Single Serving is a weekly feature where we dive deep into a recent single that's managed to stand above its peers in exciting us here in the office.
Kanye West has said that Coldplay is better than the Beatles. "Clocks" is one of the most timeless songs of our generation, but Coldplay didn't stop there. They've continued to put out intriguing music that touch on all spectrums. After releasing Ghost Stories the group decided to skip touring and go straight to putting together what will be their next album, A Head Full Of Dreams.
One of the singles just released is entitled "Adventure Of A Lifetime." Bold and brewed with flavor. In an interview with MTV, Chris Martin stated it will be the opposite of 2014's subdued Ghost Stories, and the single certainly is. Coldplay delve into the depths of dance, exotic rhythms, and mouthwatering lyrics. If you listen real, real close, you might even hear something that resembles moments of "Rock The Casbah." But that's very brief. Coldplay certainly isn't just London calling, but calling to all ears across the world.
Musically the guitars sound more like a wooden flute. There are clicks and ticks and shakers and claps, and all that percussiveness emphasizes the rhythmic nature of the song. Chris Martin stuns as always with the first words we hear, "Turn your magic on, to me she'd say." Whereas the praise and covet continues, "Under this pressure, under this weight, we are diamonds taking shape." Articulated with slight alterations, Martin does what he does best and swims like Michael Phelps through the buoyant blue waters that the band ripples slowly, and brings to shore.
Coldplay is known for their variety. Piano ballads, lyrics, crafty pop music; Coldplay aren't strangers to dimensional music. They certainly aren't strangers to narration. With a title like "Adventure Of A Lifetime" and such hefty lyrics like "And if we've only got this life/ Then this adventure, more than I/Wanna share with you," you gotta pause and wonder--and ponder--how lovely the adventure of a lifetime must be, and is that adventure love itself. Martin's passionate, requesting lover addressed in the song, might seem to suggest that her love is exactly that: an adventure.
People might actually look back and say that Coldplay is better than the Beatles. Relax; paraphrasing Kanye here. After they release A Head Full Of Dreams , which they have unfortunately stated could be their last, I'm sure the critics will have their hands and mouths full with nothing but Coldplay, Coldplay, Coldplay. This song is just a glimpse; a peek through the keyhole of the constantly evolving shape that is Chris Martin and Co. "Adventure Of A Lifetime" is extravagant, and exciting. Just wait, I'm predicting critical reception: Coldplay, Coldplay, Coldplay.