‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ by Coldplay Album Review: A Familiar Palette of Sounds
Coldplay’s seventh studio album, which was released last year is a promising continuation of the British rock band’s new colorful identity established with the explosive Mylo Xyloto (2011) and the more balanced Ghost Stories (2014). The new album, which the band will promote on their upcoming European and North American tour this summer, takes us on a vibrant musical journey.
Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ Album Review
Coldplay remain true to their style on A Head Full Of Dreams, but they fail to surprise the fans with something new and innovative. Even when the album seems to move into a more experimental field it returns to the familiar formula of rock infused with an electronic sound, upbeat and humanitarian lyrics, positive vibes and enduring vibrancy.
The title track opens the album with a composition that evokes U2 anthem songs. “A Head Full Of Dreams” is less explosive than another classic Coldplay song, “Paradise,” yet it is clearly the kind of song that was written to make packed arenas sing along. “Adventure Of A Lifetime,” which was the lead single from the album, brings a groovy sound, reminiscent of former hits like “Charlie Brown” and is equally catchy.
On an album, which has brought together a number of creative minds, perhaps the most stunning A-list collaborations features Beyonce for the upbeat track titled “Hymn For The Weekend.” The recently released video for the song finds the singers in a colorful and pristine-looking India. The song has a defined beat, which makes it a great club track, especially once the remixes start rolling in. Chris Martin‘s voice is especially captivating on the high notes in the anthem-like chorus, while Beyonce sounds bewitching on the intro and outro. Bey also makes an appearance later in the album on the final track “Up&Up.”
“Fun” featuring Tove Lo brings us to a more subdued pace with easy-flowing guitar harmonies in the background and Martin and Tove Lo’s voices complementing one another on the chorus. The pledge to lasting friendship in the lyrics may be founded on a resolution of Martin and former wife Gwyneth Paltrow, who also makes an appearance on the back vocals of “Everglow.”
A Head Full of Dreams strengthens Coldplay’s new musical identity. It is an album that is as fun and easy as it is carefully thought out and serious in its endeavor to showcase the rock band’s increasing creativity and musicianship.
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