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Coldplay Reach for the Stars

Door Marc Zisman |

For their ninth album, "Music of the Spheres", Chris Martin's band makes unstoppable pop with an intergalactic aim.

To say that the Beatles of Love Me Do (1963) don't really resemble the Beatles of Helter Skelter (1968) is a mild understatement. A bit like the Coldplay of Parachutes (2000) and Music of the Spheres (2021). And even more so when Chris Martin declared that he was inspired here by the band in Mos Eisley's bar in Star Wars! An influence that is decidedly quite logical when listening to this ninth album, which is more XXL than ever. Electronic beats, pop choruses ready for the stadiums, catchy melodies, 80's synths, grandiloquent and grandiose production, nothing is missing from this superproduction efficiently put together by Max Martin, THE Swedish master of pop music who has worked for Britney, Katy, Ariana and Taylor.

But in this crazy pyrotechnics display, Coldplay also know how to manage the more intimate sequences like on the ballad Let Somebody Go (co-written with Martin's daughter Apple), sung in duet with Selena Gomez. Other equally popular guests come to play effectively on Music of the Spheres, notably the Koreans from BTS, princes of K-pop (My Universe).

Music of the Spheres closes with Coloratura, a theme of more than ten minutes long, with a strong Pink Floyd influence. This track is built like a rollercoaster with changing rhythms, instrumentation and tempos, with the sky, the stars, and the whole universe in the sights of Chris Martin's band.


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