“Everyday Life”: Album That Soothes the Soul

Taylor Meek, A&E Editor

If you’re looking for an alternative/indie album that makes you want to party, ball your eyes out, dial up an old friend and go to church all at the same time, then look no further than Coldplay’s Everyday Life.

The album opens with “Sunrise,” a two and a half minute soft, melancholy instrumental.

“Sunrise” is soothing and emotional, yet it has a subtle upbeat tone that helps hold your attention.

The next two songs of the album, “Church” and “Trouble in Town” continue the sad, mellow vibes introduced by “Sunrise”.

However, the fourth song, “BrokEn,” my favorite, begins with soulful humming, snapping and foot-tapping.

“BrokEn” is dramatically upbeat and brings the listener straight to church. You’ll feel as though you’re facing a boisterous choir. The snapping and tapping sounds are carried through the song, adding to the gospel-style, but you don’t even notice until it is almost over because the entirety of the song is, simply, just that good.

The album takes a sharp left turn, however, when you’re taken from church and on a long road of emotion.

It seemed as though as soon as one song has put the listener into a hopeful, uplifting mood, the following song makes you want to cry, just to bring you back up, yet again.

Another song that deserves recognition is “Orphan.”

By the title, one might think this is another song that would make your tear up, but it actually sounds like a love song of sorts.

“Orphan” begins with children singing in a muffled foreign language, and then the artist sings of a woman he admires and starts reminiscing about youthful days.

The use of foreign language is carried throughout the album, such as French and Hindi, which can be confusing and startling at times, but creatively effective.

The rest of the album featured some notable songs like “Arabesque” and “When I Need a Friend,” but nods off at the last four.

Songs like “Èkó,” “Cry Cry Cry,” “Old Friends” and “Everyday Life” are a solid 4 out of 10. It seems as though the band included them just to have a “full” album.

However, these songs don’t diminish the quality of the all-around great album.