Story by Matt Majinska, The Saint Reporter
Photo Credit Huffington Post
With the departure of Coldplay’s very intimate album of Ghost Stories, the band quickly jumped back into the studio to bring us A Head Full of Dreams.
With the opening title track, a soft, mysterious sound emanates, growing louder and louder until a beat is dropped in the midst; Chris Martin sets the tone for the album and sings about how the world looks different when we start to change the it for the better. This song, along with the rest of its fellow tracks, screams out that Coldplay’s members are happy to be alive and are in the moment.
The album truly captures love, dreams, bittersweet moments, and the struggles that we have to overcome and keep moving in our lives. This is not the old Coldplay that you know nor is it them trying to be something they’re not; there is a happy medium that Martin and the gang have found to appease old and new fans alike.
The first single to be showcased was “Adventure of a Lifetime,” which is safe to say a song that we can all dance too with its disco-like jam. “Everglow,” coined from a surfer that Martin met one day, shows maturity with gorgeous piano reminiscent of old Coldplay with Gwyneth Paltrow, Martin’s’ex-wife, making an appearance in the song.
“Hymn for the Weekend” sends shivers up spines with the combination of its lyrics, instrumentation, and guest appearance, the Queen Bee herself, Beyoncé (I will not spoil anymore to you; you’ll just have to listen to this song for yourself). Singer Tove Lo shows up on a track by the name of “Fun”; this song also sounds like more maturity coming from Martin it reminisces about all the good times that he had with Paltrow after their fallout from each other. I shall speak no more of this album’s songs, for you must listen to them and form your own opinion now.
The entire idea of A Head Full of Dreams came about through a poem. According to writer Simon Cable of the Mirror, “The Coldplay frontman admitted to becoming ‘down and confused’ following his split from Gwyneth Paltrow last year.”
Martin, 38, read the poem The Guest House, by 13th century Persian poet Rumi.” I thought it was such a moving poem, that I had to share it with you.
It goes like this: “This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. meet them at the door laughing . and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond”
A Head Full of Dreams is out now as of Friday, December 4 and is available to purchase on iTunes, Amazon, or any store in general. If you’re not the purchasing type, the album will be available on Spotify the eleventh of December. What are you waiting for? Go treat your ears!