Great analysis of Atlas, Kalex! I've listened to the song about a dozen more times after reading your review, and I think you really hit the nail on the head about how they reeled in the "Enoxification"of Atlas with a balance of instruments and sounds as the song builds momentum. The end result is a song that while dabbling in something trippy, still sounds musical... and most importantly - like Coldplay!Overall, Atlas is a pleasant mix of both old and new Coldplay. It successfully draws inspiration from a variety of aspects of Coldplay's previous works and manages at the same time to entice an exciting new future for the band. 8/10.
Nice to see another Carolinian on the Forum