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Viva La Vida - Prospekt's March Edition

Viva La Vida - Prospekt's March Edition

21 Nov 2008
4.3 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 21 Nov. 2008
  • Release Date: 24 Nov. 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone UK
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  • Total Length: 1:13:12
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  • ASIN: B001LXKULY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,178 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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This album is classic Coldplay with a twist, and this deluxe edition is even better as of course it includes a whole extra disc packed with music which sounds like the first disc, so more classic Coldplay with a twist.

There are the same melancholy, slightly ambient, distant, dreamy vocals with introspective sensations, but with more upbeat and semi-electronica instrumentals added.

Most people will already have heard Violet Hill, which even people who don't like Coldplay have taken to. It is the highlight of the first disc. The entire album is of the same high standard, as expected of the band. Every song seems to flow effortlessly into the next, and it's both easy to listen to and to relax to, but can also be an album which demands your attention and focus and which you find yourself listening to intensely and being stimulated by.

As for the Prospekts March EP, Life In Technicolour is the most commercial sounding, rocky piece, and it's not what you'd probably expect from Coldplay as it's less sedate than most of their music. Still great though and a favourite track on this disc. Postcards From Far Away is a great intermission between the aforementioned opening track and the next track Glass Of Water, which opens with vocals immediately; Postcards is a modern classical piano instrumental, the only criticism of which is its brevity. Glass Of Water is a brilliant track, very Coldplay-esque and one which should have been included in the main release.

The strings which feature strongly in rainy Day and a little less so in Prospekts March/Poppyfields add a great point of interest to the album and sound very different and unique. Lost+ is another strong track with elements of Give Peace A Chance by John Lennon with the rhythmic hand-clapping, and has Jay-Z adding a rap. In fact, I almost feel that this second EP should have been the main release.
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This is a double CD pack containing Coldplay's recent album - Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends - and their even more recent EP - Prospekt's March. I have written more in depth reviews of the albums on their respective pages, but I can first say that they are excellent, and that the price that this product is currently listed at makes it a bargain. Added to that, given the close relationship between the two CDs, it would seem strange to me to buy one without the other - particularly (given that I'm writing this at Christmas time) if you are buying this as a gift.

I see Viva La Vida as an album as Coldplay's most progressive. It doesn't sound much like any of their other albums, and seems to draw on a variety of influences. I quite want to write that it doesn't have as many obvious piano or guitar `songs' on it as previous albums, but that would seem to ignore the first two singles - Violet Hill and the epic and brilliant title track Viva La Vida, as well as Lovers In Japan, which is one of my favourites here, and to a lesser extent Lost. In addition to that there is a feeling of experimentation - at least for Coldplay - there are songs tucked away at the ends of other songs, big changes between the first and second halves of songs, a beauty of an instrumental opener (see further down), and an absolutely majestic closing track, which is reminds me somehow of what would happen if Coldplay tried to write a song like I Am The Resurrection.

Prospekt's March is an EP of songs that Coldplay thought either weren't ready for the album or didn't fit with it. Plus a couple of `remixes' thrown in.
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On the strength of being a Coldplay fan (since X&Y) and the exposure as a single of Viva La Vida, I made the decision to buy this double CD album, and I have been royally rewarded - it is really good.

Right from the impressive opening instrumental track Life in Technicolor, your ears will be treated to some excellent music, and also some decent lyrics for those of you that like to delve into the deeper meanings of songs.

My favorites, aside from the title track on Disc 1, are Lost and Glass of Water (a stunning track). The only small gripe is the lack of lyrics to accompany the CD's, all you get are arty pictures. Overall though, well done Coldplay.
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No it's not bad. In fact it's very good. From the very first track Life in Technicolor right to the last chord of Death and All his friends there's not a bad tune amongst them. Personal favs of mine are the title track and Lovers in Japan/Reign of Lovers.

The double ablum on offer is remarkable value for a couple of extra pound you get another album into the deal so I would recommend that over the single album.

Being critical however, and I know I awarded this 4 Stars, I still prefer earlier albums Parachutes and X & Y which is their finest work in my humble opionion.
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Yes, put quite simply the album 'Viva La Vida' is absolutely brilliant and people who say otherwise have quite obviously not listened to it. Given that you get the latest EP 'Prospekt's March' in with the album for no extra is a total no-brainer! I purchased both of these on release, each for the full price and they are without doubt easily worth every penny. So the fact that you get both for the price of one is awesome. The video to 'Life in technicolor ii' is fantastic. If you haven't seen it, go and check it out. It's my favourite music video. :-)
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