Yes, Coldplay simply scored a No. 1 hit, “My Universe,” with international sensation BTS.
But on the band’s new album “Music of the Spheres,” out Friday, there are some much more particular friends: specifically Chris Martin’s two children with ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow, Apple and Moses.
Apple, 17, co-wrote the breakup ballad “Let Somebody Go” — a moody duet with one other shocking visitor, Selena Gomez — on which a forlorn Martin wallows in his emotions: “You gave everything this golden glow/Now turn off all the stars, ’cause this I know/That it hurts like so, to let somebody go.”
Call it the anti-“Yellow.”
That’s additionally Apple doing the intro countdown on “Higher Power,” the uber-upbeat first single, and he or she joins the refrain of Coldplay kids — together with the youngsters of guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion — on the interlude “Music of the Spheres II.”
Meanwhile, Moses, 15, croons the refrain of “Humankind” — which, with its ’80s synth-pop sheen, shares greater than a comparable title with the Killers’ “Human” — alongside his previous man. You can simply really feel the proud papa beaming by the father-son singalong.
And the cameos carry on approaching “Music of the Spheres,” Coldplay’s ninth studio album. Both Grammy-winning British musician Jacob Collier and R&B duo We Are King — consisting of dual sisters Amber and Paris Strother — pump life into “Human Heart,” an a cappella that takes you from church to the heavens.
But probably the most impactful collaborator on “Music of the Spheres” is mega-producer Max Martin, who has labored with everybody from Britney Spears and Katy Perry to Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. With Martin on the helm, Coldplay appears to be able to completely personal being a pop group fairly than the alt-rock band that launched into stardom with 2000’s “Parachutes” and 2002’s “A Rush of Blood to the Head.”
After singles akin to 2014’s “A Sky Full of Stars” and 2015’s “Adventure of a Lifetime” discovered them leaning into their pop facet, you’ll be able to hear them absolutely embracing it on “My Universe,” a tune that, for all of its catchy charms, has nothing “alternative” or “rock” about it. (But hey, in the event that they wished a hit by hopping on the BTS bandwagon, mission completed: “My Universe” is simply Coldplay’s second chart-topper after 2008’s “Viva La Vida.”)
In reality, it’s virtually jarring if you hear the industrial-edged guitars on “People of the Pride,” which reminds you that Coldplay was as soon as a rock band.
But “Music of the Spheres” — which revisits the intergalactic territory that Coldplay has explored from 2005’s “X&Y” to 2011’s “Mylo Xyloto” — additionally shows a number of the adventurous experimentation of 2019’s underappreciated “Everyday Life.” The new album’s 10-minute nearer, “Coloratura,” is a proggy, shape-shifting epic that’s simply bizarre sufficient to make you bear in mind when Coldplay was cool.