Song Review: “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” by Coldplay

By: Tom “Wonderboy” Roth

Just when it seemed Foster the People had locked up the unofficial award for Song of the Summer with their inescapably catchy “Pumped Up Kicks”, Coldplay swooped in to have the last word on the matter.

Released on June 3rd, the group’s new single, titled “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” is expected to garner as many as 100,000 digital downloads in its first week of availability. The track is a potential candidate for inclusion on the British group’s forthcoming untitled fifth studio album, a follow up to 2008’s double-platinum certified Viva La Vida: Or Death and All His Friends.

Coldplay debuted the song live on the day of the track’s release at Nuremberg, Germany’s Rock Im Park Festival. During the same performance, the rockers performed new tracks “Hurts Like Heaven”, “Major Minus”, “Us Against the World”, and “Charlie Brown”, additional candidates for the new album, expected out by the end of 2011.

The title of Chris Martin and Company’s latest single, may not roll off the tongue quite as smoothly as “Pumped Up Kicks” but the introductory synth pulse combined with Martin’s monotonic chanting creates a distinct sound that will give Mark Foster’s best effort a run for its money.

Johnny Buckland’s celebratory guitar twangs round out the summery feel but it is the song’s uplifting lyrics “I turn the music up/I’m on a roll this time/and heaven is in sight” that define Coldplay’s seasonal tune. Already a darling of the radio, expect “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” to be ubiquitous this summer.