76. Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
1. Life in Technicolor
2. Cemeteries of London
5. Lovers in Japan / Reign of Love
6. Yes (includes hidden song Chinese Sleep Chant)
7. Viva la Vida
8. Violet Hill
9. Strawberry Swing
10. Death and All His Friends
Who is/are Coldplay?
Okay Google, who are Coldplay?
Thanks, Google. *sighs*
Why did you buy this album?
I don’t know. I have wracked* my brain trying to remember, and for the life of me can’t. I assume it was a good idea at the time.
Perhaps it was part of a 3-for-£xx offer…
What’s it like?
This album is a change of style for Coldplay (thankfully). Apparently, producer Brian Eno wanted a different sound for each track, and the band complied. There are world music influences, most noticeably on ‘Lost!‘ and ‘Strawberry Swing‘, along with more lush orchestration, and singer Chris Martin’s voice is allowed to drop to a lower register than previously heard. Thank goodness…
After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?
This album surprised me this time round, as I liked it more than I remembered.
The things that annoy me about Coldplay in general – Chris Martin’s falsetto, a reliance on “hidden” tracks, and a failure to capitalise on experimentation in their music – are still here though. The tracks that do move away from this, such as ‘Life in Technicolor‘ and ‘Yes‘, are an improvement, but are brief flashes of what could have been.
Any stand-out tracks?
‘Life in Technicolor‘ immediately stands out, being both instrumental and good. Sadly, the rest of the album is downhill from there.
There are moments throughout the rest of the album that could be brilliant, notably the aforementioned ‘Yes‘, ‘Violet Hill‘, and the 2-4-1 track ‘Lovers in Japan / Reign of Love‘, but the different ideas just don’t carry on for long enough.
Rating out of 10?
Next up: Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto