I remember two years ago I would love listening to “Yellow” or “Shiver” off of Coldplay’s first album “Parachutes”. I felt like I could relate to the lyrics, as if they were speaking to me somehow. Of course, the only reason I thought that was because the lyrics were so bland and general that anyone with a dick and a sensitive mind would gravitate towards this belief. But god knows that people like general statements; a picture on tumblr depicting a side of a wall with the words “I get lost in my head” spray painted onto it gets hundreds of thousands of notes simply because people can relate to it…. but who the hell can’t?! When I later came back to the songs, I cringed because I remembered relating to these lyrics at one point in my life. Don’t get me wrong, the songs have classic hooks and are decently written, it’s just that the lyrics are bland, and for anyone jarred such as me, it’s hard to get pulled in. That’s why the song “Viva la Vida” by the same band is so interesting, as it is about someone who is interesting, rather than a general human being. And most human beings are fucking boring.
So that pretty much sums up why “Ghost Stories” isn’t very good; it doesn’t feel genuine or honest, like a real break-up album should. I understand this album was inspired by Chris Martin’s seperation with Pepper Potts, but it really doesn’t feel like it is. I can’t gauge much out of their relationship from this album. Now I know what you’re thinking: “They’re both famous public figures, airing each other’s dirty laundry would be detrimental to both of their reputations blah blah blah…” Well, if you’re not going to have the honesty to accurately portray your break-up, why write a break-up album in the first place? I’ve heard good break-up albums and songs, and this one feels over-dramatized and flimsy in comparison. I checked Wikipedia, and saw that Chris Martin separated with Pepper Potts just three months ago; if I were Mr. Martin, I would give myself a little more time to think about what went wrong with the relationship. But then again, I know nothing of their situation, so maybe I’m jumping to conclusions. I only came to this conclusion as the break-up theme seems very rushed to me. Of course, there is more to music than lyrics, so let’s go over the album real quick, mmm?