That's not to say that this album doesn't have its highlights, however: "Another's Arms" features a glorious climax of guitars, vocals and diving synth drones, while "Oceans" delicately mixes the old and the new, with an acoustic guitar strumming chords to a synthetic string section and robotic bleeps and bloops. Immediately after that, the album takes an unusual turn, jumping into the surprisingly dance floor-ready and somewhat jarring "A Sky Full of Stars," sounding like a club remix of a moodier song before closing with "O." Thanks to its gorgeous production, each song is lush and vibrant, perfectly suiting itself to a good pair of headphones and an evening spent staring at the ceiling.
Still, Ghost Stories ultimately feels like an incomplete transitional album. It has brief sparks of a fresh creativity and has plenty of potential, but doesn't take steps bold enough to totally reinvent itself, making for a record littered with moments that let it sink into the forgettable parts of the band's catalogue. It may, however, be a step towards something truly revolutionary for the English quartet. (Warner)