Music: Ghost Stories - Coldplay

2014-05-19 12:00


In a nutshell: The world has been waiting with baited breath for new material from Coldplay and finally after three years, the English pop-rock band have released their sixth album, Ghost stories. Is it any good? We investigate...

What’s it like: A sad disco party. The album feels well aware of the personal relationship struggles its front man, Chris Martin, went through while making the album. It tries so hard to shape a new course for the band but ends up just wallowing in its own darkness, a darkness it seems to enjoy a lot.

Fave Bit: It's Coldplay! and there are pieces of the original sound which are undeniably brilliant like the riffs in Magic and the piano of final track O. Also, the lyrics on tracks such as Oceans (Behind the walls, Love, I'm trying to change ) are some of the best Chris has ever written.

Rating: A brave new direction from a band that has always pushed the envelope within their own boundaries. Often it works,  like on the beautiful Midnight  and  O,  but too much of the album is dependent on its audiences matching its pensive and dark electro mood. Lyrically it's brilliant but it just feels too sorry for itself to be heralded as a classic 4 /5

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