Coldplay: Ghost Stories - album review

Surely Chris Martin's 'unconscious coupling' should haunt more than this?

Ghost Stories
Sad though any divorce is, it’s reasonable for music fans to hope that heartbreak might inspire greatness. Dylan, Lennon, Gaye and Fleetwood Mac, to name just a few, all turned splits into hits. Yet, on an awkward, unremarkable missed opportunity of a record, Chris Martin has soundtracked his ‘conscious uncoupling’ wife Gwyneth Paltrow the way he would a car advert. Weighing in at a scant 40 minutes, the tone of Ghost Stories is electronic and plodding, not guitary and surging. Given the column inches devoted to the death of his marriage, it’s impossible to hear lines like ‘All I know, is that I love you so’ and not wonder if he’s specifically talking about the star of Iron Man 3 or not. The only person who’ll be haunted by Ghost Stories is Martin himself – for failing to let heartbreak inspire him to, well, just say something at last.
Oliver Keens

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