The New Yorker rarely has articles like this. When I saw the title Why I Don't Like Coldplay, I thought for sure it would be because they are so good, because the lead singer is married to Gwyneth, etc. I was surprised to see a true-to-title analysis by Sasha Frere-Jones.
He makes his case in a 6 point investigation. It's worth a read. My favorite point is #5:
Seven out of ten times, Coldplay sound almost exactly like U2—the U2 that exists now, not the wiry, feral U2 of 1980 (which would be a decent idea). U2 have not broken up. This is inefficient. Coldplay should consider copying Big Star or The Monkees.
The songwriting doesn't really get much better than Big Star or the Monkees. It's a sound suggestion.
Lead singer Chris Martin seems to be a likable guy. He came across that way in a CBS Sunday Morning interview. It just seems like the band is missing something. Maybe Sasha is right, they need a ride on the Last Train To Clarksville.