Coldplay - Always in My Head
Ghost Stories has been out in the big wide world for just over 2 weeks. For those who have immersed themselves in the emotional Ghost Stories, it may feel like an age away since the iTunes festival in March showcased some of the new material. Coldplaying.com will look back at where it began for each Ghost Story, the fan reaction, live performances and more.
Today, we start off with Always in My Head, which surprisingly appeared at the start of their appearance at SXSW iTunes festival in the Austin Convention Center on 11th March 2014. In recent times, we are used to an uptempo start to Coldplay's live shows like Hurts Like Heaven, which kicked off proceedings on the Mylo Xyloto tour. Always in My Head represented a slower pace but also gave us a glimpse into what we should of expected from Ghost Stories and captured the beautiful love story theme.
Chris Martin and the boys return in March 2014
Always in My Head has been a prominant feature in Coldplay's live performances so far in 2014, mainly as the opening track. The song was been widely praised by fans since the first live performance, while there were some criticisms for the length of the track with some fans thinking the track feels 'incomplete' due to the swift ending, "This, I guess, is to tell you you're chosen out from the rest".
The first taster of the studio version was from the preview clip of BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, interviewing Chris Martin.
The studio version features an angelic choir that adds a beautiful layer to the song in which Chris Martin's daughter, Apple Martin features on backing vocals as revealed during the said Radio 1 interview. Chris was asked by Zane in the emotional interview whether Ghost Stories took shape after finishing Always in My Head and listening back to it, to which Chris replied,
The simple lyrics, especially at the start of the song, are really effective and become a common theme throughout the album but most importantly, Chris is very genuine with these lyrics and it really adds to the atmosphere and theme of the brilliant LP overall.
There is no doubt, Always In My Head has been one of the live highlights of this era. The highlights of the live performances have arrived when the venue has been as intimate as possible which really compliments the song. A prime example of this is performance on the Jimmy Fallon show. Chris has had better vocal performances than this such as the iTunes festival but the compact stage really captures the chemistry of the band and Jonny Buckland was also fantastic in this as with the rest of the band!
Another undoubted highlight was the opening of the Ghost Stories film / TV special, where Chris was flying (in a pink harness apparently from the lucky fans who were present) as the band were playing in an empty theater before Chris closed to eyes to end the first track of Ghost Stories and perform Magic!
Fan reviews and reactions to Always in My Head
By Christa42, one of the Coldplaying moderators
By the_escapist on the Coldplaying forums
And RhysBP also shares his opinion of Always in My Head
Now, for the overall Poll results of Always In My Head since the release of Ghost Stories!
Just under 50% of Coldplayers voted the opening track a perfect 10 out of 10!
There are no doubts, that Always In My Head will be considered one of the greatest Coldplay album openers and the band have released some absolute cracking tunes to start of each album. That speaks volumes!
What do you think of Always in My Head? please leave a Facebook comment below and let us know!
Call it Magic, Call it True, stay tuned as we move onto the magical second track off Ghost Stories soon!
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