Review: A Head Full Of Dreams by Coldplay
If you’re going through a particularly difficult day, Coldplay’s latest release is just what you need to clear away the cobwebs and drive out the darkness.
A Head Full Of Dreams, the British band’s seventh studio release, is decidedly bright and chirpy, from the moment you pick up the album and stare at its colourful artwork, right until you savour the last of the album’s uplifting tracks.
Lead single Adventure Of A Lifetime’s bubbly electric guitar intro alone evokes the sense of a new day dawning, starting over, and the exciting possibilities that lay ahead.
Amazing Day is an invitation to forget the past and enjoy the present. The album’s most encouraging track, Up&Up, is for all caught in life’s storms and a call to weather it together. Its chorus features a choir of voices and an irresistible melody you’ll want to sing along to.
All these may sound a little too dreamy, like Martin has his head stuck in the clouds, but A Head Full Of Dreams isn’t oblivious to life’s pains and struggles.
After all, the lead vocalist went through a very public “conscious uncoupling” with Gwyneth Paltrow, which inspired last year’s gloomy Ghost Stories.
On Fun, Martin addresses the break-up head on but with a positive spin. “Oh didn’t we have fun?” he sings with Swedish singer Tove Lo, as he looks back at the decade-long marriage with fondness.
Everglow, which even has Paltrow herself performing background vocals, is the highlight of the 11-track release. It’s a beautiful ballad about a love lost, but instead of the usual feelings of bitterness and resentment, Martin elegantly pours out his deep admiration for his ex-lover.
A Head Full Of Dreams is a celebration; whether or not life gives you an occasion to celebrate.
A Head Full Of Dreams