Coldplay have broken their silence. Ever since Viva La Vida And All Of His Friends was released, a body of work composed with several instrumentals, an unconventional track listing format, along with the band’s mellow trademark sound and overwhelmingly positive reception, where else could they go? The answer to that is to the sublime, uplifting and joyful side of pop rock music. Yes, pop. The band’s latest offering preceding their upcoming album has an edge of pop, meshed with heavy guitars and underlaid beats. It is almost danceable, if not plain ready for a throw-hands-in-the-air mood.

It is a very sunny tune, even though it sounds a tad melancholic in certain parts. Lyrically, it still holds what one would expect from Coldplay, very well structured hooks and memorable liners. It is an extremely descriptive visual composition; it feels as if it were a look into the meadows at sunrise, while it warms one’s face. It is paramount feel-good in the same vein of the instrumentation of ‘Strawberry Swing’. Chris Martin’s voice softly soars along the impeccable production, where one clearly hears every single string strum in the chord progression.

To a certain degree it sounds like a subtle protest towards negativity (‘I turn the music up, I got my records on, I shut the world outside’). Once Martin claims ‘Don’t want to see another generation drop’, the tinge of motivational drive and positive outlook towards the future is more than crystal clear. It is interesting how once the music starts it sounds like mere half sung words, but then once the same words are repeated and furthered in the second segment, they sound more powerful and stated with much more conviction. The build-up of the song is mesmerizingly engaging.

‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ might throw fans on the fence as of the band and where they’re headed with their music, since they might take the new musical route as selling-out, but in reality it is just Coldplay seen from another angle and in a different light.

The band has managed to push yet another boundary in their musical reinvention. It doesn’t sound rehashed from their past work, it comes across as a ramification of what they accomplished with ‘Strawberry Swing’ and the stadium-like whoa-oh’s predominant in the Viva La Vida record, with a stint of positivity and connoted hope. It actually sounds like something Natalie Imbruglia would record, and could serve as the perfect soundtrack for a triumphant ending in a film, or a personal victory.

★★★★★

C.Perez

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