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Viva La Vida Or Death and All


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0019FYOI4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 17 2008
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:

"God is in the houses and God is in my head... and all the cemeteries in London...
I see God come in my garden, but I don't know what he said,
For my heart it wasn't open..."

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

Amanda Richards, June 17, 2008

*supposed to mean "Long live the new sound", but I'm open to correction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By momo_adachi on June 18 2008
It seems strange that both of Coldplay's latest efforts, this album and 'X & Y', were both released as summer blockbuster albums. The wintery darkness and rainy day melancholy that Chris Martin and his band do best seems strange when placed on the shelf with easier, breezier summertime artists such as Rihanna and Weezer. Nonetheless, this sweet, loaded offering by one of the biggest bands in the world right now, doesn't need a timely release date to be successful.

The first single from 'Viva La Vida', the absolutely brilliant "Violet Hill" (perhaps the band's best debut single to date) was the first clue that this album would not only meet, but surpass any Coldplay fans' expectations. The second single 'Viva La Vida' proved that Coldplay is a little more versatile than U2-style guitar riffing and lush, long, rainy day musical interludes. The rest of the album? Well, although not versatile as you may have heard or as 'different', 'Viva La Vida' has its shining moments of grandeur and heartfelt meaning.

It seems as though once again, Martin is attempting to blend his own angry, revolutionary political agenda with his sweet symphonic melodies, much like he did with both 'X & Y' and 'Rush of Blood to the Head'. What Martin lacks however, and the reason that this album is far from perfect, is a story to tell, both musicall and lyrically. While the music is good, it seems that its own sense of self seems somehow lost. What are they advocating for? Viva La Vida's own politics seem too complex and I missed the lyrical content of 'Rush of Blood', which seemed focused on love, soul-searching and the human soul rather than a collective call for revolution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guy Rogers on Aug. 7 2008
Has it all gone `pete tong' for Coldplay ? There are instrumental tracks, long 7 mins tracks, tracks that change tempo and tone half way through. This is certainly their most experimental album.

It's as though they raided their own album collection and referenced different styles that they liked i.e. 42 has piano riffs like john lennon's - imagine, lovers in japan is like 80's pop, yes - take's off nico's venus in furs.

It's an album that's not as easy to get into as their previous ones, but good never the less.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Trev on June 11 2008
Every album Coldplay has put out has improved on their previous efforts until Viva La Vida. On their new album they try many different styles and, while some of it works, just as much of it doesn`t work. After the third listen, I find myself growing tired of a lot of it and I`m sure it will be off my mp3 player before the end of the month. My only advice is to buy it if you must have it, or wait and listen to it first if you aren`t sure. I think my money is better spent elsewhere.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Hood on June 11 2008
I don't know much about music, but I can assure you that Coldplay's new CD is absolutely incredible. I was lucky enough to hear a preview of the whole thing, and it is just as epic as everyone has been saying it is....there is a reason this is the most anticipated album in the history of music.
Chris Martin had said that making this album was like bringing their music from black and white into colour. He was right...they have grown out of their shell and come up with entirely new ideas and sounds, and have hit the jackpot when it comes to quality. When you hear it, you can tell that the band had in mind that the possibilites for this CD were endless. They have let themselves run free with ideas and come up with music that is both inspirational and beautiful.
Whether you are a die-hard Coldplay fan or rather new to jump on the bandwagon, I promise you will not be disappointed.
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