Coldplay has always been one with the times, especially with their music, and now with the booming success of electronic music (be it EDM, house or ambient), the British four-piece want to contribute.
Their previous release Mylo Xyloto was a taste of their electronic influences – “Up in Flames“ sticks out the most – and now with Ghost Stories, they’ve turned that ambient, electro-pop sound into a full length album.
Frontman Chris Martin decided the album would be a concept album, after going through a divorce with ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow. The album is basically a story of break-up, and eventual acceptance. Martin’s emotions and passion certainly come through with deep, and resonating songs.
Unfortunately, the album comes across as monotone for the most part, with a most of the tracks sounding recycled and album fillers.
Of course songs like “Another’s Arms”, and “A Sky Full of Stars” (which features Avicii) bring a bit of character to the album. Parts of the album carry over some more traditional Coldplay-sound, such as “Ocean”, which would effortlessly fit well into A Rush of Blood to the Head, and “O”, which would be great for X&Y.
Overall, the album was an interesting attempt from the “alternative” rock band, and shows the band’s ability to head in a different direction.
It is definitely worth adding to your Coldplay collection, but it isn’t their best work.
Take a listen here.