Coldplay, a band whom need absolutely no introduction at this point, are back with a new album entitled ‘Everyday Life’, an album that is split into two halves, displaying the intriguing, risk-taking side of the group, as well as the side that can feel a little flat and lifeless.
In the most impactful moments of ‘Everyday Life’ Coldplay find themselves piecing together some of their most interesting work for quite some time. ‘Church’ is an early example of how the group tends to find beauty in a mixing of Chris Martin’s boyish vocal delivery, and a melodic, heavenly uprising of chimey guitars and drums filled with well-timed claps that have more than a habit of getting a bobbing head from the listener.
The leading single, poppy, arena-sized anthem ‘Orphans’ is Coldplay giving us more of their recent successful formula; an upbeat, accessible, ultimately forgetful effort that is sure to be consumed by the masses at it will feel right at home in the UK singles chart. The thing that feels off about this tune is how mixed up it gets in the message it’s trying to convey. Take, for example, the lyrics: “Yes, she had eyes like the moon/ Would have been on the silver screen/ But for the missile monsoon”. Which is accompanied by a chorus of: “I want to know when I can go/ Back and get drunk with my friends”, I’m not sure the biggest worry of the people the group are singing about is going and getting drunk with friends but I guess Coldplay has tried to approach the issue from a less-sensitive angle. It feels odd to say the least.
Coldplay do reach out and try different things on this album though, and often accomplish something unique for their troubles. “Cry Cry Cry” is a brilliant example of how the group can channel their energy into something new, unlike what’s come before in Coldplay’s back-catalogue. This bluesy, piano-lead number is certainly a standout moment on the album and much like the rest of the latter half of this record, will have people forgetting about the less-inspired first disc and jumping straight for the second. The track shows a soulful infusion of modern and past influences, with a childlike female vocal, sitting nicely alongside Martin’s.
When Coldplay strip it back on this record they connect with the consumer of the album so much more than when they’re aiming for the next party, pop anthem of the year. ‘Old Friends’ sounds so close and believable, with its note-picking acoustic guitar and the warmth of it’s vocal. Again, when the group try something new it’s refreshing after all this time they’ve enjoyed filling our radios with massive, pop-ballad sounds.
‘Everyday Life’ is truly an album of two sides, not only in it’s double disc format but, also in terms of it’s musical quality. When the group get more experimental and take more chances, it really pays off.
All words by Jared Musson, find him on Twitter.