Everyday Life Leak Discussion [SPOILERS INSIDE]

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So I wrote something about listening to Everyday Life and how it makes me feel and depression. I'd appreciate if some of you could take a look at the thread (didn't wanna post it here because the subject matter is a bit heavy):


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here are my thoughts about two listens in:
it's pretty fantastic. 8/10

sunrise: stunning, perhaps it's a tad long but the strings sound so gorgeous i couldn't really care less
church: maybe a touch too repetitive but i dig the production on this one, and the tune is nice enough
trouble in town: banger, in contrast from a lot you here, i think the police sample is f***ing fantastic and pushes the song to a visceral sort of space. only complaint is that i wish the distorted guitar in the bridge was louder...why is the guitar getting hidden in the mix all the time???
brokEn: also in contrast to a lot here, i love this song. it's feel good gospel, i don't feel like chris sounds out of place with the choir. feels really classic singalong to me, honestly in the best way.
daddy: just heartbreakingly beautiful. it resonated with me in a very personal way.
WOTW/POTP: demo-- yes, but it adds to the weird nature of the record. the fact that it's like a soundbite/voice memos sort of thing isn't really a turn off, and though it could've probably been fleshed out into something decent, i don't think i needs to be.
arabesque: best song on the record, probably. so much so i kind of wish i had waited to hear it with the rest of the record; i would've loved to be blown away again.
when i needed a friend: don't get how jo while cried over this, but it's dope. jacob collier does his thing on this one. wish chris's vocals were a little louder though.
guns: nice short cut, i personally i haven't heard music like this so it's uniqueness is what makes it above average. nothing to write home about though...it's over too quickly to make any other sort of lasting impression.
orphans: pop banger. enough said.
éko: the composition (chords, melody, structure) is up there with the most beautiful coldplay songs, such as prospekt's march/poppyfields and a rush a blood to the head. the modulations are wonderful; so much color packed in such a short track.
cry cry cry: a throwback vibe. i don't know if i'm completely sold yet on coldplay's performance on this track., though it is a nice enough tune itself.
old friends: charming. basically éko, but not as striking in my opinion.
bani adam: best instrumental they've ever done. this is what a quality interlude sounds like, coldplay.
champion of the world: absolutely do NOT get the hype when it comes to this track. i understand the comparisons to AROBTTH but it's sounds like a cheap derivative of the sound they crafted on that record and even on X&Y. the melody isn't particularly interesting, and the progression feels soooo repetitive. that's the thing with pop: you want to have repetition so that it's catchy but the progression and melody themselves have to be interesting enough to prevent becoming stale after each cycle. i don't think coldplay succeeded in making this one. i'd use this song as evidence to back up claims by critics who say coldplay sounds like white bread and wallpaper, to be honest.
everyday life: makes way more sense in the context of the record. more bombast after the (somewhat bland) bombast of COTW wasn't the best choice. it's a hopeful way to end the record. beautiful work lads.
 

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Playthrough number: who knows? But this is turning to be a grower for me, liking it more and more.

Good/Great/Would listen again: Church, Trouble in Town, Orphans, Champion of the World, Everyday Life, Sunrise, Daddy, Arabesque, When I Need a Friend, Eko, Old Friends,

The rest/me no likey: BrokEn, WOTW/POTP, Guns, Bani Adam, Cry Cry Cry

I think I just had to be in certain state of mind to appreciate certain songs, and I guess I am in that mood now, lol.

So, what are my rankings now...?

S Tier
1. AROBTTH (Mastapiece)

A Tier
T-2. Parachutes
T-2. X&Y
T-2. GS (Im a sucker for love/breakup albums)

B Tier
5. Viva (overrated. good, but overrated)
6. EL

C Tier
7. MX
8. AHFOD

When I apparently controversially asked how EL projected on everyone's tier list after 3 songs, I guess for me personally, it projected to be A tier. I guess my disappointment came from it not living up to that hype with the rest of the tracks. Not the fault of the band obviously, but my own expectations. Nevertheless, I feel pretty sure about my rankings. Wish I could have more separation on A tier, but its really based on mood I guess lol
 
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So I wrote something about listening to Everyday Life and how it makes me feel and depression. I'd appreciate if some of you could take a look at the thread (didn't wanna post it here because the subject matter is a bit heavy):


Thanks :heart:
So I wrote something about listening to Everyday Life and how it makes me feel and depression. I'd appreciate if some of you could take a look at the thread (didn't wanna post it here because the subject matter is a bit heavy):


Thanks :heart:
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Does anyone know why there's a clip of kids chanting/singing at the end of Trouble in Town? I won't be bothered by it if there's a reason for it. With Coldplay, there usually is but I'm curious.

trouble in town: banger, in contrast from a lot you here, i think the police sample is f***ing fantastic and pushes the song to a visceral sort of space. only complaint is that i wish the distorted guitar in the bridge was louder...why is the guitar getting hidden in the mix all the time???
Agree about the guitar. I wish it was a hair louder. I can hear it well enough when it matters but louder would be appreciated.
 

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1. AROBTTH
2. VLV
...
3. X&Y
4. Parachutes
5. MX
6. Everyday Life
....
7. GS
...
8. AHFOD


I will say, it takes Coldplay songs/albums a LONG time to grow on me. A lot of it depends on how good the live performances are. Since this album has so many good musical bits and is unique, there's a chance it could move into 3/4/5 for me. But I don't see it touching AROBTTH or VLV.

The album feels a little disjointed at the moment to me, and undeveloped. We went from way way too overproduced on AHFOD to a bit underproduced on EL. Having said that, Church, Trouble in Town, Arabesque, Eko, Daddy, COTW, Old Friends, and Cry Cry Cry are really good. I wish When I Need a Friend was a bit longer and fleshed out because it's so good. (On second thought, there is something to the shortness and simplicity of it)
But WOTP/POTP should be a fully recorded song with the whole band, like wtf. It sounds good but it's like I'm trying to hear my mom over the phone. Like what is he saying, it sounds good but I want to HEAR the song.

The acoustic guitar is so good on this album. Unbelievable work from Chris, that we've never really seen before.

I really admire how much Chris pushed himself on this album. And Guy too. I just wish it had a little more flow and more Jonny.
 

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The acoustic guitar is so good on this album. Unbelievable work from Chris, that we've never really seen before.

I really admire how much Chris pushed himself on this album. And Guy too. I just wish it had a little more flow and more Jonny.
Wild thought: what if the acoustic guitar parts are mostly Jonny's doing (wishful thinking)? That would explain why we ''hear'' him so little on the electric guitar.
 

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Hello friends, I don't think i have written in here in something like 5 years and that should be enough of a sign of how fucking great this album is.

My thoughts are a bit messy but i'll try to find some kind of cohesiveness.

Let's start with the """weak""" points which in my opinion aren't weak at all:
- lack of cohesiveness, in my opinion albums that are way too cohesive are boring, repetitive, don't really branch out, i prefer an album that isn't cohesive but every song is unique and totally different from the other and offers something new
- this is a "chris album" and the others can barely heard: totally disagree with this, this is the first album since Parachutes and arguably X&Y where you can actually HEAR Guy, and holy shit, the basslines are the absolute highlight of the entire album, the wild drumming is back and im here for it, as for jonny, yeah i agree that his electric guitar can be heard in like... 1/4 of the album but we literally have no evidence that chris is the one playing the acoustics in the album, maybe what we hear is all Jonny, we need to see how they play the songs live on the 22nd

That's about it when it comes to the negative, now here's the ranking:
Standouts:
- trouble in town (maybe my favorite coldplay song ever and im not even joking)
- arabesque (still can't believe theyve done THAT)
- eko (this sounds straight out of a elbow album, ive always wanted this)
- guns (holy shit the guitars and lyrics in this little masterpiece, also it reminds me of radioheads "i might be wrong" acoustic version)
- old friends (again, the guitar HOLY SHIT the guitar jesus christ the beginning sounds like an Hozier song, amazing outstanding revolutionary)

Songs i really like because of how different they are from the rest of their discography:
- church (basically if Massive Attack were to make a pop album, the drums sound like proper Massive Attack drums)
- broken (i like gospel songs in hip hop albums (take kanye west) so this is nice)
- cry cry cy (really gets stuck in your head)
- bani adam (the piano in it makes me cry)

Least favourites but not at all bad songs:
- daddy (not a fan of corny ballads sorry)
- orphans (its actually a great pop song i just don't think its that different from any of the other pop songs you hear BUT shout-out to the deep lyrics)
- everyday life (eh)
- champions of the world (sorry i just..... i dont get this song, i dont get why its so hyped, not a fan of its production and structure)
- when i need a friend (probably my least favourite)

Ranking compared to the other albums:
- Parachutes
- Viva la Vida
- Everyday Life
- A rush of blood to the head
- MX
- X&Y
- AHFOD
- Ghost Stories
 

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1. AROBTTH
2. Parachutes
3. VLV
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4. X&Y
5. Everyday Life
6. Ghost Stories
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7. Mylo Xyloto
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8. AHFOD

Could easily move up I guess. An ambitious and bold record. They didn't play it safe and they should be applauded for still taking risks and trying to stay relevant 20 years after the Brothers & Sisters EP. I had given up on them after AHFOD (Something Just Like This being the final nail in the coffin). But this is an unexpected comeback.

It's a bit disjointed and maybe a bit too ambitious in trying to cram too many influences into one (relatively short!) double album. U2 comparisons are pretty stale by now, but it did immediately remind me of Rattle and Hum. Also an album where a band tries to appropriate influences that may not always fit the band very well. Instead of only turning towards Americana, Coldplay did incorporate a whole other bunch of genres and world music influences. Coldplay will probably also be ripped apart by some critics for making an album that sounds a bit too self-indulgent. Both albums are a weird mixture of absolutely stunning songs, weird vignettes and songs that sometimes take the band too far out of their comfort zone.

But... it somehow works. It helps that some of the songs are among the best they've written. The short vignettes (I mean the intro, the demo, short songs, interludes, soundbites, choir and gospel songs) kind of give it a cut and paste feel. But maybe that was exactly the point. After all, isn't that what everyday life is all about? A weird mixture of disjointed moments that hopefully fit together well enough to make it all worthwile?
 

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- church (basically if Massive Attack were to make a pop album, the drums sound like proper Massive Attack drums)
My thoughts exactly! It starts out like a Massive Attack rip off. It also ends like one with a trip hop beat and trippy vocals.
I absolutely hated it at first. It's probably the most overproduced song on the record. But it's grown on me and now it's one of my favourites.
 

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trouble in town: banger, in contrast from a lot you here, i think the police sample is f***ing fantastic and pushes the song to a visceral sort of space. only complaint is that i wish the distorted guitar in the bridge was louder...why is the guitar getting hidden in the mix all the time???
I totally agree with that! The music floats so perfectly into the police sample and Chris' soft singing in the background while we hear the sample is just great great great and makes the song even sound more agressive at the end!
Coldplay should produce more songs with the word "Trouble" in the title. Always great songs :joy::cool:
 

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Only thing that makes me a little sad about this album is that mainstream listeners will prob judge it harshly before really listening a lot . Like this album grows on you a lot , once you look at lyrics and how they arranged it . First time heard it I had a lot of what is this feelings lol now I’m like wow this is fantastic . I’m really looking forward to all the rest of their fans hearing this :)
 

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Have followed this forum for years, but am just creating a profile today. Wanted to get in on the EL talk. I've listened to it countless times already that it's probably unhealthy. Oh well.....

I think the album is fantastic but almost it's own type of beast as opposed to previous releases. Favorites are Church, Trouble in Town, Daddy, Guns and Champion of the World. I already know that I like this more than the three albums I have listed below it. It's too early to see where it lands long-term after the dust settles. Going into this album (and I hated AHFOD, sans Birds), I said I wanted this to be in the top 4 of their releases. I think this will surpass Parachutes for me, thus cracking that barrier. Also, I know AROBTTH is better than MX objectively. MX holds a special place in my heart.

1. Viva
2. MX (got me through tough times)
3. AROBTTH
4. Parachutes
5. EL
6. X&Y
7. GS
8. AHFOD

Overall I couldn't be much more satisfied. I'm not crazy about BrokEn or Cry,Cry,Cry but they objectively aren't even bad.
 

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Had to really think on this album all week, but here's my review.

TLDR: It's a 9/10 for me. I love this era, despite its flaws, and really am so glad I've stuck with Coldplay all these years. As I get older and love all types of music, it's great to see Coldplay growing and ACTUALLY experimenting on an album, with sounds, with format, and with lyrics. I think without a doubt this album secures them (in my mind) as one of the best rock/pop bands of all time and I hope they get a lot of recognition for this.

Everyday Life is Coldplay’s most alternative (different) album. It’s not necessarily their “Kid A” – it still has elements of pop and clean production, but it’s the closest we’ll get. The album definitely carries over elements of all 7 of Coldplay’s albums, and I wouldn’t be surprised if most of these tracks were just demos the band revisited (Arabesque and Bani Adam already confirmed).

It’s difficult comparing EL to other albums, Coldplay or otherwise. But I can definitively say, for my taste, it’s my favorite album since Viva. It isn’t perfect. The choice to make a double album at 52 minutes in length was potentially unnecessary, and I think it’s hard to please an audience with 16 unique tracks. I think everyone will have at least one or two tracks they don’t vibe with, but that’s the risk Coldplay took and I’m here for it.

The length of these tracks will be controversial as well. On the whole I really liked Coldplay’s choice to deliver smaller more concise songs, but occasionally it made me crave more runtime (Guns, WOTW/POTP), or more instrumentation & more contributions from the band. Additionally, I think some songs break the flow and vibe of the tracklist (just like X&Y) and its distracting, namely Orphans and Cry Cry Cry.

But where I think this album wildly succeeds, and where it merits a lot of praise from fans and critics, is in its bravery to directly address political issues and honest, raw feelings. We should also celebrate that even though the structure of the album (Sunrise, Sunset) isn’t well explained, it’s cool they’ve tried something different and conceptual.

Sunrise - 10/10
Incredible, incredible song. It’s mysterious, somber, yet hopeful. I think this track is perfect and I wish they’d just let Davide Rossi into the band. Few bands can pull something off this cinematic.
Church – 7/10
This song will grow on me, but as of now it’s one of my lesser favorites. The skittering drum beat and swelling synths sound almost Blur or Beck in the 90's. I like Jonny’s guitar lines and how the song eventually feels like an Arabic pop track. But I also find the melody to be less memorable than most other tracks. ([erhaps the Stargate production cursed me).
Trouble In Town – 9.5/10
The clear Radiohead comparisons don’t keep this track from being incredible. I love the messy guitar and bass, the soft drums and piano. Lyrically Chris touches on some of the darkest material yet – racial violence. The real-life sample of a policeman interrogating an innocent black man is profoundly unsettling. I absolutely love the aggressive drums, guitar, and off-kilter synthesizers that swell in and out. It’s chaotic in the best way. I do wish the mixing was slightly cleaner and the guitar more audible, but that’s only a minor complaint.
BrokEn – 8.5/10
I love the lyrics, the melody, the gospel choir – it’s clear that Chris recorded this on his iphone at some point in time and decided to throw it on the album. I’m so glad we have this in Coldplay’s canon, but I also don’t know if it was essential to the album. But as a standalone track, it’s great.
Daddy – 10/10
This track is the real dark horse of the album. Coldplay’s best piano ballad track of the decade and possibly ever. Chris delivers the most honest performance I’ve ever heard. Where tracks like O or Everglow are certainly gorgeous and meaningful, they don’t’ carry the same emotional weight of Daddy. I assume Chris writes from the perspective of a child missing their parent while they’re away/dead. And it absolutely wrecks me. In contention for my favorite track.
WOTW/POTP – 8/10
Could have been cut. I like what’s here for its rawness and honesty, and the melody seems like going somewhere great, but I don’t really know why you’d put a demo THIS uncomplete on your album. That said, it’s a nice palate cleanser after Daddy.
Arabesque – 10/10
The horns, the slinky guitar rhythm, the sax solo, the features of Davide Rossi, Femi Kuti, Brian Eno, and Stromae. This track is pure magic. I only wish more tracks could have delivered a similar vibe to this one. It’s amazing.
When I Need A Friend – 9/10
Another showstopper. The choir, the rain, the echo of a church. It feels like this would be a classical Christmas song in some other universe, but no, here it is on a Coldplay album. This however, is 100% one of those tracks that could have been longer. Take the minute from WOTW/POTP and add it to this and you have a perfect song. I also love the recording of the man at the end and his message. Thank you Jacob Collier for producing this.
Guns – 8.5/10
Again, wish this track was more flushed out. But what’s here is great. The lyrics are actually quite effective and cutting. I love Chris finally just saying “Everyone’s gone f**king crazy” and being so politically charged. The whole “STOP” thing isn’t my favorite, but it’s catchy and establishes the folksier side to Sunset.
Orphans – 9/10
One of Coldplay’s best singles. The bouncy bass, the lyrics, the shouted chorus. It’s great despite its clear U2 vibes. Does it fit on this album? Maybe a more stripped back version would have flowed better, but it’s a great song.
Eko – 9.5/10
Beautiful. The classical guitar and piano are blissful and Chris’ falsetto fits in perfectly. Lyrically I love what I’m hearing, but not sure if I’ve made out the whole story yet. Love the “in Africaaaa” and the female backing vocals. This song sounds like medicine.
Cry Cry Cry – 9/10
This song takes me dancing and puts a big smile on my face. I love the lyrics, the du-wops by the band. The pitched vocals also sound great. But like Orphans, does it fit in? I almost feel as if this track would have been better off on AHFOD/LP9. But as a standalone, I love it.
Old Friends – 9.5/10
I listen to a lot of folk music, so I really love this and all the fingerpicking. Could have been released in the Parachutes era easily. It feels more in line with Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley. The sentiment is relatable and real. Again, Chris feels more honest than ever before.
Bani Adam – 10/10
The 1:30 of piano goes right up there with Postcards From Far Away. Like Sunrise, it delivers a classical feel that I never expected from Coldplay’s music and it’s remarkably beautiful and sad. The last half of the song makes me think Brian Eno was involved. I love the sparkling guitar and soft rumbling bass. The recitation of the poem is also perfectly executed. Stunning song.
Champion of the World – 9/10
I could see this track being played at the end of a coming of age movie. It is super catchy, slinky and well performed. Love the vibe of the guitars and the melody. It builds up perfectly and feels nicely paced as the albums big finale. It is catchy, emotional, and an instant Coldplay classic that I think all fans will enjoy. Plus, the fact that they sampled Scott Hutchison is really powerful to me as a big Frightened Rabbit fan.
Everyday Life – 7/10
Just good for me. The opening strings and bells are awesome, but I don’t like the piano production and I think the melody is phoned in and too predictable despite some solid X&Y vibes. The track is just underwhelming in all departments compared every other track on the album. I do like the lyrics and Chris’ final thoughts for this era quite a bit: “At sunrise, put my arms out open wide. Hallelujah.” Just my taste.
Album Overall – 9/10
It’s an amazing album that deserves a lot of praise. I like every track here which is a first since time since Viva that’s happened, and there are tons of perfect to near perfect songs. As an Oldplayer, I’m so very grateful for this album despite some of its obvious flaws. I look forward to seeing how it charts and how critics receive it.

Note - As a Coldplay fan, I virtually like everything they put out, so objectively these scores are very inflated. I give a lot of 10/10's to imperfect tracks that give me good feels (Yellow, Shiver, Green Eyes, Politik, Square One, Til Kingdom Come, much of Viva, HLH, Midnight, Birds etc.)

1. AROBTTH - 9.6/10
2. Death And All Of His Friends– 9.5/10
3. Parachutes – 9/10
4. Everyday Life - 9/10
5. X&Y – 8.8/10
6. MX – 8.3/10
7. GS – 8/10
8. AHFOD – 8/10
 
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