Coldplay fills our head with broken dreams

Original post on the Western Gazette


Coldplay has finally returned with their seventh studio album. If you’re looking for elevator music, this is the album for you. 

A Head Full of Dreams is more like a head full of ambient happy sounds. Although it’s packaged in a promising and flamboyant manner, the album doesn’t deliver as much wonder as its intricate cover conveys. 

Coldplay does a full 180 from their angsty, progressive and mystical albums Ghost Stories and Mylo Xyloto. They lack much of their resonating lyrics and detailed composition seen on previous albums.

Despite their sub-par lyrics, there are some bright spots in A Head Full of Dreams.

Out of the eleven songs, the best tracks are easily Adventure of a Life Time, A Head Full of Dreams, Hymn for the Weekend and Up & Up.

Hymn for the Weekend and Adventure of a Lifetime are the two stand-out tracks on the album. They feature the best combination of Coldplay’s skill and genius behind their experimentation. Voices are used as instruments, not just conveyors of words. There are dynamic, surprising and catchy. If you don’t want to listen to anything else, make sure to check these out.

The title track A Head of the Dreams opens the album in a colourful and serene vocal-filled spectrum of joy. Adventure of a Lifetime radiates an energetic, fresh blend of synthetic and acoustic sounds fit for a sunny day.

Hymn for the Weekend features Beyoncé in a dream-like, sultry song that might be one of Coldplay’s first party anthems while Up & Up closes the mediocrity of the album. The track uplifts the heart and infuses a much-needed dosage of hope. Coldplay reinvigorates their sound in these few songs but unfortunately, they can’t save the rest of the album.

Thematically, A Head Full of Dreams runs on a ‘post-conscious uncoupling’ freedom of lead singer Chris Martin. It’s an album that conveys relief, joy and a sense of liberation. However, it falls flat because of the repetition of these themes. It keeps its head in the clouds and never looks down, never looking back at reality to ground it or to add meaning. Tracks like Everglow seem to almost reach this, but tend to miss out.

Martin previously hinted at this album being the last of their albums for quite sometime. Hopefully this is not the case because it would be a sour key to leave fans on.

Needless to say, A Head Full of Dreams leaves you dreaming for a better album. Let’s hope Coldplay redeems themselves.

A Head Full of Dreams can be found on iTunes and music distribution stores. 



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