cover band called The Factory, while Josh and Zac Farro had practiced together after school; the other members of what was soon to be Paramore had been "edgy about the whole female thing" of having Williams as vocalist, because they were good friends, she started writing for them. Williams said of the members when she first met them, "They were the first people I met who were as passionate about music as I was."Williams was signed to Atlantic Records as a solo artist in 2003. She had been introduced to Atlantic A&R Tom Storms by Kent Marcus and Jim Zumwalt, lawyers of managers Dave Steunebrink and Richard Williams, eventually signed to Atlantic by Jason Flom. Steunebrink and Richard Williams had discovered and signed her to a production deal, bought out by Atlantic; the original plan of the label was to turn her into a pop singer, but Williams resisted, saying that she wanted to play alternative rock music with a band.
In an interview with HitQuarters the band's A&R at Atlantic, Steve Robertson, said, "She wanted to make sure that we didn't look at her as some straight to Top 40 pop princess. She wanted to make sure that she and her band got the chance to show what they can do as a rock band writing their own songs." Label president Julie Greenwald and the label staff decided to go with her wishes. The original management team for the band was Dave Steunebrink, Creed manager Jeff Hanson, Hanson's assistant Mark Mercado; the band was formed by Josh Farro, Zac Farro and Williams in 2004, with the addition of Williams' neighbor Jason Bynum. When Davis showed up, he was stunned to find out the drummer, he admitted "I had very little faith in everyone in the band because of their age. I remember thinking,'This is not going to work because this kid is way too young,' but that first day of practice was amazing. I knew we were on to something." According to Williams, the name "Paramore" came from the maiden name of the mother of one of their first bass players.
Once the group learned the meaning of the homophone "paramour", they decided to adopt the name, using the Paramore spelling. Paramore was supposed to release their music on Atlantic Records, but the label's marketing department decided it would be better for the image of the band to not have them attached to a major label. Instead, they released their music through the niche label Fueled by Ramen. Lyor Cohen, the head of Warner Music Group, had identified Fueled by Ramen as a label they should partner with, it was decided. According to Robertson, when the band was presented to Fueled by Ramen's CEO John Janick, "he got the vision of the band immediately." Janick went to a Taste of Chaos performance in Florida to see the band perform live. In April 2005, after a smaller private performance at a warehouse, the band was signed to Atlantic Records and Fueled By Ramen; the band's first song written together was "Conspiracy", used on their debut album. At this time, they were touring the southeast being driven by Williams' parents.
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Proof is a 2000 play by the American playwright David Auburn. Proof was developed at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey, during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays; the play premiered Off-Broadway in May 2000 and transferred to Broadway in October 2000. The play won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for the Tony Award for Best Play; the play concerns Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a deceased mathematical genius in his fifties and professor at the University of Chicago, her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness. Catherine had cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness. Upon Robert's death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert's office; the title refers both to that proof and to the play's central question: Can Catherine prove the proof's authorship? Along with demonstrating the proof's authenticity, the daughter finds herself in a relationship with 28-year-old Hal. Throughout, the play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally and her desperate attempts to stay in control.
Act IThe play opens with Catherine sitting alone in the backyard of her old house. Robert, her father, approaches her with a bottle of champagne to celebrate her 25th birthday. Catherine complains that she hasn't done any worthwhile work in the field of mathematics, at least not to the same level as her father, a well-known math genius, he reassures her that she can still do good work as long as she stops lying in bed till all hours and wasting time reading magazines. Catherine confesses, he begins to comfort her but alludes to a "bad sign" when he points out that he is, in fact, dead. He died a week ago. Robert disappears, she awakens when one of Robert's students, exits the house. He's been studying the hundreds of notebooks Robert left behind after his death, looking for any work that could be published. Catherine assures him that the notebooks are filled with scribbles and nonsense since her father wrote them when he was at his most delusional. Hal, attempting to flirt, invites her to go see his band that night.
Catherine becomes suspicious of him and demands to see. She roots through it to find nothing but becomes infuriated when a notebook falls out of Hal's jacket, she dials the police while accusing him of trying to steal her father's work and pass it off as his own. He admits that he was sneaking it away but only to give it back to her as a birthday present, he opens to a page. In it, Robert writes it's a "good day" and thanks to Catherine for taking care of him and expresses hope for the future. Hal leaves Catherine with the notebook, she begins to cry. The next day Claire, Catherine's sister who just flew in from New York, is setting up a large brunch for them in the backyard. Catherine enters and Claire tries to goad her into idle chitchat as Catherine seethes. Claire declares she's getting married and invites Catherine to stay with her and her fiance in New York. Catherine assures her she'll come in January for the wedding, but Claire keeps pressing her to go earlier; when Catherine demands to know why Claire is inundating her with questions, Claire tells her the police came over earlier to check in on Catherine.
Catherine admits to calling the police the previous night and tries to explain her altercation with Hal but only ends up sounding unhinged to the dubious Claire. Hal asks to continue his work sorting the notebooks. Catherine lets him inside and Claire drops a hint for Catherine to try flirting with Hal by offering a bagel. Catherine storms into the house; that night, after the funeral, Claire holds a party in the house for her friends as well as Hal and Robert's students. Catherine escapes to the porch where Hal offers her a beer. Hal confesses that he's not so sure about his own mathematical abilities since he considers math to be a "young man's game". Catherine tries to reassure him with a quote from Gauss. Hal responds by kissing her, much to Catherine's surprise, he apologizes for trying to steal the notebook and she apologizes for calling the police. They kiss again and Hal asks Catherine if she remembers meeting him years earlier, she says she does and recalls she thought he was "not boring".
They continue to kiss. The next morning Catherine sits outside. Hal exits the house and tells her he'd like to spend the rest of the day with her. Catherine tells him to look inside, he goes into the house. A moment Claire comes into the backyard hungover. Catherine, now in a good mood, tries to make nice with Claire. Claire takes the opportunity to continue to push Catherine to moving to New York. Catherine asks why she would move to New York to which Claire confesses that she's selling the house. Catherine becomes enraged at the idea and she accuses Claire of abandoning her to take care of their sick father alone. Claire insists that the reason she did so was to keep working to pay for the house as well as Catherine's education. Catherine reveals that she had to quit school to tend to Robert and accuses Claire of trying to have her committed. Claire admits that she's researched doctors and facilities for Catherine but insists that she wasn't planning on having her committed. In the middle of the row, Hal appears clutching a notebook containing his excitement.
He tells Claire that Catherine is in possession of one of Robert's notebooks which holds a important proof. Claire asks Catherine where she found it and Catherine tells them she didn't find it, she wrote it. Act IIWe flashback
Proof (1991 film)
Proof is a 1991 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, starring Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot and Russell Crowe. The film was released in Australia on 15 August 1991, it was chosen as "Best Film" at the 1991 Australian Film Institute Awards, along with 5 other awards, including Moorhouse for Best Director, Weaving for Best Leading Actor, Crowe for Best Supporting Actor. The story concerns the tribulations of a blind photographer. Through a series of flashbacks, Martin is shown as a child, distrustful of his own mother, she describes to him the garden outside his bedroom window, she tells him that someone is raking leaves, but he can't hear the sound and angrily decides she is lying to him. This childhood experience affects Martin as an adult, as he anticipates that sighted people will take advantage of his blindness to lie to him, or worse yet, pity him, he has become a resentful, vaguely bitter person who spends his days taking some photographs of the world around him having various people describe them.
He uses these photographs and the Braille descriptions before he stamps on them as "proof" that the world around him is as others describe it to him. He takes secret pleasure in rebuking the romantic advances of Celia, his housekeeper. Celia harbors a deep-seated and obsessive crush on Martin, as evidenced by the scores of photographs of him adorning the walls of her flat, takes out her frustration at her unrequited love by tormenting Martin in small ways, such as rearranging the furniture in his house. Martin keeps Celia around because her hatred of him means he knows she can't pity him. One day Martin encounters Andy, is pleased with the depth and detail with which Andy describes his photos; the two become fast close friends, Martin soon comes to trust him implicitly. The jealous Celia is threatened by Andy's increasing presence in Martin's life, she seduces Andy, Martin catches the two in the act, before Andy reluctantly lies to him about it. Celia recognizes this opportunity to foil Martin yet again, sets up a series of events leading Martin to discover Andy's dishonesty.
Martin is devastated and plunged into a deep despair, breaks off his friendship with Andy. On, Andy confronts him, tries to convince him that everyone has flaws, shouldn't be judged on such simple terms. "People lie," he tells Martin, "but not all the time. And that's the point." Martin is swayed by Andy's impassioned words. Near the story's conclusion, Martin decides to fire Celia, but acknowledges his own role in purposely antagonizing her in their love-hate relationship. Despite his openness she is angry that her efforts have gone to waste, when asked to return her key to Martin's house, she throws it in the sink. Martin asks Andy to describe one last photo for him, one he has kept locked away for years. Martin had told Andy that this was the first and most important photo he had taken, it is a photo of the garden from Martin's childhood, taken moments after his mother described it on that fateful day. However, Andy's detailed description includes the iconic man raking leaves Martin's mother told him about, that he had rejected for all these years.
This revelation provides Martin with his proof, emotional release. Hugo Weaving as Martin Geneviève Picot as Celia Russell Crowe as Andy Heather Mitchell as Martin's mother Jeffrey Walker as Young Martin Daniel Pollock as Punk Frankie J. Holden as Brian Frank Gallacher as Vet Saskia Post as Waitress Yvonne Bickerstaffe as Doctor Cliff Ellen as Cemetery Caretaker Tania Uren as Customer Robert James O'Neill as Hoon Anthony Rawling as Hoon Darko Tuscan as Hoon The film took four years to go from script to finished film. 1991 Won Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Achievement in Editing, Best Actor in Lead Role, Best Actor in Supporting Role, Best Director, Best Film, Best Screenplay 1991 Nominated Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Achievement in Sound, Best Actress in Lead Role 1991 Won Tokyo International Film Festival: Bronze Award, Jocelyn Moorhouse 1991 Won Cannes Film Festival: Golden Camera Award, Jocelyn Moorhouse 1992 Won São Paulo International Film Festival: Critics Awards, Jocelyn Moorhouse 1992 Won British Film Institute Awards: Sutherland Trophy, Jocelyn Moorhouse Proof grossed $2.1 million at the box office in Australia and $1 million in foreign sales.
Rob Lowing, film critic for the Sydney Morning Herald praised the quality of the script and the acting. Lowing wrote, "Proof is an extraordinary film, another landmark in Australian movie history which proves that, you can have it all: great drama with wit and wisdom, lasting impact and entertainment too." Cinema of Australia Russell Crowe filmography Proof on IMDb Proof at Rotten Tomatoes Proof at Box Office Mojo Proof at Oz Movies
Fandango (1985 film)
Fandango is a 1985 American comedy film directed by Kevin Reynolds. It was a student film titled Proof made by Reynolds while he was attending USC film school, it was a parody of Greek life at his alma mater Baylor University. However, due to his father's presidency at Baylor, he did not wish to portray the Baptist institution in an unfavorable light and gave it the alternative distinction as the University of Texas. Steven Spielberg saw the film and helped fund a feature-length comedy/drama about five college students from Texas in 1971 who go on a "last road trip" together, celebrating the "privilege of youth" as they face graduation and the draft for the Vietnam War. Fandango stars Judd Nelson and Sam Robards; the soundtrack features an original score by Alan Silvestri and music by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, among others. The film was released by Warner Bros. and Amblin Entertainment on January 25, 1985, a DVD of the film was released on February 15, 2005. Fandango marked not only the directorial debut of Reynolds but the feature film debut of Suzy Amis known for her work in modeling.
In 1971, at a fraternity house on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Gardner Barnes is throwing darts at a picture of himself and his ex-girlfriend Debbie. He rejoins the graduation party going on downstairs, but not before tearing the picture in half. Gardner is a member of a clique called the Groovers, whose other members include Kenneth Waggener, engaged to be married, ROTC geek Phil Hicks. Phil's parents arrive at the fraternity house just in time to see another Groover named Lester pass out, they meet the strong, quiet seminary student Dorman. Kenneth interrupts the festivities by announcing his student deferment has expired and he is now to be drafted into the Vietnam War. Gardner is not surprised: his own notice came weeks before. Kenneth reveals he has decided to call off his engagement to Debbie on account of being drafted. Gardner reacts with some relief; the Groovers decide to celebrate their last days before the draft by going on a road trip, intending to visit a notorious roadhouse "dig up" someone - or something - named Dom near the Rio Grande.
They drive all night before making a rest stop. Some, including Phil, resist continuing. Phil's car runs out of gas and the Groovers must decide whether to walk to the nearest town or hitch. Phil is adamant about not leaving his car behind, when someone gets the idea to lasso a train passing on the railroad track parallel to the road. Dorman attaches the front bumper with some fence cable to the back of the train, but the car's front end is pulled off, leaving the car in place; the Groovers eat at a Sonic Drive-In. They meet up with some townie girls and end up playing in a cemetery operated by one of the girls' undertaker father, where they come upon a fallen Vietnam War soldier's tombstone, they sleep at the former movie set of Giant. The next morning, with the car repaired with a front end from a different make and model, the Groovers continue. Phil wants to go back. Gardner confesses. Humiliated, Phil retorts; the group sees a sign for a parachute school giving jumping lessons. Gardner cons the hippie-ish instructor.
Phil goes up into Truman's aircraft. However, he is carrying Truman's dirty laundry instead of a parachute; the boys try to warn him from the ground without success. Phil is able to open the emergency chute on his stomach with much prompting from Truman by walkie-talkie; the Groovers get a picture for their efforts. After discovering the charred, abandoned remains of the roadhouse, the Groovers press onward. At last they reach a bluff overlooking the Rio Grande and dig up Dom – which turns out to be a magnum of Dom Pérignon champagne; each takes a drink before Gardner toasts to "freedom and youth." Kenneth is disheartened. Pondering on the nature of love, Gardner decides to make things right, he calls Debbie, gets her to re-accept the engagement, arranges for Truman Sparks to fly her from Dallas to the border town and back. Through some trickery, reminiscent of stone soup, he sets up a beautiful wedding for Kenneth and Debbie. Debbie and Gardner share one last dance before the wedding. After the ceremony, Phil gives Debbie his car as a wedding present.
Lester goes to hitch a ride "anywhere" and Phil and Dorman shake hands before leaving. Perched atop a cliff overlooking the town and watching the wedding reception, Gardner lifts a beer in salute to his friends. Principal photography began in 1984 at a number of locations in Texas, including Alpine, Austin, El Paso, Fort Davis, Marathon, Monahans and San Elizario. Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas and Tulsa, were prominent in the film; the skydiving sequence in Fandango is shot-for-shot taken from Kevin Reynolds's USC thesis film, Proof from 1980. Spielberg had seen a copy of Proof and offered to produce the project, which became Fandango, through his company, Amblin Entertainment; the supposed backdrop of downtown Dal
Speed of Sound (song)
"Speed of Sound" is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their third studio album, X&Y. Constructed around a piano and guitar riff, the song builds into a synthesiser-heavy chorus, it was released by Parlophone Records. "Speed of Sound" was released in the US and UK on 18 April 2005, made its radio premiere on BBC Radio 1 with Lamacq on the day of the release on 19 April. The single was pressed with two B-sides: "Things I Don't Understand" and "Proof"; the song premiered in the UK on 23 May. Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin admitted that the song was developed after the band had listened to English art rock singer Kate Bush. Upon the song's release, it charted in the UK Singles Chart in the number two position. In the United States, it debuted at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, their first top ten hit in the country, their most successful song until "Viva la Vida" reached number one in 2008. "Speed of Sound" was recognised Song of the Year by the American Society of Composers and Publishers and it was nominated twice at the 48th Grammy Awards.
The song won a Brit Award in the category for Best British Single in 2006. The track's music video was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards. "Speed of Sound" was the billionth song downloaded from the iTunes Store. In an interview, Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin revealed that the song was written in mid-2004 and was inspired by Martin's daughter and English alternative rock singer Kate Bush: "That's a song where we were listening to a lot of Kate Bush last summer, we wanted a song which had a lot of tom-toms in it. I just had my daughter up and was kind of feeling in a sense of awe and wonderment, so the song is kind of a Kate Bush song about miracles." The drumbeat of the song was inspired by Bush's 1985 song "Running Up that Hill". In a separate interview, bassist Guy Berryman said: "We were trying to recreate the drums on that song for this song, the chords; some bands are reluctant to admit that they take things from other artists and bands that they listen to and we're shameless in that respect, we don't mind telling."The band's opinion towards the song, has soured.
Martin has said that he dislikes "Speed of Sound", saying in a 2011 interview, "We never got it right." During an interview with Howard Stern, Martin said that his dislike of "Speed of Sound" stems from the song having "a shit recording." Due to this, Martin is reluctant to perform the song live, citing his feelings towards the song, noting that "an audience can pick up real fast if you’re not convinced by something." "Speed of Sound" is a piano-based song with an upbeat tempo. The song begins with the insistently ornate keyboard melody, with a backing synthesizer, heard throughout the song; the melody transitions into the first verse being sung by lead singer Chris Martin. It repeats, with the song transitioning into its second verse; the verses of song feature the rest of the band. It climaxes with the anthemic chorus, which features a huge roar of instrumentation that includes electric & bass guitars and synthesizers; the song ends with the chorus and its grandiose sound. "Speed of Sound" is written in the key A Mixolydian.
The lyrics in the song are cryptic. The fourth line in the second verse alludes to discovering your place in the world: "How long am I gonna stand/with my head stuck under the sand."In his review of X&Y, Bill White of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper noted that the "slowing... creative juices" evident in "Speed of Sound" compare to "melodies from both Jeff Buckley and Keane". Coldplay released "Speed of Sound" in the US on 18 April 2005 as the album's lead single; the single was pressed with two B-sides: “Things I Don’t Understand” and “Proof”. The song was met with a polarised response from critics. PopMatters felt that the song "comes close to sounding too safe like the band is on autopilot." Several critics felt that the song resembled Coldplay's earlier single "Clocks". MusicOMH commented that "Speed Of Sound, the lead single, has'Clocks'-like drumming contrasts with synth sequences that remind more of Enya than rock music" and criticised it for sounding "familiar and far older than it is."
Pitchfork Media criticised the song's "uncanny resemblance to'Clocks'" and continued "Certainly, it hurts to stick with what works, but this is not just a near-exact replica of its successful predecessor. The reviewer did, comment that "the track's vocal melody outperforms the one from'Clocks' by a hair." The Village Voice felt that the song was "unusually accomplished and emotional." Paste Magazine praised the song, saying that it "reveals the hand playing: a piano riff as memorable as the one in'Clocks,' ringing guitars, martial drums, orchestral pomp and, in the center, Chris Martin's keening vocal, so vulnerable and yet forceful enough to stand out from the mass of sonic detail." The New York Times, dinged X&Y for "trying to carry beauty of'Clocks' across an entire album – not least in its first single,'Speed of Sound,' which isn't the only song on the album to borrow the'Clocks' drumbeat." Rolling Stone magazine gave a mixed review, calling it "an appealing but not thrilling song" and noted "...it sounds a bit like..."Clocks" but withou