The eye-catching album cover is inspired by the 1970's New York City graffiti and fits the sense of freedom and liberty that the artist took when creating the songs. These songs touch upon many humanistic and transcending messages of hope and prosperity. For example the song "Us Against the World", captures the sense of chois and delicate nature of the world and how its inhabitants are the main force that will make the world prosper or come to its end. In the song Every "Teardrop is a Waterfall", it inspires the listener to find the inner sense of hope for everyone. If you take these songs for their face value they are great songs to listen to, evoking images of skiing videos accompanied by a plethora of time lapses scenic shots and slow-motion jumps. But if you dive into the deeper meaning and lyrics of the song you find that you are caught in the middle of a powerful ad humanistic message.
The British alternative rock band's last 2 albums brought a lot of attention and popularity to the band and lead to much anticipation to the this album. The band is very unique and has their own sense of direction and inspiration. But to compare it to some other groups they are much like the band Muse which released The Resistance and the band Long-View which released Further. Coldplay would fall into the category of alternative rock however I believe that they created their own subcategory that only Coldplay can fit into. This album would get a 5/5 because the music is positive and powerful. The future of the band looks bright and they have yet to hit any brick wall that might slow them down. They only thing that might slow them down is the pessimistic and negative view of some listens who have the idea that Coldplay is a bad band. They are mistaken and haven't heard this album yet.