Over the years, I have considered myself a Coldplay fanatic to say the least. I own every album not only in physical form but also in terms of PVG (Piano, Vocals, Guitar) sheet music. While I connected deeply with Coldplay’s previous offering, “Ghost Stories” (2013), the downbeat nature of this album proved to be a bit lacklustre in comparison with its predecessor “Mylo Xyloto” (2011). “A Head Full of Dreams”, with its combination of electronic and acoustic sounds and upbeat tempo, is a feel good album, imbued with toe-tapping rhythms and memorable lyrics.
Mylo Xyloto Tour 2012, Sydney
5. Amazing Day
This beautiful, fulfilling instrumental and vocal song is born out of simplicity and builds up to be one of the most inspirational and relaxing tracks of the album. To me, this song embodies love and being able to enjoy the small things in spite of having fought a hard journey for so long. This song is definitely worth a listen.
Everglow is a gentle yet touching love ballad that brings together relaxed percussion and a beautiful piano melody. The chorus intensifies, adding more layers to the song, and you can feel the emotional connection that Chris Martin makes with his audience through his lyrics and vocals. The sentimental journey that Coldplay embarks upon in this song is what earns it a top spot.
“So if you love someone, you should let them know, oh the light that you left me will everglow.”
I find this song to be an important and motivational addition to my daily musical regime. While it can be repetitive after six minutes and forty-five seconds, this is a message of hope that reminds me over and over again to keep fighting.
“When you’re in pain, when you think you’ve had enough- don’t ever give up.”
2. Hymn For The Weekend
Beyoncé’s immensely talented vocals in this long-awaited pairing with Coldplay are a musical breath of fresh air. To me, it refers to the giddiness we can feel when in love, referred to metaphorically as “feeling drunk and high”. No matter what we go through and have been through everyone deserves to be loved and to feel loved. The combination of electronic sounds, percussion and piano create a beautiful environment for this love to be felt- this love that is so great that it can reach beyond earthly realms.
On a personal note, this song represents an amazing weekend I spent with one of my beautiful friends- reminding me of the love I feel, to stay strong and keep fighting each and every day.
“Life is a drink, your love’s about, to make the stars come out.”
1. Fun (feat. Tove Lo)
Fun is an uplifting tune which reminds us to get lost in the moment and enjoy what we can in life. This song wins my top spot because of its important, inspirational message and empowering sound/lyrics. We can often get so caught up in our regrets and difficulties that we forget what the point was in the first place. Even if just for a moment we can get caught up in the beauty and joy that life has to offer, it can all be worthwhile. This song is a much-needed reminder to let go and allow yourself to enjoy what life has to offer. It also provides hope and shows us that as long as we fight and continue to do so, there is no such thing as a lost cause.
“Nothing’s too broken to find our way back, so before it’s over before you run, ah didn’t we have fun?”
Do you agree with my top picks? It was difficult to choose as I love the entire album, so I based my views on personal connection and inspiration (I’m sorry Adventure Of A Lifetime, I think we need to take a break). I would absolutely love to hear your opinions and what your favourites from the album are.