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Criticisms with the album?

Mitch

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This is my first post on this site. After listening to the new album for the last two weeks I would give it a generous 3/5 star rating. For me the standouts are ASFoS, AiMH & True Love. This album is basically Diet Coldplay...I understand its kind of a concept album with the Chris/Gwyneth split and works well as a late night headphones piece but doesn't hold up the best otherwise unfortunately. IMO it is lacking one or two other up-tempo tracks and I feel Another's Arms could have been switched with Atlas. I certainly haven't lost faith in the band and trust they will come back with a belter of an album (with all band members utilising their instruments properly) next time round.
 

Ouch

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[video=youtube;Fct7QGQl3Ik]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fct7QGQl3Ik[/video]

Thought to include this video, mostly because he's a really in depth reviews. He deserves a lot of attention for his reviewing style, too.
 
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kmm1482

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I don't know why people discredit this album for its downtempo songs like Midnight, Oceans and Fly on! That's the biggest strength of this album! It's songs like Sky Full and Ink that really drag it down


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ysthomas

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My problem with the album is that I find myself not singing with it at all. These songs are just not interesting. When many think the bonus songs are the best ones and they compare them favorably to other bsides. Thats not saying much. Listening to VLV i realized that there isnt one song on ghost story that i prefer over any of the VLV songs. I actually have to force myself to play the new album out of respect for coldplay.
 

aschall

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I have put A Sky Full of Stars off the tracklist and replaced it with Ghost Story, i like ASFOS but it doesnt fit the rest of the album at all, it would be better for MX.
Ghost Story doesn't fit the album either, if you think about... Actual drums, and a much louder rock feel to it. I like it but I just had to remove it from the tracklist after including it for about a week.

O pt 2 and All your Friends still flow with the rest of the album so I kept those in.

[video=youtube;Fct7QGQl3Ik]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fct7QGQl3Ik[/video]

Thought to include this video, mostly because he's a really in depth reviews. He deserves a lot of attention for his reviewing style, too.
This guy is so pretentious and over dramatic, just for the sake of being over dramatic. His reviews are terrible. Watch his Arcade Fire -- Reflektor review; he completely misinterprets the meanings of the songs and just bags on the album without any real reason. He's just overly negative just to create the illusion that he's highly opinionated and knows what he's talking about.

Anthony Fantano (aka theneedledrop) on the other hand, is a phenomenal reviewer and I've discovered a lot of GREAT new music through him. And I basically agree with him on GS. The only difference is I'm completely fine with all the problems he mentions. As a hardcore fine, I'll welcome true music from the heart with open arms when it's from Coldplay.
 

Corkus

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I'm kinda surprised this is getting panned more than Mylo Xyloto. I remember basically being lynched on here for daring to say negative things about that album. Ghost Stories isn't great, but damn is it infinitely more listenable than MX.
 

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^ I think everyone agrees Ghost Stories is just a great big "meeeeh", there's nothing really special about ir, while Mylo Xyloto had stronger songs, which made people hate it or love it, there's no in between for it.
 

Harondor

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I think that GS is a great album ; I was a bit confused at first listen but the songs grew on me.
However it's too short, it lacks one or two more songs.
 

Mrk

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I don't really get all the hate too. The whole atmospheric/downtempo direction they've taken is probably one of the most interesting things they've ever done. To be honest, my expectations were really low before Midnight was relased, because I thought they would have gone full nostalgia and make a clone of AROBTTH just to please the old fans (see Keane with Strangeland), but luckily they didn't (with the exception of Oceans maybe, even though it doesn't sound "forced" at all and works perfectly in the album context). Actually, I'd put this album up there together with Viva, but maybe it's just that I've been listening mostly to electronic music lately.
 
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kmm1482

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I would LOVE if the next album was an Oceans/Ghost Story/Midnight sounding album


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aschall

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No. I think if they tried another X&Y style album it would be great.
 

MidnightSpies

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No idea why anyone wouldnt want more songs as brilliant as Amsterdam, warning sign, god put a smile, politik, or... square one, til kingdom come, low or... lovers in Japan, 42, yes or... don't panic, trouble, spies or... like their last brilliant bonus track ghost story. Rush 2.0, x&y 2.0? Fine with me!
But actually I just would like to them to make an album with stronger, high quality music. Most tracks from gs are not up there.
Ghost story being a very good example of being something in between rush and viva but still original. They prove they can do that :)
 

uncc49

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I think people fail to realize that Coldplay developed it's strong loyal following from 1998-1999 through 2002.. That core of fans is happy with Ghost Stories more than the last 3 albums. X&y and mx have wonderful rock songs.. This album is Coldplay being themselves.. And us longtime fans love it
 
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kmm1482

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Is it bad that I honestly haven't listened to the album in a week or two?


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Cobalt

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I have no idea why people are saying they want total rehashes of old albums - chances are if it happened people would complain about it.
 

nathondetroit

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I have no idea why people are saying they want total rehashes of old albums - chances are if it happened people would complain about it.
One of the understated ways that Coldplay has grown is the range of style/colors in their sound. Although Parachutes and Rush are the foundation to their sound, I find it much easier to play those albums in the background. Viva, MX, and Ghost Stories feel more like theatrical productions that can't be ignored.

Honestly, I'm really glad that Radiohead didn't recreate their first two albums. You may not like all their records, but at least they each had their own soul. And for that matter, I don't think Coldplay has ever put as much heart into their music as now. Cheers to the vibrant future:)
 
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kmm1482

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I have no idea why people are saying they want total rehashes of old albums - chances are if it happened people would complain about it.
I think there's a difference between "rehashing" and "reconnecting" with an initial sound. I wouldn't want it to be forced, but to step back and see that they're a GREAT band that doesn't ALWAYS need drum machines and synths. That they broke into the world with a more raw, emotional sound. But yeah, a song called 'Yellow Again' with lyrics like "Look at the stars again, look how how they still shine for you" would be horrific.


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Cobalt

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More of an observation of a nonsensical wish to me, I wouldn't care if certain elements were revisited but with stuff that has been learned applied to it
 
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