Stream Coldplay's New Album 'Ghost Stories'

The whole record is available for listening a week ahead of its release on iTunes.

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Coldplay will release their sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories," on May 20th via Atlantic Records. In anticipation, it's streaming in full via iTunes Radio.

As Consequence of Sound notes, the follow-up to 2011's "Mylo Xyloto" was recorded over the last two years at London's the Bakery and the Beehive studio. Though produced primarily by the band itself, the nine-track album features a number of notable outside producers, namely Paul Epworth (Adele, Paul McCartney, U2), Timbaland, and Avicii.

According to the band, their original intentions for Mylo Xyloto was to create a more "stripped-down, more acoustic collection," but they eventually recorded perhaps one of their most experimental records to date. When work on "Ghost Stories" began in 2012, they returned to the acoustic idea almost immediately.

"There's only so far you can go without becoming pompous and a bit overblown," drummer Will Champion told the BBC back in March. "So we'll tread that line very carefully. Reset. Recalibrate."

Lyrically, the album was inspired by frontman Chris Martin's troubled relationship with his wife, actress Gwyneth Paltrow (the two separated in late March). In a separate BBC interview, Martin said the couple's marital issues helped create a kind of overarching "concept" for the album:

"The idea of Ghost Stories, for me, was 'How do you let the things that happen to you in the past - your ghosts - how do you let them affect your present and your future?' Because there was a time when I was feeling like they were going to drag me down and ruin my life, and the lives of those around me.

"I was very lucky to meet a very good sufi teacher who started to introduce the idea of 'If you sit with your experiences and the things you've been through, they alchemize.' At the time he said that, I didn't really know what that meant, but I trusted that it would work, and the more that I was learning about that, the more music just started flowing through."

The album's preceded by three lead singles, "Magic," "Midnight" and the Avicii-helmed "A Sky Full of Stars."

Ghost Stories Tracklist:

01. Always in My Head
02. Magic
03. Ink
04. True Love
05. Midnight
06. Another's Arms
07. Oceans08. A Sky Full of Stars09. O

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    Memory In Death
    I know there's going to be a lot of unreasoned hate in the comments section. But this album is amazing. I loved the whole feel of this album. Very moody, dark and ambient. And I don't even like Coldplay's other albums so much. I sent in a review, let's see how that works out.
    It's always great to hear a non fan respect an album/song. This most definitely deserves it
    Memory In Death
    I'm not really a 'non-fan'. xD I just never got into their albums haha. But I have loads of respect for them as artists. And ever since Midnight surfaced, I've been wanting to check this album out.
    No matter how weird their music gets, for a commercial band, Coldplay are geniuses.
    You can feel & hear Chris Martin's pain & anguish of his marriage falling apart. The soundscapes of this album wrap you up in a warm blanket on a cold evening. Beautiful indeed.
    If I could feel and hear Chris Martin's anguish, I'd probably like it. All I hear is the wind whistling through that vapid moron's ears.
    Incredible. It's just beautiful music. It's still got that uplifting stadium feel that Coldplay is so good at, but the sadness in the music, especially the vocals, it just goes somewhere else. I love the female vocals in Another's Arms, I love the beautiful soundscape of Midnight...I just love this album
    Memory In Death
    The stadium vibe is only present on 'A Sky Full of Stars'. But yes, the album's beautiful. Very beautiful.
    Very beautiful. Even Avicii's product "A Sky Full of Stars" feels great when it's in the album, not a standalone song. I personally think it's their best work.
    Sewage Rat
    No thanks, its probably shit like everything else they've done
    Why do you even read a Coldplay article if you're going to hate on the band without even giving the album a chance? It's actually an amazing album, the best they've done since A Rush of Blood to the Head.