Coldplay return with their sixth studio album titled ‘Ghost Stories’, offering up a new musical experience that certainly branches away from the bands’ previous and highly disappointing album effort of ‘Mylo Xyloto’. On their new album, Coldplay opt for some more brooding and darker elements to build up their music, incorporating almost ambient techniques to expand upon their sound. For the most part, ‘Ghost Stories’ comes across as an interesting album experience, that certainly seems like an attempt on Coldplay’s part to branch out their style and produce something new and interesting. It’s therefore a shame that there is absolutely no life and love to be found on ‘Ghost Stories’.
Considering how awfully commercial and disappointing the bands’ previous effort of ‘Mylo Xyloto’ sounded, it’s certainly enjoyable to see Coldplay producing something a little bit more daring in some respects. For the most part, ‘Ghost Stories’ doesn’t seem to tread as much of the same ground as some of Coldplay’s previous albums, and instead seems to come across as an attempt to harness and express Christ Martin’s own feelings. There’s an almost ethereal quality to much of the music on ‘Ghost Stories’, which is fitting considering the name of the album.
Although there’s been an attempt on Coldplay’s behalf to actually produce something different, it seems the band have missed the mark completely. Much of ‘Ghost Stories’ comes across as hollow and empty, with there being absolutely no life in the songs themselves. It’s almost as though Coldplay are parodying their own style, which just goes to show how poor ‘Ghost Stories’ is as an album. Worst of all though is how the whole album seems to break away from it’s own style it presents for itself, by launching into the EDM-styled track of ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’, which seems to have absolutely no place on the album musically or lyrically. Considering the more subtle elements that the album has tried to present, it seems ridiculous to then go and include something that drastically shifts everything without any real reason for it.
Perhaps Coldplay have truly began to run out of ideas, and are now just scrapping the barrel to get at anything they can in order to achieve commercial success. As a band they will certainly achieve the commercial success they’re striving for, but it’s come at the price of hollow and empty music that almost betray’s the bands old style of when they were really true to themselves, and expressed some real emotion. It should be said that as an album, ‘Ghost Stories’ is better than the bands’ previous effort, though considering how poor ‘Mylo Xyloto’ was, this is hardy a notable feat from the new album.
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Coldplay’s sixth studio album ‘Ghost Stories’ is set for release on 19th May 2014.