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  • Audio CD (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • ASIN: B00IQE4NUK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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I would highly recommend this album as music to listen to before/whilst going to bed as an integral component to your reverie.
It is soothing, mystical, ethereal and hypnotic, drowsy, and feather-lightweight floating over all the other caprices of the universe, all at the same time. Even the drums have a 'smoothered' echo, 'playing' with my heart beat unconsciously.
Excellent.
If you would like to know more about this genre; I suggest John Lennon (&sons) Home Demos, Kate Bush's Aerial, and a number of other classical/playlist suggestions. I suggest Brahms 4, Rachmaninoff Études-Tableaux Preludes, Vince Mendoza 'Nights on Earth', and even the Goldberg Variations.
Well done Coldplay! Never slept so well during exams, with this and ear plugs I'm sorted!
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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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Once again Coldplay produce a fine piece of art. There are stand out tracks of course, but as a complete album is fantastic. The songs are haunting (no pun intended) and grow in listenability. I have left this for other music but have come back to enjoy again. Unmistakably Coldplay, but an evolution in sound from earlier works.
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So the two singles (Magic/A Sky Full Of Stars) were OK, Oceans is great, but the rest is a little mediocre. For me, although I do like it, this album is below the standard of all their previous albums, and unlike earlier albums it hasn't really grown on me with additional listening. I had very high expectations, only partially met.
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All the best bands have albums which tell the story of where they were in their careers/lives at the point when they wrote the songs and Ghost Stories is no different.

Coldplay are experts at putting together that long lost art form of an "album" rather than a collection of loosely collected tunes. Pieces of music that you listen to in their entirety because they make more sense that way.

Mylo Xyloto was a screaming thunderbolt of feel good that said "we are Coldplay, we are one of the best bands in the world and this will be one of our headline albums that even a non Coldplay fan will buy and that we will do huge shows off the back of." Let's face it the album then became the 2012 Paralympic Closing Ceremony Soundtrack!

This album however doesn't want to order you to crank the volume up and risk breaking your speakers with anthems, rather it invites you to sit down, relax, absorb, listen and understand the emotion of what you are hearing.

Here is a very personal collection of songs to be listened to as simply the next part of the Coldplay discography. It is not a stand alone album but is the latest destination on the Coldplay journey.

In my opinion this is a beautiful, chill out, piece by one of my favourite bands. If you appreciate music you will appreciate this. Some may say this is a self indulgent piece but I'm sure the same was said about Beethoven when he was a global headline act with everyone waiting eagerly for his next release.

Intelligent music - an album.... remember those?

Put the CD on (or make sure the album is sorted in track number order on your mp3) - press play and leave it to play until the final note.

...and if you want to understand it more then go onto You Tube and search out the excellent interview with Zane Lowe
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