Review of Coldplay Ghost Stories

Review of Coldplay Ghost Stories

In the satisfactory (but not great) DVD of Coldplay in Concert, Chris Martin announces that perhaps they are just now getting good. Maybe everything after Mylo Xyloto is going to be ever better. That was encouraging. But then comes an early single (Magic) with the energy of a midnight owl, and the news of Martin’s own meltdown, if one may assume that getting a public separation / divorce after more than 10 years is something that will eat you inside out. So the result is Ghost Stories, an album that is tolerable if you intersperse its tracks in the middle of Coldplay’s previous winners. So you could have Yellow, then Magic, then Paradise, then A Sky Full of Stars and that would be a decent playlist. But here, you have a new album with only 8 tracks, reflecting a tremendous rush to get something out there and lack of inspiration. With the drummer and lead guitarist obviously doing something else than playing for the band, you have Martin’s pleasant vocals but no energy. The reflection of a let’s play to forget that we’re pretty dry and done in spirit.

So let’s consider Ghost Stories an EP with a bunch of downtempo B sides and we’ll be happy to add some tracks to our playlists. And now we have to wait a good 2 years to hope for something that sounds like the band that gave us… when put your favorites songs here, they probably won’t be from Ghost Stories…