Coldplay’s inventive magnum opus eighth album “Everyday Life” is proof that they can be more adventurous and creative than they’re often given credit for. Lead front man Chris Martin creates an immersive listening experience with sharp social commentary rock anthems in the style of U2 and a worldly sound inspired by Paul Simon.
One of my favorite bands, British rock band and stadium crowd pleasers Coldplay had a good year in 2015 and 2016, with their chart topping infectious pop album and my favorite album from the band “Head Full Of Dreams”. In February 2016, the boys even got to rock the Super Bowl 50 halftime show and ventured out on a two-year stadium and arena tour that earned $523 million in ticket sales.
“Everyday Life” is a double studio LP; split between two halves, “Sunrise” and “Sunset”. It’s a sprawling musical architecture of Coldplay’s rangiest, their most eclectic, deepest and most real release. Even though their last “Head Full Of Dreams” is my favorite album. Their newest is probably (ok it is), their best work to date both creatively and musically.
“Everyday Life” is an album inspired by the works of U2, just listen to “Guns”. Martin sings about gun violence, critiquing America’s love for guns and the idea that gun violence can be solved with more guns. Chris Martin brilliantly sings in a line, “All the kids make pistols with their fingers”. The same goes for “Orphans” being a U2 rock jam.
Martin encompasses the worldly sound of Paul Simon’s albums specifically “Graceland” on Coldplay’s track “Eko”. It’s easy to hear the comparisons. The track “Cry Cry Cry” is Chris Martin’s chance to try his hand at doo-wop, using “Earth Angel” as his blue print, which Martin heard in a movie he has publicly expressed a love for… “Back to the Future”.
The boys taps into southern gospel on “Broken” that showers you with a musical baptism. Nigerian afrobeat, Qawwali music and anthems filled with choirs and orchestral strings. The bloody “Trouble in Town”, you could swear it was a Bruce Springsteen unused social commentary/political track. The song packs a real gut punch, as Martin comments on the treatment of non-white people in America. We are greeted with a smooth beat and dark lyrics to having the melody violently pick up.
Martin’s vocals are replaced by an audio tape from a 2013 incident in Philadelphia, in which a police officer named Philip Nace harassed a person of color. The tape and its sensitive content drive home Martin’s point about the mistreatment of people in this country, with the intensity of the instruments giving the song a real sense of power.
The way tracks are sequenced gives you time to breathe with each song. “Everyday Life” makes attempts at arena rock, which peaks at “Church”, “Orphans” and “Arabesque” (an ornamental design consisting of intertwined flowing lines, originally found in Arabic language. Martin follows the big moments by filling the spaces with one to two minute moments of mournful ambience.
Chris Martin and co. take on themes of love, war, racism, faith, gun control, friendship, climate change, police brutality and more. Martin uses multicultural influences, a diverse genre matching, smooth symphonies and orchestral instruments in creating an immersive listening experience with sharp social commentary.
Their inventive magnum opus eighth album is proof that Coldplay can be more adventurous and creative than they’re often given credit for. Their social agenda does not stop them from exploring new sounds, breaking cultural barriers and redefining genre and that’s what they have exactly done with “Everyday Life”.
•Album available on CD, Digital, Vinyl and Cassette Tape
GRADE: ★★★★1/2☆ (4 & 1/2 out of 5)