Coldplay’s fourth studio album Viva La Vida is released today (12th June ’08) and it may surprise many who expecetd a by the numbers effort.
The Album was produced by sonic genius Brian Eno and his influence can be heard throughout, although it is still very recognisably Coldplay.
1: Life in technicolor A beautiful instrumental piece with textured synths which builds to a thumping crescendo.
2: Cemeteries of London Three and a bit minutes of shimmering folkiness.
3: Lost! If you think of white guys trying to sing to Hip-Hop beats (with the rare exception) it’s usually a little embarrassing, but with its church organ and guitar hooks against all odds it actually works!
4: 42 (Singer/songwriter Chris Martin’s favourite number apparently). The Imagine-like piano gives way to early eighties era Cure styled guitar riffs and ends in an upbeat piano/guitar combo about ghosts, bonkers.
5: Lovers in Japan/Reign of love Two songs for the price of one! With a bassline reminiscent of Joshua Tree era U2 this thumps a long at a foot-tapping lick. Then without pause you’re treated to a Plaintive piano ballad with a nice chord progression.
6: Yes/Chinese sleep chant Another double take (The band are quoted as saying they wanted to have a maximum of 10 track numbers) A mixture of slide guitar and arabic strings makes for an interesting first half while the second part takes me back to the sound that Creation records liked to put out in the mid to late ’80s.
7: Viva La Vida Strident strings are mixed with synths and upbeat percussion you can’t help but smile when the chorus kicks in “I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing Roman Cavalry choirs are singing ” Colplay get happy.
8: Violet hill 70’s inspired stomper and the first single released from the album.
9: Strawberry swing Loping summery effort with a nice acoustic feel.
10: Death and all his friends Album closer and a slow burner to begin with, but after a few minutes the mood is upbeat with some beautiful guitar riffs and an off kilter drum.
As you may have guessed this is on heavy rotation in our house!