Many people – including the band – thought Coldplay might be coming to an end after the whirlwind world tour that followed 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams. Thankfully they’re back with their eighth album Everyday Life.
On opener Sunrise, the band shows more sophistication and adventurousness than on all three of their previous albums combined, with captivating orchestral instrumentals. It’s followed by the breezy late-90s breakbeat of Church, which recalls the carefree acoustic vibe of debut Parachutes.
All the highlights come early on. The sub-rhythms and subtle Malian funk of Trouble in Town show a new facet to Coldplay’s sound. Daddy is a beautifully tender piano ballad, up there with Fix You or The Scientist.
Lead single Orphans is the standout of a largely forgettable second half. Frontman Chris Martin plays the pied piper on this shimmering party anthem, leading a child choir in an exuberant chorus which will stick in the brain for days. However, would have made more of an impact earlier on the record.
Overall, Everyday Life sees Coldplay shrug off their inhibitions, and for the most part, makes for a commendable, revitalising listen.