Ok, I totally did not expect this, I thought it wouldn't be possible to connect with a Coldplay album after the last couple of albums, especially the last one. I didn't even buy a physical copy of AHFOD, just a few songs on itunes. Everyday Life -> preordered!
The intro is so breathtaking.
Is it me, or am I not seeing that much love for Church? I like it very much. Even though the production is much more smooth. The music and the hopeful vibe reminds me a lot of the song Save Me from Gotye, which is a big favourite. I think the production works well, not overdone and I dislike a lot of production from MX/GS/AHFOD.
A little getting used to Broken, but it's happy and uplifting gospel, very nice. Also needed to listen a few times to When I need a friend, but the emotion/singing is so intense, it does grab me. The piano part on Bani adam is something I've been hoping for since Postcards from far away. Beautiful!
Trouble in town: Amazing.. but that agressive movie sample or whatever it is.. it's too harsh and it breaks up the song. Wish they left it out. I really hope they have completely left it out on the non-explicit version! On Arabesque the swearing at the end is perfect, it's the exact emotion you want there to just grab you.
Daddy: slow and beautiful! And the only other long song with Arabesque. Eko and Arabesque are my other favourites.
Guns and champion of the world, great too. So many things going on, on this album, it keeps me wanting to listen to it over and over. It's not exactly an album album like Viva, where everything just fits and flows prefectly, but that's fine. It's diverse and interesting, much more real and raw than their 3 albums before this one. It's also a perfect autumn/winter album : )
I'm excited for the Jordan concert, I hope they are going to do some special things.
This whole ranking thing: I dont get it. In my opinion an album needs it's time to find it's place. And when you've been listening to an album for over 10 years, its like a 'musical relationship'. Rush, Parachutes, Viva and X&Y are special to me, they were there in certain times, bring back memories. No new album, even if I'm absolutely over the moon by it, can just sit next to one of those albums that I've been listening to for all those years and years.