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Ghost Stories [VINYL]

Coldplay Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PLG UK Frontline
  • ASIN: B00J0H0YN2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (680 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Always In My Head
2. Magic
3. Ink
4. True Love
5. Midnight
Disc: 2
1. Another's Arms
2. Oceans
3. A Sky Full Of Stars
4. O

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Sixth studio album by the British alternative rock band. The concept album features the singles 'Magic', 'Midnight' and 'A Sky Full of Stars' and is said to be inspired by lead singer Chris Martin's relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The album debuted at #1 in the UK Albums Chart.

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106 of 115 people found the following review helpful
By Paul
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Okay, I've read the reviews from people saying this is not what they were expecting, they wanted more in your face, catchy, jump-up and down songs. All I can say is that there are enough of those kinda albums out at the moment, and most of them are about as deep, personal and meaningful as a slap in the face. Here Coldplay have gone against the expected, and triumphed, in my opinion, with an album not afraid to take risks. After all isn't an artist allowed to make an album that they believe in, and one that feels right for them at the time? I would much prefer this than listen to an artificial album, dictated by the wants of the many. Look at all of the blockbuster movies that don't know what they want to be, usually they try and appeal to so many demographics that it ends up appealing to no one in particular. This album is atmospheric, deep, involving, without falling to cliche, or surrendering to populace demands or wants. The best music is made without an audience in mind, for that music will find its audience, and that is the best way for all music to be. Coldplay have moved on, and they have evolved, but if you haven't too, then I guess its time to stop listening.

I love all the tracks on the album, but standout tracks for me are, 'Magic,' with its catchy, and affecting beat, along with the poignant, heartfelt lyrics. 'Midnight,' with its haunting (great video by the way) and sleepy chorus, synthesised voice and mellow but soulful tone. 'A sky full of stars,' which is slightly more upbeat and reminiscent of Coldplay's early days. And 'O,' with the most gentle, subtle piano, over which Martin displays the deftest of melancholic poise as he sings from the heart. This song has already become a favourite of all Coldplay songs to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The magic is gone 17 Oct 2014
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
One or two good moments (Ink and MIdnight) but largely forgettable. None of the great tunes that Coldplay once did so well. No real emotion, despite the supposed emotional background to the record, and nowhere near the range of emotions that makes great 'sad' records (like, say, George Michael's Older or Joni Mitchell's Blue). Chris Martin just sounds a bit bored on a night in. It's all very self-absorbed: Dumbed down music and dumbed-down lyrics. There is nothing that even remotely hits the power of The Scientist (actually there is probably not a single song on this record that would have got on to one of Coldplay's first four records).
Probably no way back from a record as uninspired as this - the cupboard is bare. Even expensive producers and pandering to the pop market can't make up for lack of tunes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful and atmospheric. Loved it. 5 Aug 2014
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Beautiful & soulful. Gentle & melancholic. Chilled out Perfection. I really like this CD - it's a pleasant change from the more anthemic stuff they became famous with.
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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting and beautiful album of music 19 May 2014
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I love Coldplay, I think they are an innovative and brilliant band - and I am old enough to remember the first Beatles record being released!

I don't necessarily like every track they have ever recorded so I would be more than happy to say if I thought this album didn't live up to expectations, but it does. It is brilliant. It is different, you are waiting for some of the tracks to break out into some sort of usual Coldplay anthem the nearest they come to that is Sky Full of Stars but the other tracks are haunting and melancholic in a beautiful way. It is obvious what the theme of the album is and the sadness is there for anyone with half a heart to hear but it doesn't make it miserable or bitter. For me, this album celebrates love, without regrets and is beautiful.

I believe this album is a natural progression from Waterfall. If you aren't keen, keep playing it and I am sure it will soon grown on you. Wonderful and haunting, beautiful and melancholic. Highly recommended
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice album but a little heavy on heartbreak 16 Jun 2014
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Love hurts. OOOoooooohhh, OOoohhhhhhh love hurts. I was in love and it broke my heart. I wish I was still in Gwyneth's "fire down below". OK Chris we get it. You broke up. It hurts. Your ex is beautiful. etc...

I like this album musically - some great production and melodies - but after a few listens through now the lyrics are starting to jar a little. I know that this was an album of catharsis but about 5 of the 9 songs are laments about missing her, wishing he was with her, feeling her, seeing her and so on.

Worth a listen if you're a Coldplay fan (which I used to be but have slightly gone off them since their early stuff)
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quietly persuasive 21 May 2014
By Trish23
Format:Audio CD
I haven't been a fan of Coldplay's quieter moments for a long time, not since A Rush of Blood to the Head, the last time they did slow stuff well. Ever since, their downtempo output has been rather dreary & dirge-like so I really wasn't expecting to like Ghost Stories. Listening to the 1.25 minute itunes previews wasn't encouraging me to change my opinion. Then I watched Ghost Stories; the Film on SkyArts. Then I watched it again. Then I bought the album.

Let's be clear - Ghost Stories is not the soundtrack to your dash to work, jogging or motorway driving. It's late night and mellow. Despite the subject mattter it has a blissed out, trippy feel & it's perfect for when you come in from a night out & it'll be a great chillout accompaniment for when you're watching the sun set on a beach of your choice this summer.

'Always In My Head' does exactly what it says on the tin and will indeed be always in my head. Just because it's slow doesn't mean it's not catchy. I haven't decided yet whether 'Magic' is going to be irritating on repeated listening but for now I like it. The electronic 'Midnight' - weird, wonderful & vocodered - is something of a stand out. The closer 'O' is rather similar to opener 'Always In My Head' which gives the album a satisfying, cyclical feel. Along the way there's 'Ink' which I'm not sure about & I wouldn't care if I never heard 'Oceans' again. The album does really need 'Sky Full of Stars' for a change of tempo & to give us the chance to dance around our bedrooms. It's fun, though a bit more work could have gone into the lyrics. Still, resistance is futile as it's probably going to be part of the soundtrack to this summer. Learn to love it.
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