So…the new Coldplay album has arrived and it has a lot to live up to following Xylo Myloto, however nearly 5 years have passed since and it is clear that Coldplay have moved on.
I’ve read a few reviews in papers whilst on my travels recently and these reviews have mainly been very negative towards Ghost Stories. One review even questioned whether Jonny Buckland was still part of the band, because of the lack of “swashbuckling” signature guitar riffs that have characterised Coldplay songs up to now.
Well, all I can say is that these reviews are very unfair! Life moves on, tastes and styles change, so why can’t a band evolve their musical offerings? Yes…Ghost Stories is a departure from the traditional Coldplay style and yes, it has probably been heavily influenced by Chris Martin’s split from Gwyneth Paltrow, but so what?
Personally, I think Ghost Stories is a very refreshing change, with more focus on mellow tunes and an increase in the prominence of electronic music and when Jonny Buckland does strum his strings it is done with subtle class. Less is more afterall…
Nice work Coldplay!