Coldplay's sixth studio album will forever be tied to frontman Chris Martin's announcement that he and wife Gwyneth Paltrow were separating, nearly two months before the full-length's release. The marital split and its timing hover over "Ghost Stories," a short album full of straightforward meditations on heartbreak and helplessness. Every inch of the album is bruised. On some songs, Martin wallows in the solitude; on others, he searches desperately for buoys of hope in his ocean of depression.

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