Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Coldplay – Everyday Life

Everybody hurts, especially Thomas…


Alfred Soto: “What kind of world do you want it to be?” Chris Martin mewls on this well-arranged example of generalized despair, for despair is easier and chic-er when you’re super-duper rich. He wants a return to “In My Place, “The Scientist,” even “Yellow” — is this the world he wants? 

Joshua Minsoo Kim: The problem with Martin & Co. is that they express simple profundities in ways that beg to be read as mawkish. Largely responsible for this is how songs with presumably meaningful messages are best delivered with personal anecdotes, and Coldplay are often averse to doing such a thing; Martin’s idea of a moving lyric here is “everyone hurts, everyone cries” (thanks bud!) He ends this song of the Shared Human Experience by singing hallelujah multiple times–the irony is surely lost on him.

Josh Langhoff: After some ill-advised forays into Songs Acknowledging The Existence Of Dancing, the world’s most secular praise & worship band returns to its bread and bread: Songs Gesturing Toward Solace And Inspiration. Chris Martin’s fascination with ancient ritual remains constant; “Got to keep dancing when the lights go out,” he advises, as though this is a pungent metaphor and not simply the way people dance. Like many worship slow jams, “Everyday Life” also fits into the category Songs That Have Heard About Music For Airports, though it’s hard to tell whether the band’s ambient soundscape is supposed to be echoing off the stadium ceiling or the heavenly throne. “Fix You” has grown on me over the years, so don’t trust my snap judgments, but the day I trust Chris Martin to create a liminal space is the day I start noticing people’s eye color.

Brad Shoup: The string arrangement and the text are the same industrial-grade flavor of sap. Martin’s string of banalities — everyone hurts, loves, dreams, doubts — are shrugs masquerading as a caress. I’ve no doubt he feels something while intoning “hallelujah” in his lower register. But the only thing that transmits it is the piano.

Thomas Inskeep: Not just Chris Martin mewling over his piano, but Chris Martin mewling inspirational lyrics over his piano with strings, for fuck’s sake.

Wayne Weizhen Zhang: I’ve successfully navigated Coldplay’s eighth album cycle having completely avoided listening to anything until now. It’s not that I’m not a Coldplay fan–I grew up on Viva La Vida and Mylo Xyloto and earlier workrather, my avoidance comes from having just barely stomached their last couple of albums. Listening to Coldplay now just feels like running into an old friend with whom you still feel a familiar sense of warmth–but the conversation never moves past small talk because it’s obvious that times have changed, that you’ve both grown, and you no longer that have that much in common. Nothing about the reach-for-the-stars power balladry “Everyday Life” is bad, but nothing is particularly inspired either. Classic Coldplay tracks like “The Scientist,” “Fix You,” and “Yellow” can bring tears to my eyes; this doesn’t inspire anything but nostalgia for a band that’s clearly past its prime. 

Joshua Copperman: Everyday Life was the most pleasant first listen (and most fun writing a review) I had last year, a band I grew up with finally growing up with me. Sure, this isn’t a great example; the chorus is like an attempt to sing R.E.M. from memory, and the second verse is barely there. But that second verse is most indicative of their direction: “How in the world I am going to see/you as my brother not my enemy?” Convincing everyone that we share the “same! fucking! blood!” is easier said than done, and instead of providing an answer they actually ask a challenging question. Melodically and sonically, this is also a top-tier Coldplay ballad. That outro alone is as purely beautiful as anything they’ve done since “The Escapist”, the most maximalist band in the world realizing they don’t need much more than Chris Martin singing ‘allelu’ to get their point across. Well, that and a string orchestra. 

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4 Responses to “Coldplay – Everyday Life”

  1. lmao the subhead

  2. “The world’s most secular praise and worship band” made me cackle (that entire blurb is excellent)

  3. @Langhoff I lol’d, beautifully written

  4. thanks, you two!

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