Music of the Spheres

Coldplay - Music of the Spheres
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2021 Ratings: #591 / 593
User Score
Based on 592 ratings
2021 Ratings: #749
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME
The album is full of soaring pop melodies that take you high enough to enter orbit and touching sentiments that makes the universe around you glow ever brighter.
80
AllMusic

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.

70
Albumism

With Music of the Spheres, Coldplay bring together all of the elements that have kept them feeding us earworms. There are catchy anthems aplenty, stadium-ready rousers, bombastic ballads, and delicate moments of intimacy. There's also a moment or two of surprising experimentation.

60
The Telegraph

There have been many great sci-fi concept albums before, but Coldplay’s offering is not so much about exploring the outer limits as continued world domination. It's Zippy Starburst and the Earworms from Marketing.

60
The Independent

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.

60
The Irish Times

Ambitious and suitably ridiculous, Music of the Spheres is a natural but overly saccharine progression for one of the biggest bands in the world. Some millionaires jet off to space – Coldplay generously bring space to us.

60
The Sydney Morning Herald

There’s just not a lot that resonates beneath the glistening surface of these songs.

60
Rolling Stone

Their ninth LP is a far-out voyage to a made-up solar system, powered by pure pop idealism and Max Martin production.

51
Pitchfork
Along with the record’s hackneyed interstellar theme, Spheres’ enormity sadly chimes with what space exploration has become in real life: another meaningless hurdle for the richest of the rich to hop over, a VIP escape hatch.
50
Clash
A deeply mixed return that lacks a certain spark.
40
The Guardian

Crafted with one eye firmly on the Spotify stats, the band’s synths-heavy ninth album features BTS and Selena Gomez amid a muddled cosmic concept.

40
The Arts Desk

This ninth album merely deepens the band’s failure to find hard edges to their soft rock, or root their healing generalities in any recognisably bleeding, sweating, human individual. Instead, here are more hollow anthems for everyone.

40
Sputnikmusic

Sadly, ‘Coloratura’ is not enough to save the LP from being a mess. In the end, you can’t even say you are disappointed anymore. This is who Coldplay are now, producing the most casual music for the most casual listeners possible.

40
Evening Standard
At this stage it does feel like they’re chasing trends, not starting them.
40
musicOMH

Certainly there are some interesting moments on Music From The Spheres. But overall it’s the sound of Coldplay treading water. More alarmingly, it begins to sound like they’re trying not to drown.

40
The Line of Best Fit
The album is delivered as a mishmash of ideas that misfire from the get-go, missing out on the potential it built in the lead-up to its release.
40
The Young Folks

Yes, there are some moments that are better than others, and some that are even close to good, but as an album, as a cohesive body of work, Music of the Spheres falls short.

40
PopMatters

Coldplay’s ninth studio album Music of the Spheres desperately wants to inspire its listeners, but the songwriting and sound fall flat.

10
God Is in the TV
It would not surprise me that this is in fact a Chris Martin solo album in all but name, actually recorded on his own during the lockdown, sat alone in his studio getting high on his own farts in an airless room post-Kale Soup and bread made from the shit of a mongoose. If not, the other three have just literally and metaphorically phoned in their parts.
Doublez
41
Head straight to Coloratura, the rest of Music of the Spheres is an album that is woefully lacking in flavor and could very well go into the dictionary as an example of generic music. It's a frustrating and disconcerting experience, especially when you know the true potential of this iconic band.

Coldplay was initially a great band that got lost in a downward spiral when they tried to reinvent themselves especially by incorporating Electronic. The moral of the story is that it's not for ... read more
guiromeiro
55
damn they really tricked us with coloratura
BradTasteMusic
38
A mixed bag, but the bag is like 80% garbage
cakenator
30
Coldplay knows what they are doing, trying to cater to their new fans, only throwing one singular song in for their old fans just to get them to listen to the album, this is capitalism at its absolute finest. They can make good music but they just decide not to, it’s unfortunate but it’s what makes them money.

Favorite track: coloratura
Least favorite track: bitutiful
YuriDING
70
Coldplay returns once again with a new album, and as always, POLEMIC.
I think people have such a wrong idea of what the band is, and they end up charging them to make a sound in a way, since they've gotten over it a long time ago.
I think people think that coldplay SHOULD go the same way as Radiohead, and do experimental stuff, just so people will stop criticizing the band.

I'm sorry, but if you were expecting anything other than a POP album, the wrong one was you.
My impression is that if ... read more
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Track List

1🪐
0:53
57
2Higher Power
3:31
63
3Humankind
4:26
59
4
0:53
52
5Let Somebody Go
4:01
53
6❤️
3:09
51
7People of the Pride
3:37
57
8Biutyful
3:12
39
9🌎
0:21
29
10My Universe
3:46
with BTS
55
11
3:46
55
12Coloratura
10:18
85
Total Length: 41 minutes
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Added on: April 28, 2021