Everyday Life

Coldplay - Everyday Life
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Based on 29 reviews
2019 Ratings: #620 / 767
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Based on 733 ratings
2019 Ratings: #633
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The Telegraph
It is, as ever, heart-on-sleeve stuff, with all of Coldplay’s musical diversions bound together by Martin’s golden gift for melody, almost simplistically direct lyrics and emotive crooning. But, oh my goodness, you’d have to be made of sterner stuff than I to resist.

Everyday Life certainly shatters the illusion that Coldplay is a boring, safe band – so if nothing else, that’s a start.

Entertainment Weekly

While Everyday Life is bursting with thoughts on modern life, it also has the big-tent pop moments that made Coldplay one of the 21st century’s most reliable arena acts.

The Line of Best Fit
On an expansive, emotional, epic gauntlet, Coldplay are a far cry from the band who rang in this decade, and they’re all the better for it.

These songs are sometimes more exciting in theory than in practise, but ‘Everyday Life’ regularly steps to the left-field, proving that Coldplay are more adventurous than they’re often given credit for.


Closing a decade defined by stadium-sized hits of optimism, Coldplay manages to grow even bigger with Everyday Life, absorbing flavors from across the globe with their most indulgent and, perhaps, poignant album yet.

Rolling Stone
The easy-listening rock kings deepen their politics and globe-trotting sound on a downright compelling LP.

All told, Everyday Life is an album of exploration, a wandering excursion of sound and tone, of feeling and reflection. It doesn’t have as many immediate show stoppers as we’ve been fed in the past, rather it offers a more subtle and scaled back approach to presenting its messages.

Consequence of Sound

They are here to make a statement while also releasing their familiar emotional ballads. Everyday Life mixes the magic of “old” Coldplay with their smash hits that have kept them at the top for so long. And it works.


Everyday Life lives between the stripped-down comfort of Ghost Stories and the mercurial nature of Viva La Vida, but most importantly, it provides more hope than ever that they have another masterpiece in them.


They sound refreshed, revitalised, and on their best form since Viva La Vida, even if the quality does vary throughout the record.

Despite the album’s missteps, Coldplay manage to find themselves pockets of beauty in the midst of the chaos that they themselves have ironically created, to craft something melodically unique that whisks us back to 2008’s watermark 'Viva La Vida' era.
The Young Folks
Coldplay have somehow become unpredictable, mercifully avoiding the same mundanity of everyday life.
Despite its sprawling architecture, the album is one of the band’s most consistent, unified works.
A.V. Club

Everyday Life is, like everyday life, kind of a mess—a jumble of ideas and aspirations and successes and failures. In that way, it might be the most human thing Coldplay has ever done.

The Guardian

Balancing continued vast commercial success with something more exploratory is tough to do ... On Everyday Life, Coldplay use the breadth of a double album to try again.

The Independent

Tackling gun control and police brutality, Coldplay’s eighth album is a valiant, if flawed, attempt to break from tradition.

The Observer
It’s not all geopolitical angst ... But they’re rather less engaging when they hit the stadium preset buttons.
No Ripcord

Everyday Life may not be able to reach the peaks of Coldplay’s work in the 2000s or have the discipline of the mostly-minimalist Ghost Stories, but it shows a level of creativity, imagination and sheer enjoyment in making music that felt like it had been lost.


Everyday Life has more blunders than hits, but let's give Coldplay some credit — they've got a "go big or go home" attitude that's entertaining, even when it misses the mark.

The Needle Drop

Everyday Life is a well-produced but unfocused album with an incomplete message.

Under The Radar

Over the course of the whole record, the uninspired songwriting becomes a bit tiring, so the album as a whole is a disappointment for a band with so much talent and past successes, especially as prior to its release Everyday Life was suggested to be an experimental album and is anything but.

Coldplay releasing a better album than Kanye West is probably the plot twist of the year
When Coldplay and "2010s" are mentioned in the same sentence, there's two things I think of: a CGI monkey holding a Beats By Dre speaker and "†hê Çhåïñ§mðkêr§ & ÇðlÐþlå¥"

So, in other words, I'm not a fan. But if Coldplay somehow got a music video with better CGI than some of Disney's live action remakes, I shouldn't be betting an arm or a leg just to hear them make a great album, ... read more
The funny thing is that there will probably be at least one Coldplay fan who will say: "yeah my favorite Coldplay song is بني آدم"

After "A Head Full of Dreams", Coldplay have opted for a very different direction. Chris Martin and his family are back with a double album that contrasts with their latest tasteless productions. Against all odds, "Everyday Life" is their darkest, saddest and least radio friendly album to date. It is as charming as it is ... read more
“Everyday Life” is bold, uncharted territory for Coldplay. ‘Arabesque’ is their first use of psychedelia or profanity or jazz.

this “double album” effort attempts to create an atmospheric journey; a successor similar to that of the Head Full of Dreams tour.

“Guns” contains urgent guitars with lyrics of political turmoil, and “Trouble in Town” ends with a retelling of police brutality in Philadelphia
Mr Martin may I direct your attention to the latest edition of 'The Rules of Rock n' Roll', in particular can I get you to read Rule 1, yes the first thing in the book that's right:

1. If it has been long established that you are a butt boring band UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES are you allowed to release a double album.


12. Never pad out your album with hymns.

Also also:

17. If you have run dry on inspiration just add in more gospel.

You're saying you did add a little gospel...ok, but did ... read more
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Track List


  1. Sunrise
  2. Church
  3. Trouble In Town
  4. BrokEn
  5. Daddy
  6. WOTW / POTP
  7. Arabesque
  8. When I Need a Friend
  1. Guns
  2. Orphans
  3. Èkó
  4. Cry Cry Cry
  5. Old Friends
  6. بنی آدم
  7. Champion of the World
  8. Everyday Life

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Added on: October 21, 2019