A Head Full Of Dreams

Coldplay was / is a guilty pleasure. While I will admit to some friends that I enjoy their music and will occasionally shed a manly tear when I hear “Fix You” on the radio, and yet there are some people that I wouldn’t even think about mentioning it too. Though, deep inside, I would like to think that we all have a soft spot for Coldplay. I was first introduced to the band with A Rush Of Blood To The Head. Admittedly, “Clocks” was overplayed on terrestrial radio, but it was the other cuts like “Politik” on the album that grew on me.

When attending the Metallica show earlier this year with wife and friend Chelly, we saw that Coldplay was coming to town. Chelly noted that she’d seen Coldplay more times than she was willing to admit. Turns out that magic number is 7.

Randomly and at a later date, wife asked me if I wanted to go and see Coldplay at CenturyLink Field. Working in retail, knowing your schedule that far in advance is something of a mystery.  That was the excuse that I used to kinda play off the coolness factor, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to go. The biggest reason would be the fact that Coldplay is a global band. Much like seeing Pearl Jam at Key Arena, the crowds are just different. Hard to describe, but there is something about going to a show and seeing banners with different languages on them only able to distinguish the band’s name. Or seeing flags from many different countries. Another reason I wanted to see Coldplay live is that I have the sneaking suspicion they put on a great show.

Whenever I have seen Chris Martin perform on TV he always looks like he is having a blast. Like he’s genuinely having a good time and wants you have a good time as well. This was evident whether it was appearing on an episode of “Carpool Karaoke” on The Late Late Show with James Corden or The Graham Norton Show where he sat behind a piano and played solo for the audience.

Flashback to work the other day and Chelly had said something about the tickets costing $45 and she had been thinking about it. Admittedly, I was thinking about it too. Not in the essence of a crazed fan, but more of a “I don’t think I want to miss out on this experience” kind of way. I wasn’t begrudging seeing Coldplay live, I am actually looking forward to it.

I haven’t had the Colplay catalog at the top of any of my playlists in a long time, so I picked up A Head Full Of Dreams and the accompanying Kaleidescope EP to get caught up. Before I dropped them into iTunes, Chelly had warned me about some of the YouTube comments about this album sounding different from the others. Quite frankly, I would hope so…if each album sounds the same then I don’t think I would be so inclined to pick up the next one if I thought that it would be more of the same stuff that I heard before.

True to Coldplay fashion, A Head Full Of Dreams sounds the same, but different. It has the pop sensibilities of things we heard on A Rush Of Blood To The Head but it’s almost as if when they finished recording the album they said, “OK, that was great. Let’s do the same thing again but take it in a new direction this time.”

1.A Head Full Of DreamsColdplay3:44
3.Hymn For The WeekendColdplay4:19
5.Adventure Of A LifetimeColdplay4:24
6.FunColdplay (feat. Tove Lo)4:28
8.Army Of One / X Marks The SpotColdplay6:17
9.Amazing DayColdplay4:31
10.Colour SpectrumColdplay1:00