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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the British alternative rock band was produced by Rik Simpson and Stargate with guest appearances from Beyoncé, Merry Clayton, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Annabelle Wallis.
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  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Genre(s): Britpop, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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Top Track

Hymn for the Weekend
Drink from me, drink from me (oh-ah) Shoot across the sky (pour on a symphony) So high, so high (you said) That we shoot across the sky Drink from... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Q Magazine
    Dec 9, 2015
    80
    This warm and busy album pursues pop as a democratic ideal. The uplift isn't subtle--the tracklisting looks like something you'd come up with after a wrap of MDMA-- but it's infectious. [Jan 2016, p.110]
  2. 70
    Blissful even at its most bittersweet, it’s an album on which three songs make lyrical references to diamonds--as in, “We are diamonds”--and every surface contentedly gleams.... Mr. Martin, who has rediscovered the radiant properties of his voice, gilds a lot of lyrical treacle and borderline nonsense here.
  3. Dec 7, 2015
    70
    More than any previous Coldplay release, A Head Full of Dreams sounds like a pop record; the band has never been catchier.
  4. 60
    Throughout, the band’s big, bittersweet sound is, as ever, wonderfully immersive: whalesong cycles of electric guitar echoing through a buoyant soup of synths that sound both pleasant and forgettable.
  5. Dec 2, 2015
    55
    The majority of the track list is made up of songs that run far too long, have beyond cringe worthy concepts and lyrics (see: the attempt at love struck club banger, complete with Beyoncé, on 'Hymn For The Weekend') or simply sound too unoriginal to stand out from the others.
  6. Dec 4, 2015
    50
    No matter how overblown or nonsensical Coldplay have progressively gotten since 2002’s watermark A Rush of Blood to the Head, as long as they deliver one gobsmacking single per album, they’re kings--and rightfully so. That’s how you build a career. A Head Full of Dreams follows suit with first single “Adventure of a Lifetime”.
  7. Dec 11, 2015
    20
    Coldplay's seventh album A Head Full of Dreams is insufferably bland at best and downright offensive at worst.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 93
  2. Negative: 11 out of 93
  1. Dec 4, 2015
    10
    Now it is established: even if Coldplay come up with Sgt Peppers, critics will still hate them. Their lyrics are deeply scrutinized and theirNow it is established: even if Coldplay come up with Sgt Peppers, critics will still hate them. Their lyrics are deeply scrutinized and their attempt at reinventing themselves on every album is seen as aping other bands. By contrast they go gaga over Taylor Swift. Oasis were forgiven through the biggest bad-album streak in history yet Coldplay, a band whose worst album IMHO (Mylo Xyloto) is still leagues better than the rest, are never given a chance. Good thing the general public disagrees. I can't praise this album enough; have a feeling in a few years time this will be regarded as one of the great albums. Neatly bookended by the title track (a track that reminds one of U2's triumphant start to The Unforgettable Fire, A Sort of Homecoming) and the closing track Up and Up, which is haunting, glorious, epic, and melacholy at the same time (with nothing less than a gleaming guitar solo from former scoffer Gallagher), and containing unexpected, shimmering melodies in between, this album works for anyone, Coldplay fan or not. So my message is: NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS, give this album a listen and you will love it. Guaranteed Expand
  2. Sep 14, 2019
    10
    Coldplay and I is I is I is I a masterpiece lot of to the get go on a trip to down the and я ну ну раноше раньше было все равно в час иColdplay and I is I is I is I a masterpiece lot of to the get go on a trip to down the and я ну ну раноше раньше было все равно в час и
  3. Dec 8, 2015
    10
    It's Coldplay, music turns into magic. What's so incredible about them is, they've never dono anything like the albuns before, such asIt's Coldplay, music turns into magic. What's so incredible about them is, they've never dono anything like the albuns before, such as Parachutes, Viva La Vida. It's pretty much a journey where they can print their own mark into anything. I'm glad Coldplay's still around. Expand
  4. Dec 7, 2015
    7
    Sounds nice from front to back. A good companion album for Ghost Stories which I also really enjoyed. The album actually does a nice job ofSounds nice from front to back. A good companion album for Ghost Stories which I also really enjoyed. The album actually does a nice job of sounding a little bit like all of Coldplay's previous soundscapes in different parts. Not disappointed at all. Expand
  5. Jan 6, 2016
    7
    It is a more lighthearted album that is mostly forgettable. But there are a couple of songs that are good. One is the song "Hymn For TheIt is a more lighthearted album that is mostly forgettable. But there are a couple of songs that are good. One is the song "Hymn For The Weekend", which in my opinion is the best song on the album. Other songs that are good are "Adventure Of A Lifetime", "Army Of One" and "Everglow". "Up&Up" and the title song "A Head Full Of dreams" are alright but feel like they are a bit rushed. The rest of the songs are bland and not very good, like they are just there to fill the gaps to make a full album.

    In the end the album is alright, but could have been better, they should have taken more time to add better songs to make this album great. However the few songs that are good make up for the bad ones.
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  6. Feb 26, 2017
    6
    It's fun at first, but then after a while you realize it's just another pop piece thrown into the mix of endless albums that want people toIt's fun at first, but then after a while you realize it's just another pop piece thrown into the mix of endless albums that want people to like them just because they sound hip. Coldplay is milking money now, and has lost its original flare that everyone grew to love with its first three LPs. Everglow is about the only song I'd recommend adding to any playlist, it's about the closest you'll get to coldplay in this coldplay album. Expand
  7. Oct 25, 2016
    0
    Remember how Coldplay was a manly, guilty pleasure you didn't have to be ashamed of? That time is gone. This experimenting genre they're goingRemember how Coldplay was a manly, guilty pleasure you didn't have to be ashamed of? That time is gone. This experimenting genre they're going through at the moment is ridiculous. Mylo Xyloto was already pushing the boundaries but was still musically and lyrically solid. This album is just **** Adventure of a Lifetime is a disappointing song coming from Coldplay, if it was from a more unknown band I would have liked it, but the bar is set higher for Coldplay. Even collaborating with Noel Gallagher in Up&Up couldn't save this album. Please, if you do make another album make a similar album to the first 5 albums. Expand

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