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  1. Orphans isn't even in the Top 40 in the UK.


    I really avoid looking at the charts these days as they just make me despair..however with streaming, YouTube etc. I don't think they're anywhere near as relevant as they were 20-30 years ago to the state of pop music.


    Coldplay was still relevant during the AHFOD era. If you check the numbers at kworb.net, their singles were pretty successful world wide. AOAL and HFTW got more than 2 billion views combined on Youtube, and the album is one of the most streamed albums on spotify from that year (2015).


    I just think that one year in music feels way longer nowdays. With streaming services, people can listen to many different artists without even having to rely on radio or TV. Talent is more easy to discover and become viral, so there is more competition to get the attention of the general audience. Just look at how many artists have peaked in popularity since the release of AHFOD: Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa, Post Malone, Drake, Imagine Dragons, Cardi B, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, BTS, etc. Not to mention that Urban music (rap, Hip-Hop, trap, Reaggeton) completely conquered the music industry by the time AHFOD was released. Artists like Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, Frank Ocean or Tylor The Creator who started as underground can get hundreds of millions of streams with no promotion at all.


    Considering all of this, the fact that Coldplay has been the number one digital artist since Everyday Life was released is remarkable.

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  2. They ALWAYS do this. They leave the best songs off the albums!

    -MX (Moving to Mars, Christmas Lights)

    -GS (Ghost Story, All Your Friends)

    -AHFoD (All I Can Think About is You, ALIENS)


    Flags is way better than Orphans. Man, I swear.


    Not only is it better, but also it wouldn't be flopping as bad as Orphans on Top 40 radio and streaming services. I mean, I don't despise Orphans. It has some great elements. The production is incredible like the rest of the album; The bass is glorious (one if not the best in a Coldplay song), and the lyrics are meaningful, but I have to admit that the climax is very simple, and I can see why it's not taking off in the mainstream. Flags, on the other hand, is pop perfection.

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  3. What Italian DJ? What did he say?

    I'm missing out.


    Back in early october, there was an italian music journalist who said Coldplay were going to release an experimental record by the end of 2019 and a conventional record in 2020.


    I apologize because I went to search for the primary source, and it's partially wrong. I got the information from a twitter user who got it from the italian journalist's tweet. His source was the Daily Star article from October 7 (I assume many know about this article). It said (And I quote from the article): “The first album is the more experimental side of Coldplay, they probably won’t tour until 2020 when the next one arrives.”

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  4. I just listened to the album for the 5th and last time before the release date as I don't want to ruin the excitement. I have to say that Sunrise and When I Need a Friend grew on me a lot. Also, Orphans sounds better to me when I listen to the album as a whole just like how I felt with ASFOS and Ghost Stories. It's still not that impressive to me (except for the lyrics). It's a shame, but I bet Flags, the bonus track, will be 10 times better. It will probably feel like how Ghost Story and All My Friends got cut from the album. Orphans really was a last minute decision to please the general audience.


    The rest of the album still feels strong. I can't wait for the live performance.

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  5. The songs may cover similar themes, but the albums are based on totally different concepts. Chris clearly stated on recent interviews that Everyday Life is about how they feel on issues that may be controversial. For instance, I thought Daddy was inspired by the children that were separated from their parents at the U.S border. This was my first instinct, but, at the end, the lyrics are vague enough to create our own meaning. It could be about other stuff.


    On the other hand, Kaye's whole purpose was to express his re-encounter with faith after being hospitalized. It just happens that some songs in Everyday Life delve with the whole notion of spirituality, and I have to admit, as an atheist, that faith is a common trait of human beings (Everyday Life).

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  6. I’m glad they’re finally moving away from the MX/AHFOD sound but not gonna lie, I’m not enjoying it as much as I hoped I would

    There's nothing wrong with the MX/AHFOD sound. The songwriting is what actually counts. In my opinion, as long as there's good delivery and creative pop elements, I will be satisfied. I truly enjoyed the energy and high spirit of several songs during these two eras. They truly diversified Coldplay's catalog and seperated them from one-dimensional alternative bands like Keane, Snow Patrol or Muse.

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  7. Sunrise: I didn't care much about this one. It's a good intro, but it doesn't beat Life in Technicolor or MX/Hurts Like heaven. 6/10


    Church: It's a solid pop song. The Chorus is catchy, and I like Chris' delivery. Jonny's guitar fits nicely with the ambient sound. I thought the female voice (I wonder who it is) was a nice addition. 8/10


    Trouble in Town: Great song. The second half was very Pink Floydesque. I liked that it ends with a snippet of kids singing that still managed to fit nicely with the beat. 9/10


    BroKen: It reminds me a lot of Death Will Never Conquer. It's short but it has a nice old-school Rythm & Blues vibe. 7.5/10


    Daddy: I'm not sure how to feel about this one. I think it's the weakest song of the album. Yes, it has the beautiful famous old painters piano riff, but I felt that the song was dragging before the climax, which was the best part of the song. 6/10


    WAOTW/POTW: It's a nice but short acoustic song reminiscent of Parachutes (the track). 7.5/10


    Arabesque: Simply the best song in this album. 10/10


    When I Need a Friend: I still don't know what to think about this song, but it's definitely interesting, and I feel like it will grow on me. It's very church-influenced with modern Gregorian chants, and it has the sad mood for a fairy tale disney movie or a theatrical perfomance. 6.5/10


    Sunset/Sunrise interludes: The church bells remind me of Victorian times for some reason, so I guess they fit well with the early 19th century theme. I can't rate these tracks, but they create a nice interlude. N/A


    Guns: It's a raw, brave, and minimalistic song. It's one of their best alternative tracks in recent years. 7.5/10


    Orphans: It's very uplifting and U2esque, I loved the lyrics and energy, but If I'm being honest, Mylo Xyloto and A Head Full of Dreams had better pop songs than this track. 7/10


    Eko: I really loved this song. It has a quaint and whimsical vibe. The guitar reminds me of Sufjan Stevens from the Carrie and Lowell album. The Chorus is quite charming, and the lyrics are touching. 8/10


    Cry Cry Cry: One of the best songs on the album. I think it's their best attempt at making a pop ballad. I love the rythm and the chorus. I think the production was excellent. I loved the auto-tune background vocals. The lyrics are simple, but I feel like it was intentional like the rest of the tracks. 8.5/10


    Old Friends: Another short song and another acoustic gem. It's soothing with simple but poignant lyrics. The transition and the change of melody at the end is quite beautiful. 8/10


    Bani Adam: An interesting piano-driven instrumental in the first half where Chris was really showing off his skills. Then, the second half fades in. It's groovy and the voice snippets fit quite nicely. 7.5/10


    Champion of The World: One of the best tracks. The transition between Bani Adam and the start of this song gave me goosebumps. It's a soft and charming ballad that keeps building up. It was the second most memorable moment of the album. 9/10


    Everyday life: Another great ballad. Beautiful instrumentation, top-notch production, uplifting lyrics and a lot of soul. 9/10


    Based on the song scores, the album gets an average of 7.8/10


    My Coldplay album ranking as of now:





    Everyday Life

    Mylo Xyloto

    Ghost Stories


    A Head Full of Dreams

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