Coldplay frontman Chris Martin recently told the BBC’s Zane Lowe that the band’s forthcoming album A Head Full Of Dreams might be their last. Even if they don’t break up, then, Coldplay are in the process of shoring up their legacy. And “Miracles,” the band’s new Oscar-contender song from the forthcoming Angelina Jolie-directed war drama Unbroken, might be a part of that shoring-up. Unbroken is a movie about Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who spent a month and a half on a raft by himself during World War II. You won’t necessarily get any of that from “Miracles,” a fairly generic uplift anthem that really just sounds like a Coldplay song. But it’s a more rhythmically focused Coldplay song than it has to be, and it’s a bit surprising hearing the band trying out ideas on syncopation during an Oscar-season end-credits anthem. Listen to “Miracles” below.
The Unbroken soundtrack is out 12/15 on Atlantic.