“Ghost Stories is the 6th studio album by the British rock band Coldplay. Ghost Stories, partly inspired by lead singer Chris Martin‘s troubled relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow at the time of the album’s recording, is a concept album that tells the story of a man going through a dramatic and sudden breakup, with the narrative following the man’s various emotional states leading up to his eventual acceptance of the situation. The album revolves around a central theme of “opening yourself up to love”, and accepting that love does not last forever.
The album was recorded by the band throughout 2012 and 2014 at the band’s purpose-built home studios in London, England, and features guest producers Avicii, Timbaland and Madeon, in addition to the band’s frequent collaborator,Jon Hopkins. The album is packaged with original etchings by Mila Fürstová, created specifically for the album.”
Here’s what I think, Ghost Stories has to be one of the most honest and soul baring albums i have ever listened to by Coldplay. In my opinion, it is comparable only to their earlier work X&Y. That was one helluva an album. I can sing it back to back, and this is quickly happening to me and this one too…well not exactly each and every song like the aforementioned one, but most. The songs I skip now, I believe will grow on me should I give them another listen over..
I looked forward to this album’s release as much as I look forward to ..well i have no real comparison. I originally thought to say Christmas then i thought of how “Hallmark Movie” like that would sound. That aside, I looked forward to this album mostly because I had a feeling it would be really sad. Conscious uncoupling and all…I could relate. I looked forward to bawling to this album. I followed each and every release (Magic and Midnight came out first), all and every update on Coldplay’s Facebook and YouTube… this is one of the big ones this year. I read up on it on Wikipedia..I looked up Mila Fürstová, the artist behind the album art. I prepared myself for my soul’s touchdown. I have never done this.
So I finally got it and I was overcome by emotion at the first play…then something weird happened..no tears. The emotion was/is real, I related more than I thought i would to the various emotional states that Mr. Chris Martin must’ve gone through…shall we go song for song now? Thank you.
“Always in my head” going without saying, this song is hypnotising from the second it begins. It’s lyrics carry quite some truth for me that i cannot divulge here. It really does set the classic Coldplay melancholic mood. I must say this now, that every song in this album sounded to me like his confessions to her and that made it all the easier for me to admit certain feelings I harbour, as I accepted through these songs that men are in fact capable of such deep emotion and vulnerability. His soul is left here. Hanging on the last note. Bare. “Magic” which is naturally the most popular track from the album, also “got me” at first note. The lyrics so much more than the instrumentation and arrangement, which was pure genius! Classic Coldplay. This one is a song you can find yourself singing at the oddest of times, I know I have. Mostly, the reprise. Yet again, it’s lyrics hit home in a way inexplicable. It’s the perfect love story, between a man and love.
“..and if you were to ask me,after all that we’ve been through, still believe in magic? Yes i do…well yes i do, of course I do”
I love, love this song Ink! It was my quick and not so obvious favorite. It’s up beat- ish, yet still carries a sadness with it. This is one that true soft rock lovers will appreciate. All the trimmings.. complete with perfect vocalisations and that classic Coldplay Organ sound. Only die hards can relate. I love this song, so much that it hurts.. listen and see what I did there.. :)
The song that is responsible for taking me back to X&Y was this one: True Love. It’s one of those songs you put on, turn the lights off and close your eyes. Get lost in it. Soak it up. It tells a story of a man yearning for professions of love..have we not all been here? I feel, i take away from it in trying to explain it.. so i will stop here. The seamless meld into the next track Midnight is great..and always finds me pre- empting it. On my first listen of this song, i did not know what to think. I felt betrayed. Too much synth. I thought this new Coldplay sound from Mylo Xyloto lingered still into this album…to be honest,I like the song but some bits of it get all to “dubsteppy” for me. I’m not a huge fan of the heavy synth.
This song Another’s Arms, is an angry type of sad. Not much has been said of this song. I don’t know why, it’s a beautiful song,but I reckon it’s because it touches topics we as humans are not at ease to speak of. I reckon.Oceans yet another “Coldplay of old” feel to this one. So “A rush of blood to the head” Awesome vocals. Vocalisation- there’s a difference right? The most beautiful thing about this band is that their songs sound the same in performance and on the album. The BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance of this song was just sublime.
“You’ve got to find yourself alone in this world…you’ve got to find yourself alone”
Coz, you’re A sky full of Stars I’m gonna give you my heart… very up tempo. Very EDM – their first dance track apparently. I had a feeling this was the song Avicii worked on. Sounds so much like a track he’d do, and I was right, upon research i did find that he played additional keyboards!! Coldplay pulled a Beyonce on this one and did a live recording of this song in Australia, with fans and it looked like a street fair. How envious was I? When will you shoot a fan video in Nairobi? I’d sell a kidney! I easily skip this song though, even though it’s lyrics are quite lovely.
O is a song that really would meld in with their old track “ Violet Hill” in fact, i find myself singing the last line in the chorus every time! This is by far the saddest song in this album. It’s like his release. The song in which he “gives up the ghost”. It has a very heavy grand piano instrumental. I love it!
In a sense, I feel that this has to be the most honest album I have heard all year and i am glad it was my al time faves – Coldplay!!
|“The idea of Ghost Stories, for me, was “how do you let the things that happen to you in the past – your ghosts – how do you let them affect your present and your future?” Because there was a time when I was feeling like they were going to drag me down and ruin my life, and the lives of those around me. I was very lucky to meet a very good sufi teacher who started to introduce the idea of “if you sit with your experiences and the things you’ve been through, they alchemize.” At the time he said that, I didn’t really know what that meant, but I trusted that it would work, and the more that I was learning about that, the more music just started flowing through.” ~ Chris Martin