"Magic" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Sweet and simple love song is mild and formulaic.

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Positive Messages

Lyrics are vague, but the song is optimistic about the power of love.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Chris Martin and his Coldplay cohorts have always been nonthreatening alt-rock stars.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Coldplay's new single "Magic" is another harmless and simple song about the endurance of special bonds between two people, presumably lovers. The sentiment is sweet and the track is calm, so fans of the band will probably enjoy this low-key pop cut.

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Kid, 9 years old November 13, 2017

That should be for teenagers!

Might be for tweens. Might be for teenagers.
Teen, 13 years old Written bytheReviewingKoala August 16, 2017

Best Coldplay song I've heard

Go on Spotify or whatever and listen to the album Ghost Stories where it's normally found. I totally recommend it.

What's the story?

MAGIC is the first single from British rock outfit Coldplay's record Ghost Stories, the band's sixth studio album. It is the band's first new full-length since 2011's Mylo Xyloto.

Is it any good?

Fans of the band know exactly what to expect from Coldplay, and that's becoming their biggest problem as artists. The lyrics of "Magic" are vague enough to be universal but too pedestrian to be profound. Musically, the song is pleasant and catchy, if a bit too familiar. When the bridge kicks in with spiraling pianos and Chris Martin's falsetto, it's almost comical how predictable the band has become. "Magic" isn't a bad song, and it's romantic enough, but it's nothing we haven't heard before.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Coldplay's quiet dominance of the rock charts for more than a decade. What do you think has made their formula so successful?

  • Can a band still be considered "hip" or "cool" once it's conquered the mainstream? Is that important to you as a listener?

Music details

  • Artist: Coldplay
  • Release date: March 3, 2014
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Parlophone
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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