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Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends

Label: Capitol Records
Catalog#: 509992 27024 2 5
Format: NEW LP w/ Free CD of Whole LP

Country: US
Released: 17 Jun 2008
Genre: Pop, Rock
Style: Acoustic, Pop Rock, Indie Rock


1 Life In Technicolor (2:29)
2 Cemeteries Of London (3:21)
3 Lost! (3:55)
4 42 (3:57)
5 Lovers In Japan / Reign Of Love (6:51)

6.1 Yes (7:06)
6.2 Chinese Sleep Chant
7 Viva La Vida (4:01)
8 Violet Hill (3:52)
9 Strawberry Swing (4:09)
10.1 Death And All His Friends (6:18)
10.2 The Escapist

Coldplay moves away from their usual radio-friendly soaring anthems, but still score big with their fourth studio album, which is filled with rich instrumental passages, as in the very first track "Life in Technicolor".

The second track "Cemeteries of London" reminds me of soundtrack music from those old spaghetti westerns, but with deep and introspective lyrics
Third track "Lost" is a plaintive song, minus a clearly defined chorus, but not missing it for a moment.

This is the point where the album really takes off. Chris Martin's vocals stand out from the muted but beautiful background melody of "42", and then it kicks up a notch by the end. The next two tracks are two-fers, each approximately 7 minutes of classic Coldplay. "Lovers in Japan" flows into the introspective "Reign of Love", and then "Yes" leads in the hidden (mostly instrumental) track "Chinese Sleep Chant". On "Yes", Chris Martin reaches deep down into his vocal range, and pulls out some of his lowest notes ever.

This brings us to the best (and most radio friendly) track on the album. The title track "Viva La Vida" comes closest to mainstream, and is an instant favorite on the first listen. Hot on its heels comes the other single "Violet Hill" which features a guitar solo in the middle before Martin comes back in to ask, among other things, "If you love me, Won't you let me know? "

The short ten-track album closes with "Strawberry Swing" and the melancholy "Death and All His Friends".

Slower, darker and more meditative, yes
Mainstream, no
Brilliant, definitely

A peak of a rare behind the scenes interview with Coldplay in their London studio flat. Chris Martin gives George Stroumboulopoulos a tour of the space and discusses the new album Viva La Vida and the band.

Coldplay - Viva La Vida (Live)
Live perfomance of Viva La Vida at a secret gig for only 300 people who won a contest in Paradiso, Amsterdam on 5 June 2008

Coldplay - Life In Technicolor II (Live Tokyo 2009)

No words to describe how much i love this song

Coldplay - Violet Hill

Coldplay - Yes (Viva La Vida)

Chris Martin doesn't write all the songs... THE BAND writes the songs. For some reason, so many people assume the singer in a group writes the most, or everything.
That is simply not true. The musicians are just as important as the singer, because they actually PLAY the music.

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 13 September, 2008.

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