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Album Review: Coldplay – Ghost Stories

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I’ve always been told that high expectations lead to high disappointments. Maybe I was expecting more from Coldplay’s latest album, Ghost Stories, released in May, 2014. I was expecting something different from what I’m used to and at first I was disappointed.  I’m a huge Coldplay fan & own every album. I remember when Parachutes came out; I did in fact have mix tapes from the radio with “Yellow” on them. What I failed to realize when I first popped this in was that this album is about a different journey. It took another taste of Ghost Stories to realize what this was and how brilliant it is. Fourteen years after Parachutes, Coldplay delivers an album that is crammed with emotion. Chris Martin is a genius when it comes to being able to soothe our souls with his voice. He can take us to a different reality, fix our anguish, misplace our minds for the length of the album without hesitation.

There are mixed feelings about this album from fans and critics alike, but I think we fail to realize that personally, Martin has been battling his own issues with the separation from Gwyneth Paltrow. We are traveling with him in a journey of heartache. This album incorporates his pains. His sufferings. So yes, it might be a bit somber than the overly colorful joy that was Mylo Xyloto. But bands like Coldplay have originality despite their lack of “fluff”. Their ability to have an exclusive sound yet create a dissimilar album than what they’ve crafted in the past 14 years is singular. Ghost Stories is a different side of Coldplay we have never seen before, still reminiscent of their true nature, still absolutely awesome.

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Guy Berryman, Will Champion, Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland

These ballads are still full of whimsical elegance which I believe to be a Coldplay signature. With producers such as Timbaland and Avicii we get a construct of music that is indeed full of emotion.  Tracks like “True Love”, you get the taste of Timbaland; the subtle beat boxing mixed with a hint of drums being led by Will Champion, and the cries of an elaborate orchestra, all wrapped with the tenderness of Martin’s voice: “I’ve lost you now, You Let Me Go, But One Last Time, Tell me you love me, if you don’t, then lie…” You feel the guitar’s crescendo in the core of your soul. It’s the power in the lyric as well as in the instrumentals. Jonny Buckland and Guy Berryman have such a great technique with the guitar and bass. It’s engulfing. What makes Coldplay so great is that in the juxtaposition of so many elements, their albums never sound overwhelming. There are still upbeat tracks such as Skies Full of Stars, produced by Timbaland and Avicii, we first experience a lovely piano instrumental intro, EDM influences in the mixing, slowly building up, and bam! We get an explosion of creativity and a lively sound pulsating through the waves; it would be hard for listeners to not nod their head with the beat.

So this album isn’t quite what you expected. That is the beauty in Coldplay. They brought us an album that was probably difficult to create with beauty in the pain. This is why they continue to make great music fourteen years after their first studio release. So, it might not be happy, you might be a bit bummed that this album is making you bummed. Or quite possibly, this could be an album to facilitate in a tough spot. Coldplay keeps über fans like me happy and content. There are no flashy gimmicks in Ghost Stories. It’s an album of conquest. You vs. the heart.  You win.

Coldplay Celebrate Album Release With Even More TV Appearances

After a busy promotional period for their latest album “Ghost Stories”, Coldplay are continuing to bring it this album cycle. Fresh off their “Ghost Stories” NBC special, Coldplay have announced a few new television appearances. They will perform on the season finale of “The Voice” on Tuesday, May 20, and on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday, May 21. The band will also celebrate the release of Ghost Stories with upcoming shows in LA, Glasgow, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney and London.

This past Monday, May 19, Clear Channel hosted a“iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Coldplay” at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. The event featured a performance by Coldplay, including their new single, “A Sky Full Of Stars,” as well as a Q&A discussing the making of Ghost Stories, hosted by Elvin Duran.

Coldplay’s sixth album, Ghost Stories, was released in stores yesterday. You can download it on iTunes or buy the physical CD on Amazon and other retailers. Do you have it already? I really liked “Magic” but “A Sky Full Of Stars” isn’t my thing at all.

The tracklisting for Ghost Stories is as follows:

1. Always In My Head
2. Magic
3. Ink
4. True Love
5. Midnight
6. Another’s Arms
7. Oceans
8. A Sky Full Of Stars
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Coldplay Getting Busy: Album Pre-order, New Single, NBC Concert Special & TV Performances

You must live under a rock if you haven’t heard that Coldplay are getting ready to release their new album “Ghost Stories” on May 19. You can pre-order “Ghost Stories” on iTunes now and immediately download their single “Magic” and the album track “Midnight”. If you prefer a proper CD, you can preorder the album on Amazon as well.

A Deluxe CD edition of the album featuring three bonus tracks is available exclusively from Target at target.com/coldplay.

To give you a little taste of “Ghost Stories”, the band will be presenting songs from their upcoming sixth album in an hour long special called “Coldplay: Ghost Stories” on Sunday, May 18 (7 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. Directed by “Coldplay Live 2012” helmer Paul Dugdale, this in-the-round special — recorded in front of an 800-person audience in Los Angeles in March — will blend live-performance footage with cinematic film images dispersed throughout. Atmospheric projection will deliver 360-degree imagery — around, above and below the band — while being woven into the overall filmed narrative.

Photo: Pete Ohs

Photo: Pete Ohs

This sounds pretty interesting if you ask me, and if you dig their current single “Magic” as much as I do, you shouldn’t miss this amazing special. In addition to “Magic”, the setlist for the special will also include worldwide hits such as “Viva La Vida,” “Paradise” and “Clocks.” It was conceived by Coldplay, Paul Normandale and Misty Buckley. You can watch a trailer now at http://www.coldplay.com.

Coldplay have also just debuted “A Sky Full Of Stars”, the second “Ghost Stories” single. You can listen to the track produced by Avicii below. What do you think?

“A Sky Full Of Stars” will be available to download from iTunes and other digital music retailers beginning on Saturday, May 3. On the same day, Coldplay will also return to “Saturday Night Live” while they perform on “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday, May 6.