Coldplay’s ninth studio album “Music of the Spheres” acts as an ode to space rock, the hypnotic and often distorted sound most often associated with Pink Floyd. But it’s not “Dark Side of the Moon” or “The Wall”. To be frank, “Music of the Spheres” is a messy, confusing and confusing record of generic impulses towards synth-pop, ambient sound and electronics, among other stylistic pretensions.
That’s not to say there aren’t some winning songs on Coldplay’s new LP. Songs like “Humankind” are skyrocketing in the same way we’ve come to expect from Chris Martin and the boys over the years. Brimming with unwavering optimism, “Humankind” is distinguished by Coldplay’s finest anthems – songs like “A Sky Full of Stars” and “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”.
I can already imagine the laser pyrotechnics that will accompany their performance of “Humankind” during the stadium tour next summer. The same could be said for the group’s latest hit “My Universe”, featuring K-Pop sensation BTS.
And then there is “Biutyful”, which should have been the worst schmaltz, to turn out to be really tender and charming. Singing a duet, with a falsetto version of himself, rendered by vocoder, Martin softly coos, “when you love me, love me, love me” to another alien, and all is well with the world.
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Similar levels of majesty are evident on “Coloratura”, the 10-minute opus that closes the LP. The song’s chorus even evokes the sound, if not the structure, of Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage”, the penultimate issue of “Dark Side of the Moon”. It’s an understood nod, of course, from Coldplay to one of their main influences. But what “Coloratura” really emphasizes, aside from the band’s limitless mimicry ability, is their lack of salient vision. “Coloratura” and “Humankind” are really wonderful songs. I’m not sure they belong to the same LP.
To put it more simply: Coldplay has lost its way. “Music of the Spheres” took me back to their early masterpieces – albums like “A Rush of Blood to the Head” and “Viva la Vida”. For these LPs, Martin and the band used their incredible talent for lyrics and melody for a more powerful effect, grappling not only with the buoyancy of light, but also with the despair that dwells in the darkness of the soul. .
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It’s all there in “Clocks”, undoubtedly their most popular live number. In the song, the Coldplay frontman suffers greatly from the “confusion that never stops / Closing walls and ticking clocks”. But even as he longs for relief in the eyes of his beloved, he can’t help but consider his own guilt at the heart of his life: “Am I part of the cure / Or am I?” part of the disease? “
So yes, songs like “Biutyful” have a special place in our musical solar system. But I’ll take the search “Clocks” on “when you love me, love me, love me” any day. So listen to me, Chris Martin: I miss the guy from “The Clocks” a lot. Back in the days when you wondered about your own upset place in the world – when you thought of humanity’s penchant for good and evil – there was much more intellectual gravity in the work of the group. It was music that the universe really needs.
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