everyone else is doing it so I'll give my two cents as well:
Personally liked it a little more live, but it's still a solid album opener in the studio version.
This one is really cool- at first when I heard the kaleidoscope clips I thought this was gonna be bad, but it really did surprise me. Guitar is beautiful and most of Chris' singing is nice too. Some of Chris' vocal melodies were a bit weird imo, and I really hope that they changed the ending because it's kinda weird and abrupt.
Meh *next song*
This one resonated with me for some reason, really enjoyed this. The piano melodies are absolutely BEAUTIFUL (Already learned em) and it's really the "feels" song of this album. Nicely done
First I didn't like it- but a couple listens and this is now one of my favorite songs. <3 tove's voice under Chris' sounds amazing. I like the cool riff in the beginning too (a lot of really nice riffs imo) good collab overall- Production kinda lowered my rating for this one, like a lot of the rest.
Wish there was more to this other than instrumentals and a poem (while it is a nice poem). "what could have been" is really what the title should be
Army of One: 7.5/10 or 8/10
A lot of you surprise me with this one- I enjoyed it! The organ was a nice touch, kind of reminiscent of Fix You but not entirely. Had a nice beat and I think it'll continue to grow on me.
X Marks the Spot: 3/10
Chris pls stop
Amazing Day: 6.5/10
I dunno- this is the song I'm sort of on the fence about whether to like or not. Has nice moments and there are others where I just can't feel it. Cool bass line in the beginning, perhaps another that will grow on me.
Colour Spectrum: 8/10
Interlude- Coldplay seems to be pretty good at these
Production got me like :\ I really really REALLY (I can't emphasize) how much I enjoyed this (along with many of the rest of you) live and how much I was let down but the damn production on this one. Hopefully the leaked version ends up being a bit different than the final one we'll get in a week. Nonetheless, still an excellently done song. The guitar solo still gives me goosebumps and some of the lyrics have the same effect. Only reason this isn't 9/10 because of production effects.
OVERALL: 7.5/10 or 8/10
Enjoyed this album more on the second listen around and it's definitely a step over Ghost Stories. More high points than low points (XMTS and HFTW basically), along with the majority of this whole thing being nice and upbeat. :)