In the last few months, many big name artists from many different genres have released new albums. Here, two writers review two of these said albums: G-Eazy’s “When It’s Dark Out” and Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams.”
G-Eazy’s new album continues his established sound, however, it also greatly improves upon his first major hits. This time around, his guest list is full of more well-known artists like Chris Brown and there seems to be a general consensus that the material he addresses is more interesting and diverse. These new topics range from the effects his race plays in his success in “What If” to quoting the famous poet Dylan Thomas in “Intro” to asking himself why he’s so sad when everyone wants to be him in “Sad Boy.” Critics around the nation are impressed with G-
Eazy’s growth from his last album “These Things Happen” and hope to continue to see that. One critic from Newsday said, “G-Eazy is set for major stardom, but only once he realizes that his point of view is more interesting than the mainstream.” Overall, long time fans and new fans alike will find something to enjoy in “When It’s Dark Out.”
Coldplay’s seventh and final album, “A Head Full of Dreams”, was released December 2015, and their song “Adventure of a Lifetime”, released as a single a month earlier. The album holds similarity with their previous albums, but this album in particular is more upbeat and joyful than past ones, especially compared to their sixth album “Ghost Stories”, a more heartfelt and sad album due to lead vocalist, Chris Martin’s split with his wife. This album according to a critic from Pitchfork, states that it’s “ ...Martin’s unconscious recoupling record, the sound of a freshly single man stepping out onto the dancefloor to lose his mind and find new love.” One line from “Adventure of a Lifetime” states that, “You make me feel like I’m alive again” which is an example of Martin recovering from the split and just represents the entire vibe of the album. The music video for “Adventure of a Lifetime”, which came out at the end of November, essentially contains animated chimpanzees representing the band singing the song, making the music video very alive and different. With collaborations from Tove Lo on their song, “Fun” and help from Beyoncé and Noel Gallagher, along with President Obama’s rendition of Amazing Grace, complies a colorful and lively album. A tour in 2016 to promote both “A Head Full of Dreams” and “Ghost Stories” will begin in South America. As their final album, Martin stated that, “It's our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it's like the last Harry Potter book or something like that.” Altogether, Coldplay’s album has fans in a positive, happy vibe with the band finishing up their career.
As 2016 begins, make sure to look out for new albums. The music industry is constantly evolving and it promises to keep listeners happy.
By Jamie Nickel and Ayla Main