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Saturday, September 23, 2023


Coldplay gets made over for new album

As one of the biggest bands of the decade, Coldplay has given us countless hits without ever compromising its integrity as a band. In the past few years, frontman Chris Martin has managed to raise a child, collaborate with some of hip-hop’s biggest names (Jay-Z, Kanye West) and settle down with Coldplay to record the group’s fourth studio album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.

After the release of 2005’s X’Y, which saw as many negative reviews as positive, Coldplay decided to scrap all previously conceived notions of the band and take a new direction. Working with sonic mastermind Brian Eno has only raised Coldplay’s stock. The acclaimed producer, known for his work with U2 and David Bowie, did a seamless job capturing the landscape of Coldplay’s sound.

Viva La Vida kicks off with "Life in Technicolor," an ambient instrumental that still boasts the same extravagant nature as any other band that you would find headlining a stadium or festival. "Lost!" features a drum cadence similar to a military march, also a recurring theme in songs like the lead single "Violet Hill" and "Viva La Vida."

Their instrumental capabilities seem to have grown tenfold from X’Y, and having Eno on board has vastly improved their sound. The Martin-penned lyrical content on the album is spiritually heavy with songs about life, death, heaven and hell. Though the subject matter is a little bleak, the songs remain hopeful and uplifting.

Also changed for – are Chris Martin’s vocals, with his previous falsetto now replaced by a deeper pitch. "Cemeteries in London" and "Yes" are good showcases of the new tone, while other tracks such as "42" and "Strawberry Swing" assert the classic Coldplay sound we have grown to love.

The album’s closer, "Death and All of His Friends," is simply one of the best songs Coldplay has written yet. From the perfectly executed crescendo to the uplifting chant, there could not have been a better way to conclude this album.

One thing that has not changed about Coldplay is the fact that they are still writing timeless songs that are meant for large crowds and venues. Viva La Vida has perfected the Coldplay formula and is a well-crafted album that should appease both old and new fans alike. Although some may feel they missed a step with X’Y, Viva La Vida has put them right back on track.

Coldplay’s Viva La Vida is in stores today on Capitol Records.

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