After a four year hiatus, Coldplay has reminded the world that they are indeed still here.
The acclaimed British rock band, which built a name for itself with tracks like “Viva La Vida," ”The Scientist” and “Fix You,” released an ambitious double album on Nov. 22.
The return to the spotlight is marked by their eighth studio album, “Everyday Life,” a sonically and politically charged album which addresses gun control, police brutality and environmental issues.
The album runs about 52 minutes, incorporating piano, orchestra, gospel choir and Middle Eastern influences. Holistically, it has an uplifting yet often melancholy sound.
Across the pond, the album is making headlines as it recently nabbed the title as No. 1 album in the UK and the third fastest selling album this year.
The album is split into two eight-track parts and offers an experimental musical palette — the kind only an established band like Coldplay can get away with. The introductory track, “Sunrise,” provides an instrumental opening to the album. “BrokEn” employs a church choir in a gospel music-inspired anthem.
Among the more uplifting tracks of the album are “Church” and “Orphans,” an ode to carefree times with friends. The last two songs, “Champion of the World” and “Everyday Life,” round out the album with an empowering energy.
But it wouldn’t be a Coldplay production without a few piano ballads. “Daddy” is the leading piano ballad of “Everyday Life.” “Bani Adam” follows on the second side of the album; its title is written in Arabic script.
“WOTW / POTP” heads in a more experimental direction. The ballad is candid — just frontman Chris Martin and his guitar. The recording is so far from past ultra-produced songs that it even seems to contain a few mistakes by Martin on the guitar. The track also features a sample of nature noises, similar to the opening sample from “Hymn for the Weekend,” a track on Coldplay’s previous album, "A Head Full of Dreams."
In addition to bold musical variations, the album takes a fierce stance on the band’s shared beliefs.
One of the catchiest tracks on the album, “Trouble in Town,” is also the most profound.The song opens with piano and a dark, luring drum beat. “Trouble in Town” samples a racially-charged altercation between a Philadelphia police offer and a citizen, making a statement about police force that extends past borders.
“Guns” has a country sound that may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying this track’s significant message. In just under two minutes, the rock group calls out the devaluation of the arts, corporate greed and gun violence.
The lyrics are no surprise, as the group recently made headlines for actions they are taking against furthering carbon emissions. The group recently revealed they will not tour again, for environmental reasons, until they can find a way to create a carbon-neutral tour.
“Everyday Life” takes musical inspirations from different countries and makes political statements that maintain their relevance across the world.