CD Review: Coldplay “Ghost Stories”
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Coldplay’s highly anticipated sixth album, “Ghost Stories”, has followed in the steps of their previous release, “Mylo Xyloto”, by again veering away from the lyrical and acoustic serenity of the band’s first four albums.
Coldplay’s music has definitely changed from the untamed harmonies of debut album “Parachutes”, the refined, genius compositions of “A Rush of Blood to the Head”, the remarkably successful “X&Y”, and the ominous yet graceful “Viva La Vida”.
But, after these profoundly illustrious albums, it seems Coldplay is aiming to further evolve their music in a way in that it both retains and reels in new fans.
Their recently released CD is bound to be popular with mainstream music listeners, with quality songs such as “Always In My Head”, “Magic”, and “Another’s Arms”, which emanate the emotional lyrics with the lingering sounds of X&Y, but “A Sky Full Of Stars” shows the mainstream direction Coldplay has tried to take, similar to that of Mylo Xyloto.
Overall, long-term fans are somewhat able to enjoy, and possibly revisit, the wonders experienced while listening to Coldplay’s first four albums, and become attached to its mellifluous setting, with some bumps along the way (A Sky Full Of Stars), but it is still a good listen and enjoyable.
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Before Ghost Stories was even released, it topped the main iTunes album chart in 66 countries, on pre-orders alone. The album is available as a digital download, on CD and on vinyl.
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