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Everyday Life

Coldplay

Everyday Life

Eighth album from the British alternative rock band is a double album and was produced by Rik Simpson (Jay-Z, Portishead, Kasabian)

ADM rating[?]

6.8

Label
PLG UK Frontline
UK Release date
22/11/2019
US Release date
22/11/2019
  1. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    One has to wonder: if they followed up Viva La Vida with this album, would we be talking about them as one of the best? Everyday Life certainly shatters the illusion that Coldplay is a boring, safe band – so if nothing else, that’s a start
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  2. 8.0 |   Q

    Confidence seeps through Coldplay's eighth album. It's a thrilling new start, a daring way to kick off their second chapter. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   NME

    Chris Martin and co. take on heady themes of love, war, racism, faith, gun control, friendship, climate change, police brutality and more. This inventive eighth album is proof that Coldplay are more adventurous than they're often given credit for
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    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
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  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Coldplay continue to grow on the frank, explorative Everyday Life
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  6. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    It might take a few listens – on the whole, it skews far more to their adventurous side than trying to marry it to their accessible tendencies – but its brevity works in its favour
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  7. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The easy-listening rock kings deepen their politics and globe-trotting sound on a downright compelling LP
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  8. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    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
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  9. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    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
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  10. 7.0 |   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
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  11. 7.0 |   music OMH

    The four year break from A Head Full Of Dreams has obviously done them the world of good though. They sound refreshed, revitalised, and on their best form since Viva La Vida, even if the quality does vary throughout the record
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  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Intriguingly diverse. Print edition only

  13. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    On the 52-minute vision quest that is their new double LP, the world’s most earnest arena band sound looser than they have in years
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  14. 6.7 |   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
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  15. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    They’ve earned the right to experiment, and in the smooth doo-wop of Cry Cry Cry, a few fans may find they have an unlikely new favourite Coldplay song
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  16. 6.0 |   The FT

    The band balance contradictory urges by both playing it safe and taking risks on a record of two halves
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  17. 6.0 |   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
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  18. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Tackling gun control and police brutality, Coldplay’s eighth album is a valiant, if flawed, attempt to break from tradition
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  19. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The band’s new double album mixes more of their melodically watertight stadium pop with dabblings in the genres they are least suited to dabble in
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  20. 6.0 |   Mojo

    An album hitting some dead ends, as other avenues open up. Print edition only

  21. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Martin comes over like a stoned teenager who's watched Newsnight with a Tinariwen album on in the background
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  22. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Double album is just twice as frustrating
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  23. 5.0 |   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
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  24. 4.0 |   Under The Radar

    Everyday Life starts innocently enough with a classical instrumental piece. It's suitable for a movie soundtrack and not necessarily what you would expect, but harmless nonetheless. But things quickly take a turn for the worse
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