“When you try your best but you don’t succeed.”
Coldplay has had a lot of success over the last decade or so. Arguably the most popular active band in the world at the moment, A head full of dreams could be the end of an illustrious career as front-man Chris Martin warned. The last album (Ghost stories) left Coldplay fans dissatisfied and craving something better from the multi-award winning quartet. This prompted Chris Martin and co to release A head full of dreams an album that quite frankly keeps genre-morphing all the way.
The whole world has been waiting for another masterpiece from the British superstars and so, with rejuvenated hopes, Coldplay released their 7th studio album A head full of Dreams on Friday, December 4, a day after the release and a whole lot of us are still waiting. Every Coldplay album seems to come with something new and different from what the world has come to know from them – Trying to filter an array of complex sounds and musical representations into something the audience will love. This has always worked for them, at least up until Mylo Xyloto was done and dusted, it’s been downhill ever since..
A head full of dreams led its campaign with a gob smacking hit single “Adventure of a lifetime” which we doubt would have been possible if Daft Punk didn’t release “Get Lucky”. Get lucky, Coldplay did with this song appealing to almost everyone. Somebody get these lads a chrome helmet.
Coldplay received helping hands from the amazingly talented Beyoncé on “Hymn for the weekend”, Tove Lo on “Fun” and Barrack Obama. Yes, the first Interlude "Kaleidoscope" uses poet Coleman Barks and a sample of Barrack Obama’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” from his eulogy at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church for a pastor who was one of eight killed in last summer’s Charleston church shooting in South Carolina.
Overall, the album is just another whiny compilation and an average representation of the Coldplay we have come to know and love. Sure, there are a few great moments on the album that will have your heart soar but not too worry, a disappointment of equal proportion is close by.