AOTY 2019

Everyday Life

Coldplay - Everyday Life
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2019 Ratings: #437 / 605
User Score
Based on 365 ratings
2019 Ratings: #575
November 22, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.
90
Sputnikmusic

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

83
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.

80
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.
80
NME

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.

80
AllMusic

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.

80
Rolling Stone
The easy-listening rock kings deepen their politics and globe-trotting sound on a downright compelling LP.
75
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.

73
Paste

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.

70
musicOMH

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

70
Clash
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.
68
Pitchfork
Despite its sprawling architecture, the album is one of the band’s most consistent, unified works.
67
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.

60
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.

60
The Independent

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

60
The Observer
It’s not all geopolitical angst ... But they’re rather less engaging when they hit the stadium preset buttons.
60
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.

50
Exclaim!

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.

50
The Needle Drop

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

40
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.

JoaoSantos
74
Coldplay is ready to start a new life after rehabilitation, now knowing the dangers of trying hard drugs and collabing with The Chainsmokers
MariellyAkarius
74
Coldplay releasing a better album than Kanye West is probably the plot twist of the year
Inglume
67
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
WhatTheFunk
67
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
TreyLikesBands
89
Great

“Everyday Life” is Coldplay’s most eclectic and different-sounding album to date. You can hear everything from folk, classical, jazz, rock, hell even gospel and bluegrass. And yes, they pull off all of them! I think the theme surrounding this record is immaculate. Emphasized in the amount of different genres provided here, it’s a statement of cultures around the world living their everyday lives and coming together to create something beautiful. This is ... read more
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Year End Lists

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Track List

Sunrise

  1. Sunrise
  2. Church
  3. Trouble In Town
  4. BrokEn
  5. Daddy
  6. WOTW / POTP
  7. Arabesque
  8. When I Need a Friend
Sunset
  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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