To be completely honest, I was never much one for Coldplay’s music, save a few songs; they didn’t really appeal to me. I never got excited for an album of theres. It was usually the single releases that got me; “Paradise”, “Princess of China”, and “Fix You”. With the exception of “Fix You”, these tracks didn’t exactly pull me in automatically.
I suppose you can say I wasn’t exactly a full on Coldplay fan.
A few weeks ago I was at work and just putting some paperwork (actually, I think I was with a customer) away when I heard “Magic” come over the system. The voice sounded familiar but it just wasn’t clicking. I immediately called over a coworker and asked him who it was. “This is Coldplay”. He then went into detail about how they took a different direction with this album. They incorporated some EDM; thanks to artists Avicii and Madeon, into the production, but not so much that it took away from their signature vibe. Ghost Stories had been out for about 2 weeks now; so I actually had an opportunity to listen to the full album before i decided if it was worth getting the whole thing.
They did not disappoint. Ghost Stories has a more stripped back and acoustic feeling; definitely a departure from the stadium sounds of Mylo Xyloto. It’s a reflection on your actions in the past and how it can come back to affect your present and future capabilities of giving and receiving love.
This was definitely not something I was expecting when I first listened to the album. It’s the first Coldplay production that I can say that I love all around. It falls in line with the feeling of music I usually find myself falling for. Something that allows me to sit back and think. Sometimes reflect. I found a piece of myself.
Ghost Stories is available on iTunes now