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Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
     

Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends

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by Coldplay
 

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The band Rolling Stone once named the "biggest rock band of the year" is ready to take the world by storm once again as they release their highly-anticipated fourth studio album Viva La Vida, Or Death And All His Friends. The album comprises 10 brand new tracks, recorded in London, Barcelona, and New York with producers Brian Eno and Markus Dravs.

Overview

The band Rolling Stone once named the "biggest rock band of the year" is ready to take the world by storm once again as they release their highly-anticipated fourth studio album Viva La Vida, Or Death And All His Friends. The album comprises 10 brand new tracks, recorded in London, Barcelona, and New York with producers Brian Eno and Markus Dravs. Coldplay is one of the biggest bands in the world, having sold 32.5 million albums worldwide, with their last album X&Y selling over 10 million. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2008
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
5099921688607
catalogNumber:
16886

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Coldplay   Primary Artist
Phil Harvey   Group Member
Chris Martin   Group Member
Will Champion   Group Member
Guy Berryman   Group Member
Davide Rossi   Strings

Technical Credits

Markus Dravs   Producer
Brian Eno   Producer,Sonic Environment
William Paden Hensley   Engineer
Rik Simpson   Producer
Coldplay   Artwork
Andy Rugg   Engineer
Chris Martin   Composer
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny Buckland   Composer
Jon Hopkins   Producer,Coloring
Dan Green   Engineer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Olga Fitzroy   Engineer
Tappin Gofton   Art Direction
Dominic Monks   Engineer
Brian Thorn   Engineer
Jan Petrov   Engineer
Michael Trepagnier   Engineer
Vanessa Parr   Engineer
François Chevallier   Engineer
Dave Holmes   Management
Eugène Delacroix   Cover Painting

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Viva la Vida 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even by just looking at the cover of this album you can tell that it is different than Coldplay's previous releases. Where those ones were minimalistic and spare, Viva La Vida is exploding with color in every inch and so the same can be said for the music. Departing from their usual mellow, Chris-dominated formula that was gradually becoming stale (Speed of sound = Clocks?)Coldplay uses this opportunity to show off a much richer, more vibrant album than any of their previous ones. Here Chris takes a step back and Will, Guy and Jon step up, resulting in a very well-rounded sound. I've listened to this whole album on repeat for a good couple of hours and I likely won't stop anytime soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fallen Kingdom ;D that is what brought me to buy this!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Coldplay! They's re amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard the 2 singles and they are espectacular, I have also heard clips of the other tracks on the album and they were great... These guys are geniuses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coldplay termed this their experimental album, and it shows off a broader musical scope, leaving the piano fallback behind and gaining interesting guitars and worldly instruments to complete a new sound. Though not entirely new. Coldplay does a good job of keeping their sound that will appeal to fans, while ditching the falsetto all the time. Whoever said this album is lyrically poor needs another listen, for it's their most political album to date as well. The lyrics could use harsher language at times, as the messages are subtle (perhaps thats why it was taken as "stupidity"), but the messages are there. "Lost!" is lyrically beautiful, and "Violet Hill" and "Death and All His Friends" speak strong political messages. All in all, it's not their best album but a strong fourth for a band that's managed to keep their originality and power in a genre of sellouts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This CD was excellent! The music was a mixture of classical and modern. It's the kind of music that soothes you, but also makes you feel like you could do anything. I would definitely recommend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of Coldplay...so far ive only heard one song on this CD and its AWESOME!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love it! If you love Coldplay, you must get this album.
Malevolentheart More than 1 year ago
I've always loved Coldplay but this album is by far their best, in my opinion. Every song is a hit. The lyrics are wonderful and the music is beyond amazing. The overall ambiance of the album is darker, deeper and gives off a different feeling from their previous releases. From the moment Life in Technicolor begins, it starts to draw you into a different realm altogether. I fell instantly in love with Cemetery in London's lyrics and how it is so different from any of their other songs and beautiful. Lovers in Japan is an epic song with the music is a faster beat but is lighter in tone from Cemetery in London, creating an almost roller-coaster experience when listening to the album. Every song melds perfectly with the following song and leaves you holding your breath until it is over, wanting more. But that is what the repeat button is for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've only heard 2 songs from the new album: Violet Hill and Viva la Vida. They're both sensational and I've fallenin love with Coldplay with a new burning passion. We're in the countdown stage now! The challenge now is just to wait...
Literary_AMP More than 1 year ago
This disc is fantastic, I can hardly wait to hear their hits from the disc performed live this summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
listening to coldplay in general is more than enough for inspiration, and simply loving everything. this cd viva la vida is a great addition to life itself.. =" the vocals and beats are just fantastic. i give it alot of credit. and they did great. love it ! i tell you !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite possibly the most over rated band of all time next to Dream Theater goes and does exactly what they've done on their past 3 albums. Make bad music. Chris Martin should spend less time worrying about ridiculous names for his children and more time thinking about how to do something origional with his "music". Don't listen to this travesty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has it's moments, unfortunately, they are few and far between. Some of the songs are complete tripe, others sheer genius, musically speakign. Overall, the album strikes a decidely mediocre tone. Imagine the Beatles meeting Radiohead in a 1980s synthesizer bar - that's this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well there just is no excuse for a major band on their fourth effort to come out with an album like this. It's more of the same and Coldplay fans are sure to like it. but it's just not interesting at all. if it is even possible, it is lyrically more stupid than X&Y, and most tracks sound like they were made with garage band. Chris' voice is good. clear, and isn't in falsetto the entire album. Guitar work is boring at best... I thought these guys were professional musicians?? anyway. very boring, nothing new, or pioneering. maybe two catchy songs.. but if you want more, find a different band
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is amazing. I have now gained more respect for Coldplay even though I loved them in the past. It is good that they made changes. I am one of those people as Coldplay puts that is made fun of for listening to them. i don't care what those non-Coldplay Fans say. Coldplay is still rocking. In my opinion the the track LOST! is probably the best song on the album next to VIVA LA VIDA. A must have for Coldplay fans!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
after only hearing the first single, i'm so excited for this release. it can't come soon enough. one of my absolute favorite bands.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best Rock Album of the 2000's. The closest thing to the Beatles our generation has.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i heard violet hill i knew this album would be amazing i am counting to the release date i cannot wait.it's going to be amazing
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally think that if you are Coldplay fan, that can accept change, then you should by this album. It is very good, sounds different but that what makes Coldplay (the different sound). The lyrics are amazing for every song. Just likes it been on every other studio album they've done. But if your not up for change don't bother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
as a musician who plays guitar, percussion, sings, flute, and a bunch of other instruments, plus i am a music teacher, take it from me that this album is wonderful! i have been reading other's reviews here and i truly wonder if those who rated this low actually listened to the album in full at least 2-3 times. it is set up like you are listening to a movie. overture (life in technicolour), the a-side being the exposition, "yes" being the extender and more development, and then you have the stand alone moments with a wonderful ender in "death and...". i was just astonished by the depth of the lyrics, the sheer boldness of some of the pieces, and the surprise of how low chris martin's voice goes in "yes." of course, the title tracks are amazing, and i am so happy they used a timpani on the album. they basically expanded their horizons, proving that they truly deserve the success they have earned. when you get this album, listen to it, let it sink in, then if you have the previous albums, just play them in order. you will be in for a treat with where they started and how far they have come in ten years. just sit back and enjoy the ride that is Viva La Vida! :)
RochellyakaFictionLover More than 1 year ago
One of their best albums.. That's all I have to say.
Viloet Hill
Viva la Vida

I cannot take these songs out of my head, great songs!!! great Album