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MUSIC REVIEW: Coldplay brings “Magic” from Ghost Stories

Love ’em or hate ’em, Coldplay is comin’ back at us with a new single, “Magic,” and a May release date for their next album, Ghost Stories. Take a listen.
Coldplay just released the first official single off their next album, Ghost Stories. The song “Magic” might just replace “Yellow” as one of their most-romantic songs. Fans everywhere wet their pants and then turned to their significant others to swoon, “This will be the song we dance to at our wedding.”

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Last week they shared “Midnight” with the world and saw mostly positive responses to the atmospheric track. It sounded like Chris Martin and the gang were trying something new, or at least embracing what they’ve been after for the last decade*.

“Magic,” though, seems to fall squarely into their musical wheelhouse. It’s more mellow than songs like their arena-shaking “Viva La Vida” or Mylo Xyloto‘s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.” But, it fits nicely between singles like the aforementioned “Yellow” and their driving and soul-stirring “Fix You.”

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What’s nice about “Magic” is the seemingly double-meaning behind the lyrics. Is the couple in question together or apart? There doesn’t appear to be an easy answer. Take a look:

Call it magic
Call it true
I call it magic, when I’m with you
And I just got broken
Broken into two
Still I call it magic, when I’m next to you

Seems a little like the girl in question was the one to break him, suggesting they aren’t together anymore. The song ends with lines that suggest whatever they’ve been through, they’ve managed to weather together.

And if you were to ask me
After all that we’ve been through
“Still believe in magic?”
Well yes, I do
Oh yes, I do

If that’s the case, the song becomes especially powerful and almost too sweet. Then again, hasn’t that melodramatic sweetness always been one of the things Coldplay have going for themselves? Listen to the track and tell us what you think! The band’s new album, Ghost Stories, releases on May 19. We’re sure everyone will have more to say then.

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So, we don’t hate it. Do you? Did we miss something in our lyrical analysis? Any uberfans want to tell us how “Magic” is underrated? Go for it in the “comments” below.

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