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Music Review: ColdPlay’s Viva La Vida

When Coldplay first came out, I have to admit that I was skeptical, mostly because I wanted to avoid trends. Come to find out, a few years later, good music is just good music. And good music is unavoidable. I am definitely not a Coldplay skeptic any longer, regardless of the trend.

The new Coldplay album, Viva La Vida, is by far one of the best I have ever heard, which surprises me simply because experience tells me a band puts out one good album and then decreases in quality with each successive album.

On the flipside, it seems that Coldplay just gets consistently better and better. The album is unique, revolutionary, and highly addictive.

This album is right up there with some of my all time favorites: Depeche Mode’s 101, U2’s Achtung Baby, Pear Jam’s Ten, Sara McLachlan’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Bob Marley’s Legend, and Muse’s Hysteria.

What do you think about Coldplay and the new album? Where does it rank with your all-time faves?

2 replies on “Music Review: ColdPlay’s Viva La Vida”

My favorite song on the new album is “Lost”. I love the new album, but I’m not quite as gung ho about it as you seem to be. I have a special place in my heart for X&Y, as it was an album I wore out during a major copywriting phase. It was great background music for inspiration and it kept me upbeat for several months.

A Rush of Blood to the Head also holds significance to me, as I took it with me on my honeymoon, and slow danced to The Scientist with my wife as the sun set on the beach. Green Eyes was a song I dedicated to her from that album as well.

My least favorite album is Parachutes, probably because I purchased it after the fact, and never really bonded with it. That’s how I am with my favorite albums. They become eternal memories, marking significant periods of my life.

The following are historically my favorite artists/albums:

Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head / X&Y
Counting Crows – August and Everything After
The Cranberries – No Need to Argue / Everybody Else is Doing it…
Pearl Jam – Ten / Vs.
Enigma – The Cross of Changes 2
The Fray – How to Save a Life
Our Lady Peace – Gravity / Spiritual Machines
Sade – Love Deluxe / Lover’s Rock
Sarah McLachlan – Surfacing / Fumbling Toward Ecstasy
Bjork – Vespertine / Debut / Post
Alanis Morissette – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

It was too hard for me to narrow it down any further. There were other albums that impacted my life, but these are the albums I still listen to.

Unlike Daniel, I HATE everything Coldplay put out after Parachutes. Hands down, Parachutes is an A+ album, the songs are so moving and touching, and real. I cringe every time I hear Clocks, Viva la Vida or Violet Hill on the radio and change the station.

However, I will admit that The Scientist, as well as Politik are pretty amazing songs.

I don’t know what it is. I have tried to give their other albums a chance, but they seem too commercial, and I can’t make a connection with any of the songs. To me, there is nothing sincere about the songs, and they seem too Top 40.

And Daniel, since you listed your favourite albums, I will do the same:

The Strokes – Is This is
Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
JJ72 – JJ72
John Mayer – Room for Squares
Louis XIV – Louis XIV
Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker – Welding the C:/

Interesting, first albums for each.

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