Album Review: Coldplay – Viva La Vida

  • This review is dedicated to Vixen.

Also dubbed as “Death And All His Friends“, Coldplay‘s fourth album has met with mixed and myriad reactions from music critics. Most of them have expressed disappointment and displeasure regarding the new direction Coldplay has taken in their latest offering to the Alternative/Rock genre. My reaction after spending all day listening to the whole album countless of times is that those critics must have been smoking crack or something! Viva la Vida certainly has pushed the boundaries of what I expect from Coldplay, producing a beautiful, serious and sometimes testing 45-minute disc, full with religious references and precious melodies.

The CD comes to life with a brilliant, glittering instrumental opener “Life In Technicolour“. It’s just a shame it doesn’t burst into a full track, lyrics and all, because it could have been the best on the album. “Cemeteries of London” follows next and it is blessed with douses of holy water; it’s atmospheric and daunting at the same time. “Lovers In Japan/ Reign of Love” is my absolute favorite. This unique track consist of two songs in one, it begins very instrumental and cheerful, then ends semi-acoustic and depressed. “Viva la Vida” is a brilliant string influenced track with incredible orchestration; excellent choice to represent the entire mood of the whole album. “Violet Hill” on the other hand, is more guitar influenced with monotonous repetitive melody over a rich harmonic background with a heavy insistent beat and clever use of piano at the end.

Viva la Vida definitely doesn’t disappoint, and it comes on par with “X & Y” if I dare to say. Sure, it might come a little bit different that Coldplay’s previous offerings but it certainly reveals its depth after several listens. Even though I reviewed only 5 tracks, I highly encourage you to give the entire CD a full album purchase. Believe in the hype baby! Believe in Viva la Vida!

Definite Downloads

1- Lovers In Japan/ Reign of Love
2- Viva la Vida
3- Cemeteries of London
4- Life In Technicolor
5- Violet Hill


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ManU on June 18, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    definitely, one of the best albums!

    Life in technicolor is such a great intro to the album.

    but i can’t believe that strawberry swing is not in your “definite downloads” list @@

    I mean 7aram 3alaik! in my opinion, strawberry swing is the best one in this album; it has nice lyrics too!

    brilliant review! 😉


  2. Posted by Sarah on June 19, 2008 at 10:32 am

    the album’s so addictive


  3. Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaank you Angelo n_______n!!! You made my day heheheh XD!!!!
    Viva la Vida is currently the most listened to on itunes from the new album… I also liked Lost a lot ^^ 3ajeeb 3ajeeb it’s amazing it rocks!!!! oo I heard there are extra tracks that might be released soon XD I hope they’re just as great 😀
    *is dreaming of the Osaka sun* ^^


  4. @ManU

    I swear to you that I wanted to place Strawberry Swing at number 5, but I changed my mind in the last minute. The album as a whole deserve to be listened to…it’s one of the best albums really.


    7ada addictive!!


    Really? I know about the bonus Track “Lost?” but I didn’t know there are more songs coming soon. Now, you made my day 😀


  5. La akoooo, Lost has two versions ba3ad, one is acoustic 😀 Akoo several more but I only managed to find one besides lost n______n I tried emailing it to you bas 9ar error it bounced back!


  6. thanks for sharing angelo


  7. Posted by Gerald on June 18, 2009 at 2:29 am

    Viva la Vida is great and a fablous mix of insturments


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