Pain there for all to hear... but still a good listen

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Coldplay – Ghost Stories 7/10

This album of sparse, melancholy love songs actually leaves the listener feeling quiet sorry for lead singer Chris Martin, who as we all know has just suffered the agony of a marriage break-up with Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow.

From simple opener Magic to the gentle piano ballad ‘O’ that closes the album, his angst is there for all to hear.

But that does not mean Coldplay’s sixth consecutive number one album is a depressing listen by any means.

Hit single Magic is as catchy as anything they’ve ever done and track three Ink is the boys continuing on the winning formula that has kept them at the top of their game for over a decade.

They’re never going to be one of the most groundbreaking British groups but their ability to write songs that stick in your head never seems to diminish.

True Love is a real heartbreaker with Martin pleading: “Tell me you love me... if you don’t then lie to me.” The haunting guitar at the end of this track is beautiful.

Midnight, Another’s Arm and Oceans make the middle of the alarm a little dreary, but then they bounce back with the wonderful top ten hit A Sky Full Of Stars.

It starts with ironic wedding bells and ends with an emphatic keyboard beat that wouldn’t sound out of date in a club.

Jeremy Ransome