Coldplay's new album Ghost Stories contains almost no compelling musical ideas (except for maybe 3 tracks: "Magic", "Midnight", and uh...if I'm being generous "A Sky Full of Stars), manages to make the breakdown of a relationship sound dull, and is the first Coldplay album I actually regret purchasing (and I have all their albums). Consisting of songs with mostly 2 or 4 chord chord progressions, uninteresting ambient sounds, and a slew of synths and drum machines,* they hardly sound like a cohesive band anymore but instead a synthetic studio production. The main question is this: why was something so sub-standard even released into the world at all?
Other articles on Coldplay:
Why Coldplay Will Never Be a Great Band
Coldplay Produces Shallow Pop Music and I Don't Even Care
[but maybe I'm starting to]
*There is nothing wrong with synth music or drum machines. I love synth music—when it's done well.