Coldplay 2014 press pic

Today, Coldplay release their sharp, crystalline new album Ghost Stories, and at least from where I’m sitting, it’s their best album since Viva La Vida, if not A Rush Of Blood To The Head. Of course, Coldplay are a big-money rock band, and as a big-money rock band, they have to do things like use album leftovers as bonus tracks so that Target can theoretically move a few extra units. The Target edition of Ghost Stories has three bonus tracks: “Ghost Story,” “All Your Friends,” and “O (Part 2 – Reprise).” This being the release date, all three of those songs have made their way to the internet. And if all of them aren’t quite as good as the tracks that made it to the album, they’re all worth hearing — and one, “Ghost Story,” really probably should’ve been on the LP proper. Listen to all three below.

(via USA Today)

Ghost Stories is out now on Parlophone/Atlantic.

Comments (9)
  1. They left off “Ghost Stories” why??

  2. ‘And if all of them aren’t quite as good as the tracks that made it to the album’

    No, they’re all miles better than A Sky Full of Stars.

  3. I had finally made piece with the fact that I sincerely like a number of Coldplay songs but everything from this album is fucking awful and now I’m all torn up again

  4. This is a stunning album that needs to be listed to completely as a whole. Like albums used to be. It is just stunning. -O- is a beautiful track. I really feel emotion when I listen to this album. I think it sums up heartbreak perfectly……I feel that anyone who has felt heartbreak would have felt like the lyrics to these songs, no matter how long a relationship. This is an album that speaks to the people. Chris Martin and the band have nailed the emotional turmoil that one feels with heartbreak and produced an album that tried to achieve more than just a pop/rock anthem. It is an album with soul.brilliant

  5. Why the hell does Target in America get three additional tracks to Coldplay Ghost Stories, the track Ghost Story is amazing the record label is nuts.

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