Ever since I was young, music has always been a go-to “escape” for me. Putting on one of my favorite albums allows me to step outside of the real world and have my responsibilities disappear for a bit. My comfort artist for the LONGEST time has been Coldplay, led by the ever-talented Chris Martin. Over the years, Coldplay has put out albums that have shaped both my personality and my ever-growing music tastes, and their newest album is no exception.
Sure, I get plenty of eye-rolls and scoffs when I mention Coldplay in conversation, but some of their albums are works of art. This band has given me some of my favorite memories that I will cherish forever (I even have a tattoo dedicated to them). For this post, I will be looking into Coldplay’s 2019 release ‘Everyday Life’ and giving you a rundown on why this album is pure genius.
First off, Coldplay released this album after years of saying their days of new releases were over. I was heartbroken, but to my surprise, this album dropped on November 22, 2019. All of Coldplay’s albums have their ‘quirks,’ but this record’s best feature are the political undertones that resonate throughout different tracks.
Take ‘Trouble in Town’ for example. The entire song is an illusion to non-White people being persecuted across the world. At the 2:20 mark, the band includes a real interlude that features African-Americans being harassed by a white police officer. You hear the entire dialogue, including the profanity that the officer throws in their faces (censored in this video, but I highly encourage you to listen to the official track). The music escalates into crashing drums, haunting chords, and as a listener, you can feel the tension Coldplay wants fans to understand.
The Rolling Stone does a wonderful review on the album, saying that the record “transforms the band’s faintly imperial universalism into a diverse, collective one.” Coldplay even pledged to donate royalties made off of a few tracks to the Innocence Project and the African Children’s Feeding Scheme, which is a remarkable gesture. This new wave of Coldplay shocked some listeners, but as a long-time fan, I was proud of the band for their commitment to calling out injustices.
Coldplay has never been the group to shy away from making a statement. When I went to their concert back in 2016 (life-changing experience, if I do say so myself), Chris Martin brought out a French flag during the set to pay tribute to those injured in the Nice truck attack. The band has also performed at several charity and benefit concerts, including One Love Manchester, which honored victims of the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017.
Whether you love them or hate them, you cannot deny that Coldplay has produced music that helped shape the music industry. From ‘Yellow’ and ‘Fix You’ to the politically-charged songs on ‘Everyday Life,’ the band continues to challenge the status quo and spark controversy, and I, for one, absolutely love it.