- Vinyl (12 Jun. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B00180OSX6
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Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends [VINYL]
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To say there has been a lot of anticipation for Coldplays fourth album, Viva La Vida, is an understatement. Having enlisted legendary leftfield producer Brian Eno, borrowed their album title from a painting by renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and made tantalising remarks about sonic reinvention, the world has been curious (to say the least) to hear what the new Coldplay might sound like. Viva La Vida definitely makes some departures from the bands usual formula, which happens to be one of the most commercially successful rock-pop blueprints of recent years. The plangent chords, emotive melodies, stadium-rock rhythms and universal lyrical concerns remain, but Martin and co. have gone out on several limbs here, incorporating instrumental tracks ("Life In Technicolour"), using subtle North African and Latin elements ("Yes", "Strawberry Swing"), and overhauling previously strict verse-chorus-verse structures in favour of slightly more avant arrangements. The old Coldplay still shine through (see tracks like "Violet Hill" and the title song) but even their classic sound feels more muscular and confident. The bands new flourishes, cosmetic and self-conscious as they may be, are enough to make Viva La Vida a welcome break from the old routine--Danny McKenna
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On Viva La Vida, however, they have addressed this issue, not only do we have the uplifting crescendo singles we instantly recognise, but the tracks inbetween are also worthy of note and recognition. A mature album that takes one step forward from the others in its experimental ways, and is all the better for it. A crisp production really takes you into the heart of the Coldplay sound, unlike X&Y, where the sound production lost the euphoria that should have been felt when listening to 'Fix You' for example, and, as such, led to the albums detriment.
So, probably the first Coldplay album that you can tolerate from start to finish, without having to skip two tracks or more, (well one isn't that bad).
There are very few bands from the late 90s and onwards that I listen to. One of them is COLDPLAY. Heard TROUBLE and YELLOW on the radio sometime in 2002. Brought PARACHUTE straightaway. I liked the band and the album so very much. Listened to all the albums that followed.
I was bit confused when I heard the news "Joe Satriani sues Coldplay". Joe's track IF I COULD FLY from the album IS THERE LOVE IN SPACE?, released in 2004, is all instrumental on which Joe's guitar sings. I have been listening to this for 3-4 years now. It's one of my favorites. It has nice melody, nice chord progression and nice rhythm and beat. Listened to Coldplay's VIVA LA VIDA and compared. I can say that the song has vocal melody that goes over and over again that matches with Joe's chorus section melody. It also shares similar chords progression, tempo and key I think.
Can't judge whether it's subconscious plagiarism or of anything like it or not. I've heard 100s of songs that sound similar to each other and I think that's all right and that's all it is. Both the artists are my favorites. Both the songs are good. What can I say ?
Besides, the album is very very very good. I like it as the other ones. I can feel littlebit of early U2. Highly recommended. Deserves 5 stars. I feel sorry for Coldplay and wish them all the best !!!
Lets summarise what most fans already know: Coldplay have been gaining more momentum throughout their career. With it has come a proportional increase in the grandeur of their music. Now that the band have hit every radio in the world, practically, its music has to appeal to a mass audience. In this respect the album is great, world class even.
But there is something missing from this album that made its predecessors uniquely 'Coldplay' albums. Parachutes and Rush of Blood were beautifully contained and shy whilst being intimately emotional and easy to connect with. X&Y retained this template albeit straying into the realms of arena rock in some songs. Now Viva La Vida is here and suddenly the magic has dissapeared!
I don't know why but this album is not anywhere near as good as their debut and second. It is spectacular and yet substantially less spectacular than their previous records. Songs like 'Lost', 'Viva La Vida', 'Violet Hill' are all real Stadium rockers that fill you with images of marching armies, big battles and strife. And yet I find the only song I really end up looking forward to is 'Strawberry Swing'!
So what has changed...well I'm afraid to say that Coldplay's music has Lost its soul! It has become a force devoted only to selling records. I did not find it difficult to believe every word of emotional drivel in Parachutes and Rush of Blood because it was sung with such belief and intensity by Chris and the music was so perfectly, exquisetly fitting to every damn song on both albums. X&Y even managed to have me suckered into the beautiful melodies of 'Fix You' and 'Speed of Sound'.Read more ›
So what's the big fuss, and why is everyone having a go at them? Is it because it's Coldplay and it's 'cool' to criticise them? Or is it because they are boring and dull and unimaginative? Or is it because all of their stuff sounds similar?
On the last few counts, I can say that 'Viva La Vida' is NOT boring and NOT dull. Neither is it unimaginative. It is probably the most diverse record Coldplay have produced...but does that necessarily mean that it's their best?
Flip a coin.
On one side, you have the critics who hate it for not being Coldplay - too different, too experimental, too 'bits and pieces'.
On the other hand, you have the people who enjoy it for being a diverse record, with plenty of variety shown in the songs in structure and in how they sound.
I admit myself, it's the kind of record that grows on you. They do say that the best records tend to do so.
'Viva La Vida' is a great album. And it's great because Coldplay create wonderful music.
The standout tracks are: 'Lost!', '42', 'Lovers in Japan', 'Violet Hill', and the title-track, 'Viva La Vida'.
However, there isn't one bad track on it, despite many people dismissing the album. Other tracks, 'Life in Technicolor', 'Cemeteries of London', 'Yes', 'Strawberry Swing', and 'Death and All of His Friends' are good, but don't grab you by the scruff of the neck and beg for your listening attention.
Maybe we take Coldplay for granted. They create excellent music, but some people fail to recognize this. They perceive them as dull and unimaginative. But 'Viva La Vida' is anything but. It is the bravest Coldplay album yet. And quite possibly one of the best, if only because of that. 8/10.
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Fantastic interesting quality album from start to finish. Some songs change into other songs half way through and it works so smoothly and effortlessly.Published 4 months ago by Lisa Pursglove