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  1. One day I am going to be an old man who has a dusty Coldplay catalog when suddenly, one day, they (even older men) release a five disc set of every B-side they never released and glorious euphoric nostalgia will rush over me....such a rush.
  2. Just threw up a poll. I tried keeping it pretty simple and consolidated a bit. Let me know if I missed anything major or made an egregious mistake!! :D
  3. ^ I think that is a solid prediction actually! I think that after an album like Ghost Stories or MX they will use electronics more sparingly in the future. I would love an album that sounds like Ghost Story. That song mixed electronics and instruments really well. They just played A Whisper recently, and we know they are working on music, so maybe a modern follow up to A Rush is due!!! Lets hope so!
  4. ^Haha I love that video. But I am with you. My answer would be for folk. It is a genre that seems to have entered popular music recently with Mumford and Sons, Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men, but in the Viva Era Coldplay killed it. I would love a mostly acoustic record with explosive folk jams. Jonny on electric, Guy on Mandolin, and Chris and Will jamming singing it out on guitars. That is my dream. Proper releases of Lukas, Famous Old Painters, Don Quixote would make me faint.
  5. Now that Coldplay is definitively in the Ghost Stories era and will likely be for the rest of the year (Atlas--GS--GS (Deluxe)--possible EP) we can now define its sound: a mix of the old (somber atmospherics, low-key, introspective lyrics) and the new (minimalist electronics, pop driven, occasionally big sounding.) So where do you want their sound to go next? They have already successfully explored alternative rock, world and all out pop, stadium-rock, acoustic/piano ballads, shoegaze, electronica, even folk to some degree. Where could they go next?
  6. When it leaked I was jumping around my house like a madperson. I have probably listened to the album twenty+ times now, but honestly, it has worn on me significantly. I don't find myself wanting to revisit most of the songs like I did with their other albums. I think that confirms that it remains my least favourite Coldplay album, one of the main reasons being it just doesn't have that replay ability. If that made you fart, I hope it was a relieving one.
  7. I just listened to the podcast and really, what is so disagreeable about it? I mean, these guys all are not Coldplay haters, two of them seem to love Viva, Parachutes and a Rush just as much as most coldplayers. Obviously they really really don't like Ghost Stories, and I disagree with their overall assessment, but the points they make are often valid. Here are a few of their criticisms that I am completely in agreement with: Usually Martin's somewhat poor lyricism is negligible because of the incredibly emotive music going on in the background. On Ghost Stories, we don't get that very
  8. ^ There is the comparison I was looking for!!! It sounded so much like a few other songs to me, one being by Pearl Jam that I can't remember, and the other REM.
  9. If the song O and MX had a baby, and the song was produced by The xx, then the result would be O (Reprise). I enjoy it immensely. I prefer the original O for its more minimal approach, but this is a great rendition as well that I only wish was longer.
  10. ^Definitely their worst music video to date. Charlie Brown is not a rave song for me, it is an alternative rock dance song. This video felt like Rihanna's We Found Love video but for tweens. Didn't enjoy it at all.
  11. A very interesting tune for Coldplay! On first listen it reminded me of Pearl Jam strangely enough, certainly something that could have fit in to AROBTTH B-sides, but of course with a few modern twists. I love the raw acoustic guitar strumming patterns and the influence of Jonny throughout the track. The Ghost Stories elements are definitely here though, the faint woodblocks in the background, the flute, the electronic echoes. I might liken it to an OK Computer sounding song were it not upbeat. Hearing the whole band jam out is really refreshing in this track. My only gripe is Chris' vocals.
  12. Really interesting to see this reviewer actually loving all the other albums...I am not sure I buy it entirely though. I actually enjoyed his review, I felt his history of Coldplay was pretty good. Of course, I don't agree entirely with his criticisms with Ghost Stories, I would probably give it a 6 or 7. But that still for me, like this reviewer, is the lowest score I would give a Coldplay album.
  13. It took me about a year. I didn't love it at first, but a year later I listened to the whole thing through, and honestly, it was amazing. I really love this album. The sort of things others don't like were my complaints but became my loves. Sure, it is poppy, very over the top, very produced. I think people need to embrace that though. If I am in a good mood, I just turn that album on because I can dance to it, I can sing along to the massive explosive choruses, and I can put on headphones and pick out all the little details that are hiding in each song (because the production is amazing!!!)
  14. Pitchfork only has one individual review an album and I think they rotate reviewers for artists every album. They are hard-pressed to give many albums good scores, but I usually agree when they give great reviews. Truth is, some of them probably like Coldplay and others don't. The GS reviewer clearly doesn't, whereas the MX reviewer clearly just had a taste for that power alternative pop sound. People harp on pitchfork for being hipster and hating the mainstream, but often times they give the mainstream albums the best reviews: Beyonce, Yeezus, Lorde. I don't worry about one reviewers opini
  15. All Your Friends is notably the darkest track on Ghost Stories Deluxe Edition. The misty atmosphere, leading bass guitar, Massive Attack style drumbeat, and echoing guitar are very reminiscent of the The xx. In many ways, I imagine this song belonging on an album with Moving To Mars, as often the electronics and piano become deep, spacey and sharp. It certainly sounds like a Coldplay B-side, as it is difficult to classify in their discography, but the track is very enjoyable and fresh sounding. The lyrics are overall decent, and I especially like the electronic flare at the end of Chris' "
  16. ^ You are right, the notes at the beginning are Jonny, but there is also some other sound with the guitar (not sure if is synth or percussion) that I am not fond of. And I do like Will's percussion that he composed, it is the bass beat that was Timbaland's contribution I don't much care for. And I never saw that instagram post-- I will will take back that statement then :) not synthesized orchestra! That is pretty cool to see! Wish I could hear more of that on the track. Still don't love the track though :( But maybe in time it will grow on me a bit more!
  17. lennyrott2

    O - your review

    Fly On is a lovely piano send off for Ghost Stories. Chris' attempt at unconditional love is very much founded here. Lyrically and through his piano, the track is incredibly beautiful and heartfelt. While it may not stand up in emotion to other piano driven tracks from Coldplay like The Scientist, Postcards From Far Away, or more recently, Atlas, it still will be moving a lot of hearts. Better, is O, the final 1:30 minute ending that I only wish was longer. The angel wings flying away essentially, O is electronic and instrumental atmosphere that elevates the listener and is distinctly unique
  18. Hearkening back to Parachutes, Oceans is a successful mix of the old and the new. The acoustic guitar is lovely and it is very pleasing to hear Jonny using E-bow again, as it creates a classic Coldplay sound. The sonar drum is never too overpowering and Chris delivers some emotive (maybe not as much as Parachutes) vocals that do nicely. There are moments where the track feels a little too processed, especially when the first round of synths are thrown in, however, the ending bit of the track with the church bells and crashing waves is one of the most chilling and beautiful things Coldplay h
  19. With complex drumbeats like a quality hip-hop track and warped, distorted elements, Another's Arms is a must listen headphone song. The poppy piano and angelic voice start this track off nicely, but quickly it dips into a deep, somber and gorgeous song. There is a lot to hear here: the glassy percussion, the synths, the piano, the stabbing guitar, the dark atmosphere and the uniquely, mumbled and pleading vocals. The final climax brings together all of these elements adding a fitting bassline that plays off soft womps of the woman's voice. A perfect marriage of minimalist elements forms an
  20. Midnight, Coldplay's surprise single from Ghost Stories is perhaps its best crafted. Based on a Jon Hopkins track, it quickly becomes Coldplay's own, a pulsating dark, shimmering, and symbolic piece of work that brings the band's strengths for atmosphere to fruition. The song smartly takes its time to build, adding texture and electronics slowly and beautifully. Chris' vocoded voice is refreshing and haunting at the same time, and while properly drawing comparisons to Bon Iver and Imogen Heap, they remain distinctly his. The bleak lyrics also exemplify the vocal minimalism that is needed for
  21. True Love has an identity crisis, and ends up being Ghost Stories' big flop. Relying almost entirely on repetitive, rather ugly staccato synth notes, a Timbaland drumbeat, and a sweeping synthesized orchestration, Chris Martin delivers some decent, painful lyrics. However, they are carried in a hooting falsetto register that completely removes any sentiment from the words, making the resulting melody like that of a middle school opera. It is evident that Coldplay was going for a dreamy, offbeat pop song to match the meaning behind the lyrics, but none of the sounds come together here. The bl
  22. Ink is an unexpected track on Ghost Stories as a solid, upbeat, and slinky pop song. A surprising array of instrumentation dances around a light drumbeat as Chris, like on the single Magic, convincingly delivers ambiguous and cheesy lyrics of love and loss in perfect pop-star form. Much more than other tracks, Ink feels like an audible jam session that delves into more light-hearted and worldly sounds, which not entirely unique in the context of music, or fitting in the context of the album, still makes it a stand out. 8/10
  23. Magic finds Coldplay exploring a new brand of pop music that seems to be gaining popularity. The constant bass line sets this minimalist approach, and it is wonderfully complemented with varying, expert drumbeats, electric guitar and piano reverb, and icy electronic flares. Martins lyrics play with the basic premise of Magic being a duality of love and heartbreak, and it is surprising effective as he delivers some of his most pop-oriented vocals to date. There are lots of fine details that keep this song interesting from start to finish, and it becomes most recognizable Coldplay, for better
  24. Always In My Head is an album opener we should now expect from Coldplay. Like Don't Panic, Politik, Square One, Life In Technicolor, and MX/Hurts Like Heaven, it sets the overall tone for the record perfectly while being powerful headphone music and having direct effect on the listener's emotions. The atmospherics here are perfect, with an angelic voice growing alongside dreamy synths towards an electronic drumbeat and serenading guitar, all swimming in deep bass notes. Chris' vocals are beautiful, and the lyric's simplicity and effectiveness of conveying a message should be acknowledged.
  25. A Sky Full Of Stars is a bittersweet EDM climax for Ghost Stories, very clearly produced by the poster-child of Swedish-house, Avicii. The fast paced, airy piano that opens the track is a welcome blast of optimism but builds with Chris Martin's clean (and understandably cheesy) vocals to the expected crescendo of modern day dance beats. This becomes the greatest detractor for an otherwise decent track. Rightfully drawing comparisons from Rihanna's "We Found Love," the song directly treads on the same tracks of other EDM hits that are ultimately far better. The production here is top-notch,
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