AOTY 2017
A Head Full of Dreams
Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2015 Ratings: #709 / 742
User Score
Based on 209 ratings
2015 Ratings: #410
December 4, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Parlophone, Atlantic / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
www.coldplay.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Rolling Stone

A Head Full of Dreams ... might be Coldplay's brightest album ever – an eagle's-wings whoosh of soaring melodies, happy dance beats and Martin at his most wide-eyed.

80
NME
If ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ really is to be Coldplay’s last hurrah, then they’ve gone out with a flashbang of colour and catharsis.
70
Billboard

On the band's seventh album, A Head Full of Dreams, Chris Martin and ­company nervously creep onto the ­dancefloor, like boys at a junior high school prom, ­determined to unleash the boogie, white man's overbite be damned.

70
AllMusic

Under the stewardship of Chris Martin, Coldplay cheerfully embrace the cheese, ratcheting up both the sparkle and the sentiment so the album feels genuine in its embrace of eternal middle-aged clichés.

67
Pretty Much Amazing

The album doesn’t always work, but more often than not it sounds enough like vintage Coldplay to satisfy both diehards and casual listeners.

60
Exclaim!

A Head Full of Dreams might have been a poptimist masterpiece. Instead, it's just another Coldplay album, with all the baggage — both positive and negative — that entails.

60
The Guardian

Martin’s inability to write in anything other than cliches and generalisations feels like a small mercy rather than a black mark.

60
Spin

If there’s a wavelength on which Head is particularly powerful, though, it’s not easily apparent — it plays more like an unenthused rediscovery of past prizes than an album with its own specific code to be unlocked.

55
The 405

The majority of the track list is made up of songs that run far too long, have beyond cringe worthy concepts and lyrics or simply sound too unoriginal to stand out from the others.

50
Consequence of Sound

Martin puts on the confetti-spewing Technicolor dreamcoat he discarded for 2014’s downer Ghost Stories and returns on the band’s 7th studio release with a rejuvenated spirit.

50
musicOMH
There’s nothing particularly new or original about it, but its uplifting, soaring nature will melt all but the most cynical of hearts.
48
Pitchfork

For all the record's eclecticism, Coldplay remain a band that put the "us" in "obvious," blowing up the simplest sentiments for maximum appeal.

40
PopMatters

So despite leading with a song called “Adventure of a Lifetime”, Dreams gives us none of that: no real risk, no real adventure, and surprisingly little fun or catharsis.

40
Clash

It’s clear that the group are in a kind of creative stasis, eager to attempt new ideas but afraid to ultimately break with the past.

30
Drowned in Sound

A Head Full of Dreams ... sounds like a well-studied, rigid, demographic-conscious impression of Coldplay, empty as a consequence.

20
Under The Radar

A Head Full of Dreams is insufferably bland at best and downright offensive at worst.

Feb 26, 2016
BuffaloStaple
40
Nowhere near as well written as there previous work like 'Parachutes' or 'A Rush of Blood to the Head', they go in a much poppier direction and I've always felt Coldplay really shine through there more mature material personally, so this album really didn't impress me.
Dec 4, 2015
DaniCarrasco
62
cada album de coldplay te asegura un hit y algunas buenas canciones
el problema con a head full of dream es que es un album ansioso con canciones desesperadas y aburridas
que confirman mas que coldplay estan en picada
ojala se tomen un buen descanso porque es lo que ellos necesitan

las mejores canciones: adventure of a lifetime, everglow
canciones rescatables: fun. hymn for the weekend
las peores canciones: a head full of dreams, colour spectrum y birds(hasta ahora su peor cancion)
Jul 19, 2017
rebeligado
65
A Head Full of Dreams 65/100
Birds 60/100
Hymn for the Weekend 80/100
Everglow 70/100
Adventure of a Lifetime 60/100
Fun (feat. Tove Lo) 65/100
Kaleidoscope 50/100
Army of One 75/100
Amazing Day 65/100
Colour Spectrum 50/100
Up&Up 85/100
Jun 19, 2017
28
When it felt like Coldplay started to sell out (even more) with Ghost Stories in 2014, they hit home that idea when they came out with this garbage one year later.

Just one of those groups where you watch their quality wane with more and more commercial success.
Apr 19, 2017
TheWhiplash
43
It shows potential, It's colorful but even it tries to show it, the album is still bland & boring. Nowhere near as good as Viva La vida and their older albums.
END OF YEAR LISTS
#9/People
#24/Variance
#29/Entertainment Weekly
#35/NME
Track List
  1. A Head Full of Dreams
  2. Birds
  3. Hymn for the Weekend
  4. Everglow
  5. Adventure of a Lifetime
  6. Fun (feat. Tove Lo)
  7. Kaleidoscope
  8. Army of One
  9. Amazing Day
  10. Colour Spectrum
  11. Up&Up


Added on: November 6, 2015