Coldplay crosses threshold with ‘A Head Full of Dreams’

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By Lauren Smith

During lunch, Nadia Boeckh, sophomore, listens to Coldplay’s new album. Photo by Lauren Smith
During lunch, Nadia Boeckh, sophomore, listens to Coldplay’s new album. Photo by Lauren Smith

The British rock band, Coldplay, released their seventh studio album providing the music scene with new upbeat and personal tracks. Vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland have lead the band since the group formed in 1996 at University College London. The quartet has been one of the most popular rock bands for the past 15 years.

The band has had great success with their previous albums, and their new album, “A Head Full of Dreams,” is no exception.  The summer anthem of 2008, “Viva La Vida,” landed the British ensemble a permanent residence on the record charts worldwide. The music video for the group’s 2011 hit, “Paradise” has over 450 million views on Youtube. Coldplay’s EP for their new album, “Adventure of a Lifetime,” sits at number nine on the iTunes singles charts.

The album features collaborations with popular artists, adding much needed depth to their tracks. Beyonce vocalized for the euphoric track “Hymn for the Weekend.” “Up&Up” features a guitar solo by Noel Gallagher, and pop-sensation Tove Lo sings along with the band in “Fun,” a reminiscent love ballad. The most intriguing artist on Coldplay’s album, however, is Barack Obama. He actually sings in the hymn “Kaleidoscope,” and it’s not horrible.

The colorful theme of the album features upbeat, pop tunes that make you want to get up and dance. Listening to the album is an experience that fills listeners with energy. My personal favorite, “Everglow” is beautifully inspired by past love. Every song is perfectly executed. Serene melodies and impactful ballads add value to the album. It is easy to sense the central message of the album- you can find love and happiness after heartbreak.

“A Head Full of Dreams” is an uplifting album that crosses the threshold of alternative and rock. The band has totally transformed their sound in the past decade, and fans can grow with the band and continue to support the evolution of Coldplay. The band is scheduled to play the halftime show at the Super Bowl in 2016. The future looks bright for Coldplay, and it’s only up from here for the band.