Coldplay’s latest album, A Head Full of Dreams, has been described by Chris Martin as a “free and happy” record. That description bore out in the album’s first single, and it’s even more applicable to its second one, a Beyoncé collaboration called “Hymn for the Weekend” that was recently shared on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show.
Honestly, the best description for the track is its title: It’s a prayer-like party tune that melds a tinkling piano riff, a full-force symphony, and Jonny Buckland’s chiming guitar into a peppy slice of club pop. Queen Bey’s involvement is limited to some sublime backing, but bassist Guy Berryman notes that the singer came into the studio and “did her thing” in a mere five minutes. Praise be.