Coldplay’s new album is ‘A Head Full of Dreams.’ It’s the seventh album from the multi-Grammy winning British rock band and speculation abounds that it may be their last. If that is the case, is this a fitting swan song? Here’s a roundup of reviews from the music critics.
The album, announced just a few weeks before its release is drawing notice not just for the virtual surprise but also for the hints and speculation that it may be the last from the multi-Grammy winning band that has given us many memorable albums and singles for the past decade and a half. Their ‘Viva la Vida,’ in particular, is not only one of the most iconic hits of the 2000s, but it still reigns as one of the biggest hits so far in the 21st century.
High expectations for ‘A Head full of Dreams? Yes, as always, with Coldplay. This new album boasts quite a lineup of guest artists including Beyonce, which in retrospect seems long overdue as frontman Chris Martin and former wife Gwyneth Paltrow’s longtime friendship with the superstar and her husband, Jay Z. And lest anyone think that’s a duo, it is in fact a trio as Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy is also heard on the track. Still a toddler, she’s by now a veteran music artist having made Billboard history a few weeks into her existence on earth as the youngest artist ever to chart.
And not least, Martin teams up with Paltrow on a much-buzzed about track, ‘Everglow’ revealing the couple who famously “consciously uncoupled” earlier this year have literal harmony. And yes, there’s buzz about another voice heard on the album, that being President Barack Obama, in a sample of his singing of ‘Amazing Grace’ during the eulogy he delivered for Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney who numbered among those who lost their lives in the mass church shooting in Charleston. Rounding out the stellar list of collaborators are Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo and Merry Clayton.
Collaborators may give us all something to talk about, but ultimately, it’s all about the music. Is this an album we’ll want to buy and listen to? Critics are weighing in on the merits of this, the possibly last album of Coldplay and here’s a roundup of reviews.
“….The album does have a few high points. While ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’ takes the crown, the shimmer of ‘Bird’ and the spoken word splendor of ‘Kaleidoscope’ (better than it sounds, I promise) both leave their mark. The trouble is that those are just three tracks across the album’s 12 and ‘Kaleidoscope’ runs less than two minutes. ….”– The 405
“….A Head Full of Dreams is a very colourful album. It’s their most pop, varied and radically different work to date; it’s intended to be the first chapter of their new course but it lacks a clear direction. This is perhaps due to the effect of producer duo Stargate who are used to arranging and co-writing singles (Rihanna, Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea) rather than long plays…..”– The Upcoming
Check back for more reviews as they arrive. The album closes out the year, that we’ll perhaps remember as the year of Adele’s ’25’ as it’s not only the biggest selling album of the year, after just one week, but has already made history for the most sales in a week. But, perhaps Coldplay will put a notable coda as this year waltzes into history. You can see ‘A Head full of Dreams’ album art below.
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