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Coldplay bravely asserts heady issues

December 4, 2019 | Dang Le | campus editor
“Everyday Life,” Coldplay. Coldplay makes a bold decision to emphasize the lyrical content while simplifying their production for their eighth studio album.
“Everyday Life,” Coldplay. Coldplay makes a bold decision to emphasize the lyrical content while simplifying their production for their eighth studio album.

With “Everyday Life,” Coldplay returns to its original sound after four consecutive albums that leaned more towards pop and mainstream audiences.

Sonically, the album mixes the classic and undeniably catchy guitar riffs with its new exotic unconventional production.

Ever since “X&Y” back in 2005, Coldplay’s albums are cleaner and more overproduced. With this record, it almost feels like Chris Martin, the band’s lead vocalist, pours all his emotions and is in a lot of pain witnessing everything happening in the world.

The album is extravagant, cinematic and melodramatic in every second.

Of the brilliant samplings incorporated into the album, the most impactful is the 2013 Philadelphia incident displaying racial profiling and police brutality.

Using the injustice aspect of this conversation, followed by the consistent drum background to build the tension of the situation, the band magically creates one of the most real and raw moments in music history.

Unlike their recent albums where one can listen absentmindedly, listening to “Everyday Life” is a journey. It demands attention to every little detail to appreciate its sophistication.

Because of the topics, some songs that work in the context of the album will not work by themselves. However, “Daddy,” “Cry Cry Cry” and the album’s best, “Arabesque” are career highlights that are excellent on their own.

“Everyday Life” is a double album split over two parts, titled ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Sunset.’ However, only seven out of 16 tracks are fully completed.

With everything that is happening in the world, nothing is complete, and each song is a specific thought about a separate story, which explains the simplicity of the tracks in terms of length and production.

In the title track, the band wonders in the pre-hook whether they are the future or history. No question needed because Coldplay will be remembered for life with this album.

After releasing tracks featuring mainstream acts, the band chooses to work with less known artists in this project. Together, the band and the featurings create the unified dynamics calling out conflicts, racism combined with tender moments in the most heartfelt way.

“Everyday Life” is about everyday life in its most vulnerable form, and it is Coldplay’s best record thus far.

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