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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. 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: 56 out of 88
  2. Negative: 11 out of 88
  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. Nov 12, 2018
    10
    First time i'm listen to head full of dreams, i'm thought it's just a waste album.But after few times listens whole album i changed myFirst time i'm listen to head full of dreams, i'm thought it's just a waste album.But after few times listens whole album i changed my mind.Birds and Fun are my most favorite songs from head full of dreams. Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2015
    10
    I've listened to Coldplay since "Yellow" and this is my favorite album since 'X&Y' and second favorite overall. But, this is the type ofI've listened to Coldplay since "Yellow" and this is my favorite album since 'X&Y' and second favorite overall. But, this is the type of Coldplay music I like, slow, ballads, melancholy, pop-ish songs! Expand
  4. Dec 6, 2015
    7
    To appreciate this new Coldplay's album, you must definitely have in mind that the British band evolved a lot since "A Rush Of Blood To TheTo appreciate this new Coldplay's album, you must definitely have in mind that the British band evolved a lot since "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" (to most, their best album to date) and "Parachutes". Following the disappointing 2014 "Ghost Stories", Chris Martin and his friends bring new material to the old and usual one on "A Head Full Of Dreams".

    Yes, some ballads are classic post-"Viva La Vida" Coldplay. Yes, the album doesn't have a lot of outstanding hit records on it. Yes, it might seem at first like everything sounds the same. To be absolutely honest, "A Head Full Of Dreams" isn't very surprising. Coldplay called some guests here and there and none of the collaborations (except maybe one - I'll talk about it later) really bring something to the record. But what makes "A Head Full Of Dreams" a much better album than the previous one is that it is a much more creative one. By adding funk and fun, colorful tones and significant guests (Gwyneth Paltrow, Barack Obama, Noel Gallagher ...) to their usual artistry, the band offers something really joyful and refreshing to their fans. Something you'll like to listen to for the next few months.

    The ballads "Amazing Days" and "Everglow" are typical from Coldplay but they prove that the magic still works. The emotional track "Army Of One" is the perfect indie pop song you'd expect from the band. The only real surprise might be the Beyoncé-assisted "Hymn For The Weekend", the proof that once in while Coldplay can create an unexpected and potentially successful hit record. On a "A Head Full Of Dreams", it is an unique and uplifting party anthem.

    So yes, "A Head Full Of Dreams" is an unsurprising album, and it will definitely be a huge disappointment to those still hoping for "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" 2.0, but Coldplay still manage to find some ways to be creative, and even though this creativity may seem minimal on most songs, it is obvious on some others - the best songs of the albums, and the few ones we'll remember.

    This is clearly not a good "final" album, but something tells me it's not, so let's get to the facts : it's a very enjoyable and fun record. If you're a Coldplay fan or you just enjoy listening to colorful indie music, "A Head Full Of Dreams" will be the perfect album for your winter 2015-2016. But if you expect something musically outstanding and complex, you truly should forget Coldplay's name one and for all.
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  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. Apr 4, 2016
    6
    As the Neon patterns and funky images on the album cover should tell you, this is not the same Coldplay that produced 'Viva la Vida' or 'GhostAs the Neon patterns and funky images on the album cover should tell you, this is not the same Coldplay that produced 'Viva la Vida' or 'Ghost Stories'. This is a new Coldplay; and one I don't particularly like.

    Most of the songs are just too long and plain not as good as older albums. The bouncy, electronic disaster kicks off with 'A Head Full of Dreams' featuring overpowering electronic riffs and wishy-washy lyrics. 'Hymn for the Weekend' (Disregarding the worthless first 33 seconds) brings a catchy tune and lyrics, although the overpowering bass is back.

    Up&Up has to be the saving grace for the album and the only song I would choose to listen to from start to finish. Featuring well-put together lyrics and a good tune, in this song Coldplay is back to their iconic alt-rock routes.
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  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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