Ghost Stories [+digital booklet]

May 19, 2014 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Digital Booklet: Ghost Stories


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 16, 2014
  • Release Date: May 16, 2014
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company.
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  • Total Length: 42:38
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  • ASIN: B00IR3W52S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (476 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

It's musically and lyrically very good.
Nick T
Almost like an album of extra songs that didn't make the cut previously.
James Olendorf
I like all of the albums from Coldplay and this is another good one.
James Holly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

152 of 167 people found the following review helpful By Adam Pawlowski on May 20, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Let's get this out of the way: some people really, REALLY hate Coldplay. And I kind of get it. Coldplay doesn't exactly cater to anyone's masculine side, for one thing. And Chris Martin is such an easy target: he's eager to please, he's not afraid to go into a wobbly falsetto, his "uncoupled" wife's name is effing Gwyneth. Whatever. Forget those people. Focus on what's happening here, because what's happening here is actually quite remarkable. A melancholy break-up album that initially seemed destined to fail (and the critics have already been stomping the crap out of it, writing a review just two hours after hearing a stream? are you kidding me?!), now seems to be connecting with people. At least that's what it looks like from where I'm sitting. Consider the evidence at hand. I was underwhelmed by Magic upon first listen, only to find myself haunted by it lately. There's something lurking within that song and it keeps finding me. And the rest of the album seems to be progressing on a similar trajectory. This is a suite of songs that seem to belong together. And, no, the lyrics are not profound, but neither are they dishonest. Or put it this way: it's not exactly poetry but it really works with the music. How's that? (Alright, I'm starting to ramble now…) Look, I don't know what I was expecting from this album—I was definitely underwhelmed by Mylo Xyloto—but I find myself surprised by it. And quite moved. Listen to it on the headphones, late at night, and see if you agree…
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82 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Helen Ross on May 21, 2014
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This album is Coldplay's most underrated gem. It's getting a lot of flack from critics and some fans alike. They've definitely dialed it back since Mylo Xyloto, but this album is pure Coldplay goodness, full of palpable emotion and beautiful melody. It's softer, subtler, more gentle than Viva or Mylo, calling back to their first three albums. But at the same time they experiment with synth sounds and beats that makes it something we've never heard from this band before. It's beautiful.
BUT-- I was disappointed to find out that Target has an exclusive of this album with three new tracks. Three tracks makes a BIG difference on a 9 track album! I would have bought it there first if I had known.
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Boulevard on May 19, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Regardless of what you think about Coldplay it's hard to deny the cultural phenomenon they've become. With each release their popularity grows and they manage to expand upon their sound bit by bit. With Ghost Stories the band proves they're in it to win, taking the most acoustic template of their early records and mixing it with gentle electronic elements to create a dreamlike soundscape that is both fascinating and a bit underwhelming.

"Always in My Head" is a great opener, an ethereal number that's both gentle and driving at the same time. Most have probably hear "Magic" by now and have doubtless formed an opinion. I'll admit to being underwhelmed by this track initially but within the context of the album it opens itself up and feels much more natural. Chris Martin's vocals are in great shape and he uses his wide range quite tastefully. Guy Berryman's bass riff also deserves credit for building a solid foundation for this track as a whole.

"Ink" is more blatantly electronic, with programmed beats giving way to swirling synths and acoustic guitar with great effect. "True Love" follows a similar formula but is thankfully broken up by some nice guitar touches near the end. "Midnight" is wonderfully dark and Martin's layered vocals carry a haunting vibe. The poppier feel of "Another's Arms" and the Parachutes-esque "Oceans" pick things up a bit, giving way to "A Sky Full of Stars", which seems destined to be the big single from the album. Rolling piano and danceable beats give the album a shot of adrenaline and I can't help thinking the record as a whole could have benefitted from a few more of these moments. The soft closing piano of "O" brings the album full circle and closes it admirably.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lion on May 20, 2014
Format: Audio CD
As singles trickled in for this album I felt kind of indifferent, wondering what Ghost Stories would really be all about. "Magic" can be described descriptively enough as minimalistic with cute lyrics while "Midnight" just sounds like a less successful attempt at something I heard Thrice or Imogen Heap do about 7 years ago. I had read that Ghost Stories was a breakup album and feared the band was breaking up. Nope, just Chris and his partner. Whew. Lucky for me, not so lucky for them. If this was a band breakup album though, it's clear the members have fallen out of love with each other.

After a first listen to all the tracks on the album, I felt duped. What I had listened to left me feeling like I'd put on an hour-long meditation track only to be interrupted mid-Kundalini-awakening for a brief intermission by my little sister showing off the new Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award winning dance-pop hit. Nothing about this album really screams "Coldplay" and those who say it sounds like a Chris Martin solo album are making a fair call. The sound is so watered down and electronically produced, there's little to recognize of the band there. I made a full lap through the album thinking several of the tracks sounded almost the same and that the overall feel was lifeless, bleak, and defeated. I was over it already.

Then I listened to the opening track "Always In My Head" the next day, as that's one of the few songs on the album with enough motion and character to feel it belongs on a record, and as it elapsed and the catchy, harmless "Magic" pulled me through to the next track, I found myself effortlessly listening to the whole album over again.
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