After my initial short review, lets play the game of ranking the songs with some random comments.
Sunrise- 7/10. I can’t compare it to the other opening tracks, even LiT. Not the best track on the album but the strings are just relaxing and beautiful, I would love to hear it live to open a gig (will probably never happen).
Church - 6.5/10. A pretty good song but too much modern Coldplay flaws, don’t like Chris vocals in the first verse at all (I even struggle to understand them). Second part is better tho.
Trouble in Town - 9/10. What a great song. Just don’t know what to think about the snippets. The first one definitely adds core to the song but I could have done without the second one.
BrokEn - 5/10. Maybe the weakest song, too American, lack of band participation, and out of place in the album in between Trouble in Town and Daddy. Still deserves the average score, at least they tried something.
Daddy - 8.5/10. Simple, effective and so many early CP / Viva demos vibes in there. Cheesy lyrics but when the way they are delivered is ace, you almost forget it. For someone who was clearly sick of Chris’ voice in the last few years, this is just great to have such a track. Their best ballad for a long while imo.
WOTW/POTP - N/A.
Arabesque - 9.5/10. My thoughts are the same as when the song was released : the best Coldplay song in terms of inspiration, risk taking and final output since Viva. I’m trying not to listen to it too much since the album has leaked, but I think I can’t be tired of it, this is just too good.
When I Need A Friend - 6/10. Don’t know about this one, very short without the voice snippet, it’s haunting for sure but not much more.
Guns - 6.5/10. The snippet was so promising that I got too excited. In the end it’s a good song, raw, cool lyrics, but I was expecting more. I don't mind songs like Eko or Old Friends being short acoustic ballads, but I expected more from a song that had so much potential. Also a bit out of place if we consider it as an opening track. Still good for what it is.
Orphans - 7.5/10. A bit out of place, but not because of the contrast with the rest of the album. It’s just randomly placed after Guns. I don’t mind a more upbeat song in a darker album, like I did not mind ASFOS in GS (though Orphans is way better imo). Short enough to avoid being repetitive, the bridge may be botched but it’s still catchy af.
Eko - 7/10
Cry Cry Cry - 7/10
Old Friends - 7/10
Love Chris’ voice on Eko. Cry Cry Cry keeps growing on me, such a cool song with a catchy chorus. Old Friends is the Parachutes of the album I would say (it’s always positive then). I hope that overtime these three songs won’t be fillers, but atm they all fit well in the album.
Bani Adam - 7.5/10
Champion of The World - 9/10
Bani Adam into COTW could have been the perfect closing track of the album imo. The two-parts instrumental is really cool (love the guitar) with a perfect transition to one of the best tracks of the album.
Everyday Life - 7/10. It gets better with every listen, but still suffers from the live version (though it’s not a valid argument to rank it, a lot of songs are better live). Fits better as a closer than I thought when it was released (the lyrics justify it anyway), but I really think COTW would have been a better closing track.
Looks like EL has an average score of 73/100, which (1) isn't bad at all, I may be severe on some songs, others will grow on me, (2) does not give real clue about the actual quality of the album when you take it as a whole, it was mainly for the sake of the song by song review. At least it definitely shows that my personal favorites are Trouble in Town, Daddy, Arabesque and Champion of the World!
I think this album will be very good as a whole overtime, songs like Cry Cry Cry have real potential too. The main critiques are that it may be too much Chris-focused at times, but also the order of the album. BrokEN does not fit between Trouble in Town and Daddy, Guns as an opening track of Sunset is a bit random imo. I think Everyday Life as a Sunset opening track and COTW as the closer could have been really cool.
But Everyday Life is definitely the best modern Coldplay album (by a mile) in my opinion, so I'm happy to witness it!