Whether you’re missing out on Coldplay’s original rock roots, enjoying their new pop anthems, or just don’t care about the British band, there’s something for everyone on their new album ‘Music of the Spheres’. Released on October 15, the 12-track album brings together ’80s synthesizers, daring guitar riffs and melodic harmonies to create an album that sounds like another world.
While the album’s theme centers around the vast cosmos, “Music of the Spheres” is about humanity and oneness, and the album’s uplifting lyrics are a refreshing light in the darkness of the world. last year and a half. Following the opening instrumental track, “Higher Power”, the album’s first single and a synth-pop anthem. An obvious choice for the album’s lead single, “Higher Power” introduces the album’s positive theme with synths and bright lyrics like “This joy is electric and you run through / I’m so happy I’m alive / Happy I live at the same time as you.
After “Higher Power” comes one of the strongest tracks on the album, “Humankind”. Like ‘Higher Power’, ’80s synths add to the melody of the guitar and the fast beat of the drums to create an addicting melody. Chris Martin shows off his vocal abilities during the catchy chorus and ends the song with his signature positivity and plays to the words “But we are capable of kindness / So they call us humanity.”
A Coldplay album wouldn’t be complete without a soulful and heartbreaking song. But even “Let Somebody Go” starring Selena Gomez manages to cast the loss of a loved one in a healing light. The exhilarating quality of this ballad is how the voices of Gomez and Martin harmonize and blend together. The slow track takes to another level as it picks up during the bridge as the duo sing about how important it is to tell the person you love that you love them. Although Gomez is often criticized for her vocal chops, this lovely melody allows her unique voice to shine.
If you thought the harmonies of “Let Somebody Go” were pretty, you are not prepared for the ethereal sound of the next track, “Human Heart” with We Are KING and Jacob Collier. The song criticizes gender stereotypes as the first verse begins as Martin and Collier harmonize beautifully, “Boys, boys don’t cry / Boys keep everything inside.” It is when Paris and Amber Strother of We Are KING begin the second verse that the song takes on another dimension. The final chorus of the four voices is so complex and emotional that an instrumental accompaniment, absent from the whole song, is not even missed.
With a change of rhythm and guitar riff to satisfy all OG Coldplay stans, “People of the Pride” is the most classic rock song on the album. With heavy guitars and lyrics like “We’ll all be free to fall in love / Whoever we want”, “People of the Pride” criticizes powerful men who oppress others. Although the lyrics have been reused from 2008, phrases like “There is a man who swears he is God / Unbelievers will be slaughtered”, fit perfectly into today’s political climate. Martin once again shows off his impressive vocal range during the song’s thrilling climax.
While there were a lot of hits on the album, not all tracks would qualify. While the ninth track, a 20-second musical interlude, is hardly worth mentioning, the eighth track, “Biutyful”, also misses the mark. The song features an accentuated edition of Martin’s voice that is difficult to listen to unless it harmonizes with Martin’s unedited voice. The lyrics are pleasant, but hard to remember when the strangeness of the voice is at the forefront of the song.
To make up for tracks eight and nine comes “My Universe,” the third single and one of the album’s gems. With the sensational Korean group BTS, “My Universe” is a quintessential pop anthem. Although featured on the song Coldplay, BTS sings in Korean as well as English, and Martin was keen to learn Korean lyrics for live shows. “My Universe” reintroduces the feeling of oneness with lyrics like “We are made of each other”, and in the behind the scenes images of making the song, Martin said the partnership with BTS, which is not from the West, was really important to him.
“The song is about how the power of love transcends all things: boundaries, rules, genders, races and all sexualities,” said Martin. “If you look at the people right now who are divided by a border or who can’t be together, that’s what the song is about. About the fact that nothing can really stop people from loving each other.
The last track, “Coloratura”, which was released as a second single, is perhaps the most Coldplay-sounding track on the album, despite being 10 minutes long. While a 10-minute song might deter many people from listening, the song really takes the listener on a journey. With one of the group’s pretty classic piano riffs leading to the harps and then to the first verse, the melody begins soft and simple. In music, a coloratura is an elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody, and “Coloratura” lives up to the definition in the rest of the piece with Martin’s vocals and beautiful piano and guitar riffs.
Coldplay’s “Music of the Spheres” is similar to previous albums “A Head Full of Dreams” and “Mylo Xyloto” in some ways with its pop influences, but also brings a new sound to the band. With pop, rock, ballad and a cappella tracks, there is a song for everyone on “Music of the Spheres”. The general feeling of oneness that the album imbues is more necessary than ever, and the message displayed in the Video of the lyrics of “My universe”, “We are all one in the universe,” rings true.