After 15 years in the public eye and more than 80 million records sold, Coldplay is back with what is being rumored to be their last album. Despite the inevitable, and perhaps earned, criticisms (predictable, middlebrow, populist, the poor man's U2), A Head Full of Dreams manages to be pretty appealing. It's a feel good record. Every song is optimistic and a theme of transcendence pervades.
Fans of Coldplay will not be disappointed. Fans of Beyoncé and Noel Gallagher might like the record too. They are on the list of guest performers that also includes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tove Lo, Khatia Buniatishvili, Merry Clayton, and, believe it or not, President Barack Obama.