Any band catapulting to mainstream success as fast as Coldplay (as well as any band as sincere as the English quartet) will undoubtedly meet some pretty hefty criticism. From the missed opportunity of X&Y, to the cheesiness of their hearts-wide-open love songs, to Chris Martin rubbing scores of people the wrong way, some critiques have been deserved, while others have been comically overblown. But, as Martin notes, “We have been a very polarizing group because we do a certain thing very well.” And it’s true. Their potentially offensive inoffensiveness aside, many of their singles still withstand scrutiny, along with the band’s overall discography being fairly solid. Now, after the extravagant pop spectacle that was 2011’s Mylo Xyloto, they return with Ghost Stories, their sixth studio album. Largely inspired by the disintegration of Martin’s relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow, his wife of 11 years, the album comes billed as the quartet’s “breakup record.” Thanks to the subject matter, Coldplay have crafted their most intimate record since their 2000 debut, Parachutes.