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Viva La Vida, or Death and all his friends (Coldplay)

On Thursday I downloaded the new Coldplay album from iTunes. It's the one in the current iTunes adverts, and darn it the adverts got me...

The title track is the standout song, uplifting music with strangely hope-lacking lyrics of lost grandeur. NME report today that it could be a rip off someone elses song. The lyrics are intruiging and it's not the only one on the album with religious overtones in the language. Lovers in Japan is also good, and you get two versions of Lost which inevitably makes it more memorable.

Most of the album has the feel of songs you've heard before, which is no bad thing, and there is a bit of a range of songs across the album - feels like slightly more variety than previous albums, though it's a while since I listened to the previous three.

It's not earth-shattering, but it's a good listen. As Krish Kandiah puts it "It's OK". Coldplay make nice listenable music that happily played in my ears all the way down the train line to Falmouth on Friday while I read Calvin's Institutes. Nice combination.

The clearly intelligent and well read Pete Dray makes a more thoughtful commentary on Viva La Vida, or Death and all his friends


  1. I wasn't a big fan of the album at first but I love it now. As for that Creaky Boards song from NME: rubbish. It doesn't sound anything like it. What it sounds like is an advert for the Creaky Boards.


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