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  • Summary: The fourth album for the English band was produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs.

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Viva La Vida
I used to rule the world Seas would rise when I gave the word Now in the morning I sleep alone Sweep the streets I used to own I used to roll the... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    The confident majesty of the music, however, belies how he and his bandmates have invigorated their rock-lite reign. [20 June 2008, p.65]
  2. That it lacks any obvious singles hardly seems to matter. Viva La Vida is an assured return that should go some way to restoring Coldplays wilted critical stock.
  3. Chris Martin and co. return with another album guaranteed to rock arenas across the world.
  4. Viva la Vida is not their masterpiece, but for now, it’s as close as they’re gonna get.
  5. It isn't perfect, but Viva la Vida re-establishes Coldplay's relevance in this era where every new indie rock band really wants to be Coldplay.
  6. Viva La Vida starts off with promise for fans who felt that "X&Y" was a far cry from "A Rush Of Blood To The Head."... Unfortunately, the rest of the record fails to build on this.
  7. Given Eno’s quarter-century of Bono-fides, this isn’t surprising. Martin’s interests are frequently vague--on 'Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love' he sings about soldiers who must soldier on and runners who must run until the race is won. Seriously?

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 139
  1. JoseP.
    Jun 18, 2008
    10
    Coldplay is absolutely amazing in this. I loved "A Rush of Blood To The Head" but was somewhat disappointed with "X & Y". This album however Coldplay is absolutely amazing in this. I loved "A Rush of Blood To The Head" but was somewhat disappointed with "X & Y". This album however is thoroughly satisfying, from the upbeat and cheerful "Viva la Vida" to the inspiring and emotional "Lost!". Well done boys, a fantastic album. Expand
  2. VashaD
    Dec 20, 2008
    10
    Now add Prospekt March to the whole album
  3. Feb 8, 2011
    10
    Experimentation pays off. I wish more mainstream bands would try new things like coldplay do here. Beautiful album from start to finish.Experimentation pays off. I wish more mainstream bands would try new things like coldplay do here. Beautiful album from start to finish. Coldplay have officially secured their spot as one of my favourite bands. Expand
  4. ColinT.
    Jun 27, 2008
    9
    It's just short of "rush of blood to the head" but that aside it's superb. They have grown since "x&y". Time will show this to be a It's just short of "rush of blood to the head" but that aside it's superb. They have grown since "x&y". Time will show this to be a classic. Stand out tracks for me, 42, yes and viva la Vida. Ive read about soldiers having to soldier, critics having a go. "I used to roll the dice, feel the fear in my enemies eyes". Go figure!!. Expand
  5. AaronG
    Nov 13, 2008
    8
    I'm a coldplay fan at heart, I won't lie. I was extremely excited for Viva La Vida's release, and their live tour. Viva La I'm a coldplay fan at heart, I won't lie. I was extremely excited for Viva La Vida's release, and their live tour. Viva La Vida, even at it's starting track, sets the stage for a whole different turn. It uses every sort of majestic sound it can get its hands on and does so excellently. There are some tracks that I just found unappealing, such as "Death and All His Friends", "Yes", and "42". However, the rest of the tracks will be remembered by me simply for the amazing musical structure. At this point, the only thing that I have to complain about is how drastically different this is from Coldplay's first album. I mean, really. Go right now and compare Viva La Vida to Parachutes. Notice something? Coldplay has gone from a slow-paced calm songs to upbeat alternative-rock. I'd love it if they did some things like the first album, but I wouldn't kill myself over it. Overall a great album, one thumb up. Expand
  6. DaveN
    Jul 13, 2008
    7
    Not as good as their last two, but very good non the less.
  7. JohnG.
    Jun 27, 2008
    0
    Joy division > u2 radiohead > coldplay let's celebrate mediocrity!

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