You’ve probably heard of Coldplay by now, but if not here’s a quick overview of the band: Coldplay is a British indie-rock band consisting of lead vocalist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Johnny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman, and drummer Will Champion. They’ve been thriving in the music world ever since they formed in the late 90’s. With multiple music awards under their belt, including eight Brit Awards, seven Grammy’s, and five MTV Video Music Awards, you could definitely say they’ve earned their spot as one of the top performing musical artists in the world. A Head Full of Dreams is Coldplay’s seventh full-length album and was recently released on Atlantic Records on December 4th of 2015.
Now, I may be biased since Coldplay is one of my favorite bands, but I can truly say this album is magnificent. Not only do they, yet again, change up their sound while still having that original Coldplay feel, but the album manages to bring out feelings from every spectrum of emotions. Whether you’re having one of the sulky, lay-in-bed days, or you’re feeling like you’re at the top of the world, this album has a song to go along with it.
The album starts off with the catchy title track, “A Head Full of Dreams”. Within the first few seconds, I couldn’t help but tap my foot along. It’s one of those songs that just makes you so happy, you wanna drive down a highway with all the windows down and scream it at the top of your lungs. This track almost feels like what the album cover looks like; bursting with color and positive energy.
Next up is “Birds”, another fast-paced, happy and positive song. Chris’ voice comes in soft and quiet, mixing perfectly with the strong, electronic beat backing him up. The lyrics of this song are my favorite part. With lines like, “So start falling in love, start the riot. Come on and rage with me,” and “Come on and raise it, raise this noise for the millions of people who got not one voice,” you can’t help but feel the positivity and hopefulness that the band wanted to portray.
“Hymn For the Weekend” follows immediately after “Birds”, causing the two songs to sort of mix. This track features the ever so talented Beyonce, and lemme tell you, it’s just as amazing as you think it would be. The song starts with her isolated vocals singing the chorus, along with some outdoors-y sounds in the background. This is a classic love song. Chris and Beyonce almost make you believe they’re in the most romantic, adventurous relationship with lyrics like “Life is a drink, and your love’s about to make the stars come out.” Their passion and vocals combined make this fun, catchy song one of my favorites off the album.
Now, this album wouldn’t be Coldplay without one of their signature heart-breaking tunes, which brings me to “Everglow”. With Chris’ voice only being backed by a piano at the beginning, it already gets you in the solemn mood, but definitely in a good way. You could take this song as a breakup or losing a loved one, but either way it’s a go-to for those sad, lonely days. Another solemn track on A Head Full of Dreams is “Fun” which features singer Tove Lo. This is definitely one of the slower songs on the album, but still packs a punch. The combination of Tove Lo’s strong tone and Chris’ much softer and raspy voice flow together effortlessly. Even if you’ve never been through the story Chris and Tove Lo portray, you feel like you have. One line, “But didn’t we have fun? Don’t say it was all a waste,” got me. This could be about any relationship, romantic or not.
But let’s get back to the happy stuff, yeah? The first single off the album and the song that made me want to immediately buy it, “Adventure of a Lifetime” is such a fun tune. I dare you to listen to this and not wanna dance around your room or car. Not to be cheesy, but the title of the song is exactly how it feels to listen to it. All of the beats and melodies and different sound effects give this track the happiest and most positive vibes of any song on the album.
There are two songs on this album, “Kaleidoscope” and “Colour Spectrum” with absolutely no vocals, almost acting as transitions into the following song. “Kaleidoscope” does feature a very short clip of President Barrack Obama singing “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of Reverend Clementa Pickney, and also spoken lines from a poem by the Persian poet Rumi about love and grace. As for “Colour Spectrum” this is completely instrumental, combining an aspect of each song from the album into a 1:00 minute track.
If you love those feel-like-you’re-in-a-movie type songs, then “Army of One” and “Amazing Day” are right up your alley. With lyrics like “Lasso the moon and be standing there beside you right when the storm comes through” and “Oh, thank God, must’ve heard when I prayed, cos’ now I always want to feel this way.” you can’t help but smile and wish the songs were written about you. Those are always my favorite kinds, the ones you can almost escape in and make up a whole story in your head with it. These two tracks definitely add up to a couple of my favorites.
The final song on the album is “Up & Up”, and what a song to end with. With a slower start, the chorus brings almost an orchestra-type feel. Chris’ vocals go from soft and quiet to strong and defined, backed up with a couple other vocalists, also. This is one of the most uplifting songs on A Head Full of Dreams, one line being “When you’re in pain, when you think you’ve had enough, don’t ever give up, don’t ever give up.” These words help more then Chris and the band will ever know. Overall, this album is a masterpiece. Every song has a different feel and sound, while somehow still keeping the familiar Coldplay vibe. Highly recommend going out and giving it a listen!