Sunrise Church Trouble In Town BrokEn Daddy WOTW / POTP Arabesque When I Need a Friend Guns Orphans k Cry Cry Cry Old Friends Champion of the World Everyday Life
If the kaleidoscopic joy of 2015s A Head Full of Dreams feels like a distant memory now, thats naturalit was a different time. In the four years since we last heard from Coldplay, the world has grown more chaotic. Not that there hasnt always been craziness, frontman Chris Martin tells Apple Music, but its so in-your-face all the time. It can only make you feel likeit doesnt matter the consequence, you have to sing whats coming through. In response comes Everyday Life, a double album that finds arguably this centurys biggest and most agreeable rock band attempting to inspire unity, at considerable cost and risk. Its very true to us, Martin says. Thats all I know.
Theyve organized the album conceptually. The first half, Sunrise, opens with strings both somber and hopeful. Its the challenges we see happening in our lives and in lots of other peoples lives, Martin explains. The second, Sunset, is a bit more, How might you meet those challenges? How can one go on? That side kicks off with Guns, an acoustic number in which Martin references Dylan and skewers American gun violence, deadpanning, Melt down all the trumpets, all the trombones and the drums/Who needs education or a thousand splendid suns? Its the most urgent and overtly political theyve sounded since 2002s Politik, which was recorded in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Unlike their most recent output, Everyday Life is similarly raw, interspersed with snippets of ambient sound that lend the album familiar texture: street noise, birdsong, a tense exchange between motorist and police officer. When Martin takes to his piano and sings alongside a gospel chorus in BrokEn, you feel like youre sitting in church a few feet away from them.
While much of the record errs on the side of understatement, there are anthems and grand gestures as well. On Arabesque, the entire band joins forces with Femi Kutis Positive Force for a feverish Afrobeat groove that, in addition to a verse in French, features the central refrain: We share the same blood. That message rings throughout Everyday Life, from the open-armed, choir-led embrace of Orphanswhere Guy Berrymans bassline sets a new gold standard for buoyancyto the spoken-word immediacy of to the twilight skywriting of closing duo Champion of the World and the title track. Everyone hurts, everyone cries, everyone tells each other all kinds of lies, Martin sings on the latter. Everyone falls, everybody dreams and doubts/Got to keep dancing when the lights go out.