24 Songs, 1 Hour 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“We exist for, and because of, you,” Chris Martin tells close to 50,000 people in the Estadio Ciudad de la Plata, Buenos Aires. Ever since they first broke big in 2000 with “Yellow,” a song that dedicates an entire night sky to an object of desire, Coldplay have betrayed a willingness to please. As deep into their career as 2016, Chris Martin was describing playing live as a “service,” viewing Coldplay as mere backing musicians in a communal, singalong experience for their fans. It’s a philosophy that rings through this companion piece to the A Head Full of Dreams documentary, recorded at their November 2017 gig in the Argentine capital. They do much to charm a noisily responsive crowd, Martin addressing them in Spanish throughout and the band playing “Amor Argentina”—a bespoke new tango in which the singer proclaims, “Porque en este lugar/Hallé un gozo profundo” (“Because in this place/I found a deep joy”)—alongside a cover of “De Música Ligera” by local alt-rock legends Soda Stereo. Around those two tracks sits a remarkable collection of tried-and-tested crowd-pleasers—each played with vitality and enthusiasm, as if they’d only just been minted in the studio. The incisive, universal longing of “The Scientist” and we’re-in-this-together optimism of “Up&Up” are potent reminders that Coldplay’s personal touch extends far beyond learning the local lingo.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“We exist for, and because of, you,” Chris Martin tells close to 50,000 people in the Estadio Ciudad de la Plata, Buenos Aires. Ever since they first broke big in 2000 with “Yellow,” a song that dedicates an entire night sky to an object of desire, Coldplay have betrayed a willingness to please. As deep into their career as 2016, Chris Martin was describing playing live as a “service,” viewing Coldplay as mere backing musicians in a communal, singalong experience for their fans. It’s a philosophy that rings through this companion piece to the A Head Full of Dreams documentary, recorded at their November 2017 gig in the Argentine capital. They do much to charm a noisily responsive crowd, Martin addressing them in Spanish throughout and the band playing “Amor Argentina”—a bespoke new tango in which the singer proclaims, “Porque en este lugar/Hallé un gozo profundo” (“Because in this place/I found a deep joy”)—alongside a cover of “De Música Ligera” by local alt-rock legends Soda Stereo. Around those two tracks sits a remarkable collection of tried-and-tested crowd-pleasers—each played with vitality and enthusiasm, as if they’d only just been minted in the studio. The incisive, universal longing of “The Scientist” and we’re-in-this-together optimism of “Up&Up” are potent reminders that Coldplay’s personal touch extends far beyond learning the local lingo.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

Soundtoy25 ,

Coldplay presents... Coldplay Fans: The Album

It's annoying that the fans are louder than Chris..

sax_kid2007 ,

Bad audio quality.

Love Coldplay, they’re my favorite band, this audio recording/mixing on this live album is not good. Just hard to to listen to. Especially “A Head Full of Dreams”. Just sounds muffled and really base heavy.

oar39 ,

My first review

I like Coldplay. I like their songs. The live release is nothing special, espcially given that we already hsve Coldplay 2012, which had a similar setlist. You get technically perfect renditions of the songs we love (which we already have). Little improvisation. What would have made this special to me was either heavy improv, live collaborations, video (fortunatley they released a DVD too)), or going super heavy on the new material ('Fun', 'Army of 1'). For good live releases, I'd point to Dave Matthews' Central Park live album (the improv-heavy collsborationw with Warren Haynes), John Mayer's 'Where The Light Is' (again, improv).

Read the other reviews. "I love Coldplay". They say little about what distinguishes this performance from any other Coldplay performance. I wanted to love this but I'll stick with the studio versions. Sorry.

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