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A Brief History of Coldplay by JWH98

Posted by JWH98 from Cardiff - Published on 10/12/2015 at 12:01
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Coldplay's seventh album, A Head Full of Dreams was released in the UK on December 4th. To mark its release, Entertainment correspondent, JWH98, provides us with a condensed history of one of the greatest British bands of all time.

Coldplay are, undoubtedly, one of the most successful British bands ever to grace this planet. Formed seventeen years ago by chief songwriter and frontman, Chris Martin after forming friendships with guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion, they emerged onto the popular music scene two years later when the new millennium dawned with their sparkling, heartfelt debut album titled Parachutes. This spawned two well-known singles, Yellow and Trouble, which propelled the band to the forefront of the British music industry. 2002 brought their acclaimed sophomore effort, A Rush of Blood to the Head; personally my favourite of their albums - this album contained immensely popular singles such as the piano-driven Clocks, catchy God Put A Smile Upon Your Face and the moody In My Place. X&Y followed in 2005, continuing the well-received formula found in Rush of Blood...and proved to be yet another commercial success for the band. Three years later, a concept album called Viva La Vida or, Death and All His Friends was released, receiving rather mixed reviews compared to its predecessors. It focused on the subjects of war, the supernatural and death. Nonetheless, it did contain one of Coldplay's greatest hits: the appropriately named Viva La Vida topped charts across the globe and the album still managed to enter the UK album chart in peak position, despite its polarising reception.

September 2011 witnessed the release of the bands fifth album, the electronic-pop influenced and conceptual Mylo Xyloto. Three singles from this album became very successful: Paradise reached number one soon after it debuted on British radio stations and Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall was played somewhat excessively on the airwaves, along with Princess of China, a duet between Chris Martin and Barbados pop sensation Rihanna. Following their lead singer's publicised divorce from wife and actress, Gwyneth Paltrow, Coldplay released the atmospheric Ghost Stories in May 2014. Magic, True Love and A Sky Full of Stars (the latter being produced by Avicii) were all praised for their lyrical content and melodies. However, some critics found the album too downbeat and slow-paced but others liked its more sombre, darker tone [me included]. It has been hinted by Martin that A Head Full of Dreams, brought out earlier this month, could be the band's final album - as a dedicated fan of them, I sincerely hope this isn't the case! You shall have to read my separate review covering A Head Full of Dreams to discover my verdict on this album.

To conclude, I hope that Coldplay remain as a band in the near future. Inevitably, though, I'm adamant they will take a hiatus after their world tour promoting A Head Full of Dreams throughout next year as they have been around for a while, either recording new material in the studio or touring around the globe. If they do decide to split up when the time suits them, I'm hopeful that they will return with a reunion tour in the next decade or so: then I can actually be mesmerised by watching them live for myself (I've unfortunately missed out on attending one of their eagerly anticipated concerts at Wembley Stadium next June due to being unaware of how quickly those tickets would actually sell out!)...

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simdude101 (correspondent)

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Commented 5 months ago - 13th December 2015 - 17:31pm

To be honest, Ghost Stories was a let down. It became far to pop influenced, as though Coldplay were trying to fit in with the more popular (at least with the youth) groups and singers. A head full of dreams has redeemed them in my mind however.

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