Album Review: Everyday Life by COldplay

Henri Robbins | Staff Writer

Coming into this, I expected to be absolutely unenthused. I had a list of quips to make about how bland Coldplay is, how generic their music sounds, and how little I reacted to the tracks of the album. I had it all laid out, ready to take the shots, but this album ended up surprising me. Moving past the expected, unchallenging, Super-Bowl-Halftime-show-esque stylings of their previous works, Coldplay’s Everyday Life has some genuinely great moments. As a strong delve into politics, something which the band isn’t exactly known for, it’s able to tackle broad issues with a minimizing, human perspective. Tracks Trouble in Town and Daddy touch on well-known sociopolitical issues in a humanizing, if still expected perspective. Similarly, the commentary throughout is able to hold meaning, and is a promising delve into social awareness. Instrumentals in tracks such as Arabesque, along with incorporations of multilingual lyrics, are unexpectedly compelling and serve to make the double LP feel much more cohesive than it would be otherwise. The sound is, of course, the same that Coldplay has typically promised. While it may not be perfect, it’s still pretty good if you like their brand of easy-to-listen rock, and has many tracks which are a comfortable departure from the expected. Overall, while this album may be pretty good in a lot of senses, the most surprising twist was that it was able to get me to listen to a Coldplay album all the way through.