The great thing about releasing an EP is you get the the chance to experiment a little, release some tracks that just didn’t fit on an another album, and not feel forced to spend forever in the studio. Coldplay stepped outside of their box a little with their latest EP, Kaleidoscope. The new EP isn’t exactly groundbreaking but a nice stopgap between album releases and a curious grab bag of disjointed songs. Chris Martin considers it a companion piece to their last album, “A Head Full Of Dreams” just as they did with “Prospekt’s March” released after “Viva La Vida”.
“ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IS YOU” – Loving the Radiohead vibe in the opening minute and Coldplay’s signature piano interlude to close the somber song. It’s very atmospheric and while it won’t blow you away it’s definitely a keeper. Grade B
“MIRACLES (Something Special)” – Big Sean adds a nice flavor with his subdued vocals on the track. “And I’ll keep dancing all night long”…..definitely the most upbeat and FUN track on the EP. Grade A-
“A L I E N S” – Coldplay enlisted Brian Eno to co-write the most psychedelic song on the EP. The space-age electronica beats are a little off-putting and distract from the lyrics and a return to that typical Coldplay sound at the end can’t save this one. Definitely an experiment gone wrong. Grade D+
“SOMETHING LIKE THIS (Tokyo Remix)” – Their monster EDM hit with The Chainsmokers gets treated to an audience sing-along version for their massive world tour. It’s really unnecessary and EP filler, stick to the original or Chris’s solo version at the Manchester One concert. Grade B-
“HYPNOTISED” – Saved the best for last! A glorious piano introduction and a soaring uplifting chorus highlight a beautiful ballad that calls to mind “Fix You”. This will be a huge concert favorite! Grade A