Coldplay – Ghost Stories

From one conscious uncoupling to another, this is a good break-up album – it’s just a pity that they sound less like a band than ever before.

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Coldplay – Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (2008)

What’s going on, here, then? For once, a Coldplay album has left me feeling curious, rather than emotionally drained, bruised, bored, or weepy (delete as applicable.) I want to explore it more, and delve into its sonic pockets, decipher the rather abstract lyrics and work out what it’s all about. Apart from ‘Violet Hill’, there’s nothing here that’ll spawn a number one, although ‘Yes’ will lift hundreds of thousands of concert goers into the stratosphere.