First Impression: Coldplay, 'Music of the Spheres'

The highly anticipated, unearthly, album has finally touched down
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Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres, the band’s ninth studio album, is an extension of Chris Martin’s own euphoria packaged into 12 tracks containing messages from a higher power.

After what feels like unending drudgery since March 2020, the new pop-rock album aims to refuse pain, looking towards the heavens for answers of hope, possibility, and love… ultimately calling on “Humankind” to pave the way to a new, kinder world.

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Infused with eighties synth pangs and vocal modulations, Martin emerges as a heroic figure, using his up-tempo melodies and vibrant lyricism almost as if to save us from ourselves.

Coldplay’s collaboration with the supergroup, BTS, “My Universe,” is a cosmic love song, chock-full of aspirational sentiments about love being the anecdote to all that is wrong. “My Universe,” asks us to think about finding a love so great, that worries, troubles, struggles, and pain simply peter out into the ethos.

The interstellar, rhythmic journey with Coldplay certainly does not lack beauty, in fact, it paints a heavenly picture of what the stars might sound like when dancing in the sky.

On "Let Somebody Go," Coldplay's track featuring Selena Gomez, there is a serious emotional punch that comes with the lyrics. When Gomez sings, "I called the mathematicians and I asked them to explain/ They said love is only equal to the pain" our hearts wretch, but we are quickly brought back to the celestial beauty that gushes from the song's unraveling piano melody.

On “Coloratura,” Martin sings, “In the end, it’s all about the love you’re sending out,” which we wholeheartedly believe is true, especially in this moment in time when we are all in search of healing.

Music of the Spheres is masterfully produced and allows fans to wrap their heads around what space might actually sound like if it was mixed and in a Hollywood studio. Check out the full tracklisting below.

Coldplay - Music of the Spheres

Higher Power

Let Somebody Go
People Of The Pride
My Universe

Upon the release of their ninth record, Coldplay announced that they plan to only make three more studio albums. Speaking to NME, Martin explained that the band will stop making studio albums once they’ve recorded their twelfth album.

He explained, “We’re going to make 12 albums. Because it’s a lot to pour everything into making them. I love it and it’s amazing, but it’s very intense too. I feel like because I know that challenge is finite, making this music doesn’t feel difficult, it feels like, ‘This is what we’re supposed to be doing’.”

The Coldplay frontman was definite in his answer about stopping production on studio albums after reaching a dozen, saying, “I know that’s what we’ll do in terms of studio albums.”

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