Blog #11: Coldplay - Everyday Life
Everyday Life, is the 8th studio album released by the British rock band Coldplay, it was released last November on the 22nd. It is one of their first double album released with sixteen tracks (but was released as a single cd). It is their first album in almost four years, their last album being A Head Full of Dreams back in 2015. This entire record sees Coldplay taking a huge turn on their last album more of pop material. This record sees Coldplay taking a really weird and interesting direction, using more gospel influences, more alternative influences, and more of a less commercial type of songs on some of these songs, their version of "World Music". The album is separated into two sections "Sunrise" and "Sunset" both around the 25-27 minute mark, not too long.
So how is the album? It's not bad.. It's not that bad, their are great things on this album. For instance on the first side of the album "Sunrise" the introduction song is a nice atmospheric instrumental, setting the character and the world of the album, then going into Church another great song, followed by Trouble in Town, great old Coldplay sounds, really experimental, although not something too far in left field. The first BrokEn is like Coldplay's version of gospel music. The song Daddy is a great softer piano number after the first couple "louder" tracks as far as Coldplay is concerned. The next track WOTW/POTP sounds like a nicer modern version of track Parachutes off the album of the same name, the bands first album. A very good transition into the next song on the album, and one of the best tracks Arabesque, featuring a saxophone in the middle to the end. The first side, really good. Now the next side...
Part two of the album, Sunset, isn't the best Coldplay has ever written, the first three songs Guns, Orphans, and Eko, they aren't great songs, they just sound kinda forced. However, after those, the rest of the songs on this album is great, Cry Cry Cry, Old Friends, The poem, Champion of the World, and the title track Everyday Life. These songs are really great, Cry Cry Cry is another gospel inspired song, Old Friends and The Poem, are also great songs with lots of great parts to them whether it be the atmospheric synthesizers in the back or the piano, or the vocal delivery, great songs. The last two songs are what made this album what it is for me, Champion of the World, and Everyday Life are some of the best music Coldplay have released this decade. It is Coldplay at its best.
Overall, while this album has some great parts the middle of it is not very good and sorta does bring it down. Definitely recommend giving this album a listen!
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Cameron E. Narimanian