A Head Full of Dreams

Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2015 Ratings: #736 / 772
User Score
Based on 436 ratings
2015 Ratings: #609
December 4, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Parlophone, Atlantic / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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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.

60
The Independent
Too much emotional laundry but it’s a step in the right direction.
60
The Telegraph
Throughout, the band’s big, bittersweet sound is, as ever, wonderfully immersive: whalesong cycles of electric guitar echoing through a buoyant soup of synths that sound both pleasant and forgettable.
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.
50
The Needle Drop

Coldplay returns with a vibrant, danceable followup to last year's Ghost Stories.

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.

40
DIY
For a record about breaking ground and finding a new, happier place, where's the catharsis?If, as hinted, this is Coldplay's last bow, it's an awfully limp way to go, and actually a disservice for a band who deserve credit where it's due - just not this time.
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.

MySoftBulletin
10
Coldplay make music for people who microwave soup
TreyLikesBands
81
Great

Apart from being super overhated, these pop tracks show Coldplay as a progression of styles over time. It’s definitely off-putting to listen to every one of their records chronologically, yet it’s comforting to see a group retain their volatility, talent, and vitality throughout the years.

Color: Red
FAV TRACKS: Hymn for the Weekend, Adventure of a Lifetime, Amazing Day, Birds, A Head Full of Dreams, Everglow, Fun, Army of One
LEAST FAV: Kaleidoscope, Colour Spectrum, ... read more
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.
10
Dear God.
MinatoArisato
40
Disappointing. After the band showed quite a bit of promise on Ghost Storie it is sad to see them take the very pop and filtered down sound that can be found on this record.

Best Track: Amazing Day
Worst Track: Army of One
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Year End 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
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Added on: November 6, 2015