Coldplay: Ghost Stories Review

Coldplay’s latest album, Ghost Stories, forsakes the more traditional poppy approach of its previous two albums for an almost Radiohead-esque, mellow synth symphony.

The first time I heard their single “Midnight”, I didn’t recognize it as Coldplay. With its ambient loops and layered vocals, it seems hard to believe that the same band who made “Clocks” and “Viva la Vida” created it.

Not that it’s a bad song, or a bad idea.

The album feels more like a cohesive piece of work as opposed to individual songs.  It’s better to listen to the album all at once as opposed to separately, as the pieces on their own can be boring.

The sounds are oddly soothing and the entire album is great music to study with or to close your eyes and relax.

However, only three out of nine of the songs stood out to me, “Midnight,” “Another’s Arms,” and “O,” my favorite tracks off the album. There was nothing that “wowed” me, and overall I felt no emotional connection to the songs.

With more listens my opinion will probably change. The more times I hear a song the more I appreciate it, however frankly Ghost Stories can be boring at times.

Coldplay’s latest effort is a mixed bag. The album works best as relaxation music. If you’re looking for catchy pop melodies or lyrical epics, you’d be better off looking elsewhere.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars