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  • Summary: The five-track EP from the British alternative rock band features collaborations with Big Sean and The Chainsmokers.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 80
    These five tracks climax with ‘Hypnotised’, a solemn country swooner resembling John Lennon’s ‘Mother’, easily their best barnstorming ballad since ‘Fix You’. It’s heartening evidence that Coldplay haven’t entirely been sucked into the machinery while trying to subvert pop music from within.
  2. Jul 21, 2017
    70
    Within these five tracks, Coldplay touch upon various contemporary trends in EDM, R&B, and rock without abandoning their identity, and thereby they are fleet and clever, not relics.
  3. Jul 26, 2017
    70
    Titled after a soothing interlude from the band's 2015 LP, A Head Full of Dreams, this five-song EP continues that album's mood of tranquil satisfaction.
  4. Aug 3, 2017
    60
    This EP is nothing but on-brand, however; euphoric emotion, an earnest, universal message and a coating of tacky charm.
  5. Jul 18, 2017
    58
    Kaleidoscope isn’t going to kickstart Coldplay’s critical reappraisal, nor does it deserve to. But it rewards those of us who’ve stuck around with a few songs that capture the band at its best.
  6. Jul 21, 2017
    50
    There’s no story to be told, just a small collection of tunes, some of which work beautifully, some of which fall utterly flat.
  7. Jul 18, 2017
    10
    The release’s awkward format and patronizing presentation are among the least of its poor qualities: Even for the heads, Kaleidoscope offers very little not already heard elsewhere. ... In addition to the previously mentioned Chainsmokers pair-up, there is the very ungainly Big Sean feature “Miracles (Something Special),” which, wearing more than a few embarrassing, auto-generated reverential name-drops.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Jul 26, 2017
    10
    The EP is a true roller coaster of emotions, a beautiful complement of a head Full of Dreams (2015). But in the wrong way of other reviews, weThe EP is a true roller coaster of emotions, a beautiful complement of a head Full of Dreams (2015). But in the wrong way of other reviews, we must understand that Kaleidoscope is not a bad EP, it is simply an EP that understands its boundaries, but it makes it beautiful with the little it has. Expand
  2. Jul 18, 2017
    10
    Amazing EP,

    Best track : All i Can Think About Is You. A L I E N S and All I Can Think About Is You are one of best Coldplay tracks.
    Amazing EP,

    Best track : All i Can Think About Is You.

    A L I E N S and All I Can Think About Is You are one of best Coldplay tracks. Like old Coldplay.

    Miracles (Someone Special): They're featured with Big Sean. This collaboration is better than another track Something Just Like This

    Something Just Like This (Tokyo Remix) : This is not original Something Just Like This. This is live version of Something Just Like This. Original song is too much from The Chainsmokers. In this version Coldplay owned this song by own performance, fans, audience.

    Hypnotised: Another masterpiece track. EP mix has included opening intro. Feeling relaxing.
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  3. Jul 24, 2017
    10
    excited for their next sound all/5 /5. I love how they are mixing the old complay with the new coldplay. It sounds refreshing yet similar atexcited for their next sound all/5 /5. I love how they are mixing the old complay with the new coldplay. It sounds refreshing yet similar at the same time. They need to explore more of a new fresh sound yet still sound like the coldlplay we all love Expand
  4. Aug 4, 2017
    8
    This is their best release since Viva La Vida. Pity it's just five songs. Best track: All I Can Think About Is You, Miracles (Someone Special)This is their best release since Viva La Vida. Pity it's just five songs. Best track: All I Can Think About Is You, Miracles (Someone Special) Worst: Something Just Like This. Expand
  5. Aug 15, 2017
    8
    oito. 4 por A L I E N S e 4 por All I Can Think About is You. Essa colaboração com the bostasmokers não devia existir. muito ruim. Podia teroito. 4 por A L I E N S e 4 por All I Can Think About is You. Essa colaboração com the bostasmokers não devia existir. muito ruim. Podia ter colocado outra melhor no lugar. Expand
  6. Dec 10, 2017
    6
    This EP is really more of a B-sides compilation than an album experience, much like the Prospekt's March EP for Viva La Vida. And while thatThis EP is really more of a B-sides compilation than an album experience, much like the Prospekt's March EP for Viva La Vida. And while that doesn't sound super appealing, this actually isn't half bad. In fact dare I say it's better than the album this is an extension of, A Head Full of Dreams. While that album was weighed down by banal and safe compositions and the band trying to keep up with the times, Kaleidoscope feels like an experiment of the band's sound with modern pop and dance sounds. There are two fantastic songs here. A L I E N S is this pretty weird but catchy mix of psychedelia and dance music that's really fun, and the opener All I Can Think About is You, is a pretty lovely ballad that is reminiscent of early Coldplay, particularly A Rush of Blood to the Head-era Coldplay. Even the weaker songs here have good ideas. Miracles has a very lovely arrangement and Chris Martin sounds great on here, or at least more than Big Sean. Something Just Like This is an alright live cut and does let the rest of the band breath than being strangled by the Chainsmokers EDM clunkers, which is still rather prevalent on this live track unfortunately. And Hypnotized is like a mix of Ghost Stories-era and Mylo Xyloto-era that's actually not half bad. This EP isn't much of an essential unless you are a hardcore Coldplay fan, but if you were left disappointed from Head Full of Dreams, you might not like it, but it is worth checking out, I would say. If only for two great songs! Expand
  7. Jul 20, 2017
    2
    coldplay - kaleidoscope ep
    mini review
    coldplay is improving all i can think about is you: 2/10 what are you saying miracles: 4/10 big
    coldplay - kaleidoscope ep
    mini review

    coldplay is improving

    all i can think about is you: 2/10 what are you saying
    miracles: 4/10 big sean is ok but didn't fit
    A L I E N S: 2.5/10 umm...
    something just like this tokyo remix: 3.5/10 the original but slightly worse
    hypnotized - ep mix: 2/10 6:31 long

    best: um...
    worst: all i can think about is you, hypnotized, A L I E N S, something just like this tokyo remix

    mid to strong 2

    never mind
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