COLDPLAY — „Music Of The Spheres“ (15th Oct., 2021)

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↓↑ Lyrická pozitivita a melodická předvídatelnost alba by měla v současném klimatu dobře létat kolem Země. V nedávném rozhovoru Chris Martin označil písně jako „malé kapky nepoznatelného zázraku“. Po krátkém vpádu do temnějších témat pro každodenní život roku 2019 se frontman skupiny Coldplay pevně vrátil k zázračnému podniku. Velkorysí fanoušci arén natáhli svou známou marku pop~and~awee až na numero 11 novým albem „Music Of The Spheres“.
↓↑ Za pomoci režiséra superhvězd Dave Meyerse, který také režíroval video „Higher Power“ — je klip „My Universe“ zasazen do vzdálené galaxie The Spheres, kde je hudba zakázána, ale BTS, Coldplay a mimozemská superskupina s názvem Supernova 7 se spojují přes hologram, aby vzdorovali zákazu…
↓↑ Coldplay nás posílá na oběžnou dráhu se svým albem „Music Of The Spheres“! Tento nový mezihvězdný projekt, vedený hitem „My Universe“ s korejskou skupinou BTS opět dokazuje talent britského kvarteta vytvářet pop~rock music, vytvořenou jak ze sjednocujících hymnusů, tak z dojemných balad.
↓↑ Ve snaze zajistit, aby bylo turné co nejvíce udržitelné, skupina oznámila, že všechny show budou poháněny 100% obnovitelnou energií, přičemž se zavázala snížit emise z turné o 50% z celosvětového turné skupiny 2016~17 a zasadit jeden strom za každý prodaný lístek. Podle zprávy bude každé místo vybaveno solárními zařízeními a dalšími obnovitelnými zdroji energie, včetně odpadního kuchyňského oleje a podlahy kinetického stadionu s kinetickými koly poháněnými fanoušky, které budou ukládat energii do vůbec první mobilní dobíjecí show baterie. Coldplay také povzbuzuje fanoušky, aby využívali nízkouhlíkovou dopravu na a ze show prostřednictvím oficiální aplikace pro turné a odměňuje ty, kteří to dělají, se slevou v místech konání, kromě toho, že zajišťuje, že veškerý obchod je získáván udržitelně a eticky. Na každém místě bude také k dispozici bezplatná pitná voda a úsilí o odstranění plastových lahví; kliknutím sem zobrazíte úplný seznam cílů udržitelnosti: https://sustainability.coldplay.com/
↓↑  V prohlášení kapela uvedla: „Živé hraní a hledání spojení s lidmi je nakonec důvod, proč existujeme jako kapela. Toto turné jsme plánovali roky a jsme nadšeni, že můžeme hrát písně z celého našeho společného času. Současně jsme si velmi dobře vědomi toho, že planeta čelí klimatické krizi. Poslední dva roky jsme proto konzultovali s odborníky na životní prostředí, aby tato cesta byla co nejudržitelnější, a co je nejdůležitější, využili potenciál turné posunout věci vpřed. Nedosahujeme všechno úplně správně, ale jsme odhodláni udělat vše, co je v našich silách a sdílet to, co se naučíme. Je to nedokončená práce a jsme opravdu vděční za pomoc, kterou jsme měli zatím. Pokud byste chtěli přijít na show a zazpívat si s námi, budeme rádi, že vás vidíme.“Coldplay
Prize: €72,00
Location: London, England
Album release: 15th Oct., 2021
Record Label: Parlophone/Atlantic
Duration:     41:58
Tracks:
01.  .   0:53
02. HIGHER POWER   3:31
03. HUMANKIND   4:27
04. ....   0:53
05. LET SOMEBODY GO (with Selena Gomez)   4:02   
06. ... ... (with We Are King and Jacob Collier)   3:09
07. PEOPLE OF THE PRIDE   3:37
08. BIUTYFUL   3:12
09. ... ... ...   0:21
10. MY UNIVERSE (with BTS)   3:48
11. .. .. .. .. .. . 3:46   
12. COLORATURA   10:19
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Music of the Spheres Review by Neil Z. Yeung ⇑ Score: ★★★★
⊕⇑⊗  Transmitting their stadium~sized pop anthems across an imaginary solar system, Coldplay go intergalactic with their shimmering ninth set, Music of the Spheres. Expanding upon the band’s question of “What would our music sound like across the universe?” they created a world filled with alien outcasts, invented languages, and fictional planets, freeing themselves from the bounds of earthly genre restrictions in the process. Their most unabashedly pop~centric and optimistic album to date, this sci~fi concept piece is the spiritual successor to technicolor predecessors Mylo Xyloto and A Head Full of Dreams — outpacing both with its sharp focus and lean runtime — while maintaining the boundary~pushing energy heard on the Kaleidoscope EP and Everyday Life. With the help of super producer Max Martin — who previously worked with the band on 2019 singles “Orphans” and “Champion of the World” — the quartet sound more cohesive than they’ve been in years, benefitting from a single producer’s vision in a similar fashion to what Brian Eno pulled off with Viva La Vida. On this colorful journey through space, Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, and Will Champion rocket from planet to planet, spreading hope and love with blissful pop bursts such as the propulsive, ‘80s synth rush “Higher Power”; the inspirational Springsteen~via~the~Killers “Humankind”; and the blockbuster dancefloor collaboration with K~pop kings BTS, “My Universe,” where superfan V and his groupmates Jungkook, RM, Jimin, Jin, j~hope, and SUGA take turns trading lovelorn verses aimed at mending hearts across the galaxy. On the softer side, Spheres’ “Fix You”/“Scientist” moment comes with the tearjerker “Let Somebody Go,” a midtempo duet with Selena Gomez that’s so sad it could have been on Ghost Stories. Next, on “Human Heart,” R&B sister duo We Are KING and boy wonder Jacob Collier join Martin for a beautiful hymnal that swells upon the strength of their combined voices. Although this is one of those albums where every song could be a potential single, two moments stand out from the rest of Coldplay’s catalog. A shock to the system, “People of the Pride” mashes Muse’s “Uprising” and Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” into a rallying cry for the ages, a rousing blast that repurposes the Viva~era demo “The Man Who Swears” into a show~stopping thriller that allows the quartet to flex their rock muscle. Meanwhile, the closing ten~minute epic “Coloratura” transcends all, taking listeners on a sprawling prog journey centered on Martin’s dramatic piano, strings courtesy of John Metcalfe and Davide Rossi, Paris Strother’s synths, and a soaring Buckland guitar solo. While they typically end their albums on a grand, uplifting note, this takes the prize for ambition and sheer beauty. As Martin proclaims, “Together, that’s how we’ll make it through,” one might really believe we have the power to make our world (and those beyond) a more accepting and united place. Music of the Spheres is an earnest reminder that there’s good in this galaxy, offering hope and refuge from the chaos with Coldplay leading the way.
↓↑ https://www.allmusic.com/album/music-of-the-spheres-mw0003559619
Coldplay ©Mauricio SantanaHelen Brown ⇑ Score: ★★★
↓↑ In a recent interview, Chris Martin referred to songs as “little drops of unknowable wonder”. After a brief foray into murkier subject matter for 2019’s Everyday Life, the Coldplay frontman is firmly back in the wonder business. The big~hearted arena~fillers have cranked their trademark pop~and~awe back up to 11 for new album Music of the Spheres.
↓↑ The title is a nod to ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who believed that the planets ring out notes of vibration based on their orbit and distance to each other, creating space harmonies. Unfortunately, humans lack the ability to hear this natural wonder. Surely the idea must have resonated with Martin during lockdown, when we were all orbiting at strange distances from each other, missing the chords of conversation.
↓↑ But it turns out he was, in fact, inspired by Star Wars. He was watching a scene — perhaps while sipping one of his ex~wife Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cannabis drinks — when he began a~musing: “I wonder what musicians are like across the universe?” This led to him imagining an alternate solar system with “lots of different places and creatures and stuff”, he told the Zach Sang Show. He then tried to write as though he were an alien, explaining: “It’s a very freeing thing to take yourself out of Coldplay and just think, ‘OK, I’m not even human, what does music sound like?’”
↓↑ This appears to have been the point at which Martin’s imagination thrusters failed. As anyone who’s heard the singles will already know, Alien Coldplay sound almost exactly like Earthling Coldplay, with a little added pop~oomph from uber~producer Max Martin. Music of the Spheres is far less experimentally extra~terrestrial than Everyday Life (which ended with lines about Martin “flying on my bicycle / heading upwards from the Earth.”).
↓↑ The album’s lyrical positivity and melodic predictability should fly well in the current climate. There are big, pulsing, major chord stompers like “Higher Power” and “My Universe”, the latter featuring K~pop stars BTS. The Korean~language verses and rap add a little global texture as the synths swell and stutter along. There’s an unchallenging Eighties slow dance in “Let Somebody Go”, on which Martin and Selena Gomez croon together of lost love over soft keys and a click track beat, cymbals hissing like airlocks closing. It’s forgettable schmaltzy, but will still get those light sabers waving in the air at gigs. We Are King’s twin sisters Amber and Paris Strother add warm vocal layers to the tender pulse of the a cappella “Human Heart”. “Boys don’t cry/ Boys keep it all inside,” sings Martin. “Girls can make believe/ Girls wear it all on their sleeve,” reply the Strothers.
↓↑ There’s a nod to glam rock via Muse on “People of The Pride”, where the usually PG~rated Martin gets cross about the kind of man who “walks around like he owns the fucking lot”. But the singer’s anger at the challenges facing the planet inevitably give way to cheesy imagery about heaven acting as “a fire escape”. And it’s not long before he reverts to type on “Biuytful”, where his ethereally pitched~up vocals add some tang to what is otherwise a bland gush of a love song. The band’s communal, singalong appeal comes into play on the instrumental “Infinity Sign”, with its sample of a football crowd chant. Then it’s back to Earth with “Coloratura”, a track steered by Martin singing in a grazed lower register. There’s nothing here to startle the staff at mission control as his basic declaration — “In this crazy world, I just want you” — parachutes through an ozone layer of pretty flutes that eventually give way to a strummed waltz and a ripping electric guitar solo.
↓↑ Music of The Spheres isn’t Coldplay at their Viva la Vida finest, even if their undeniably upbeat attitude remains hard to resist. The Pythagoreans believed that music purified the soul. This album offers a more superficial spiritual shower. A fleeting invigoration. — Independent
↓↑ https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/coldplay-review-music-of-the-spheres-b1937658.html
↓↑ https://www.optimal-media.com/press/re-vinyl/
By Gil Kaufman ⇑ 10/14/2021 ⇑ 
↓↑ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9645150/coldplay-2022-music-of-the-spheres-world-tour-dates
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