REVIEW: GHOST STORIES
By: Nana Zuke
It is very rare for an artist or a band to just let go and show the world how vulnerable they are. That is exactly what Ghost Stories is about.
The album is a fifth studio production from British rock band Coldplay. This one is very different from their previous project. Ghost Stories is personal and draws you in. It talks about love and loss. How even though loved ones have been lost, there is always hope to regain or get back what has been lost.
Most people can relate to this album because we all have lost someone at some point in our lives. Their lead singer Chris Martin split with his wife and uses music to tell the world how he cannot do without his one true love.
“The idea of Ghost Stories for me was “how do you let the things that happen to you in the past – your ghosts –affect your present and your future? Because there was a time when I was feeling like they were going to drag me down and ruin my life and the lives of those around me,” said Chris Martin.
Songs like “Always In My Head” talks about he couldn’t sleep thinking about the person he loved, he goes on to say “this I guess is to tell you that you’re chosen from the rest”, which is beautiful. Rock bands hardly ever show weakness or vulnerability that’s why this album is so refreshing, showing a different side to Coldplay.
“Magic” talks about how he felt when he was with the one he loves, saying that he does not want anyone else but her. Chris calls the love they shared magic. There is a line in the song that says “if you were to ask after all we’ve been though, if I still believe in magic? Yes I do”.
The album revolves around the theme opening up to love and accepting that it does not last forever. The album was recorded from 2012 to 2014 by the band in London and features renowned producers such as Timberland and
Madeon. What makes this project special is the fact that all the band members contributed and wrote songs together with Martin who usually writes all the material.
Four singles released to promote the album are: Magic, Midnight, A sky full of stars and Truelove. All these singles are still current on most radio stations playlist. Overall the album itself has been well received. Fans write up statuses about it on social networks.
“I think it’s the most personal and meaningful album Coldplay has put out, the songs were well written and overall great,” said Toby Ncube, a fan.
This is a great album for people who are still getting used to life without their better half, for those picking up the pieces and those just seeking closure. It’s like going to a support group that’s going to know exactly what one is going through, except the group is a band.
For good music lovers in general this is perfect and sincere a definite must have in your album collection.