June 11, 2008






Album Tracks:

  1. Life in Technicolor
  2. Cemeteries of London
  3. Lost!
  4. 42
  5. Lovers in Japan
  6. Yes
  7. Viva la Vida
  8. Violet Hill
  9. Strawberry Swing
  10. Death and All His Friends

Sales (in millions):



1 2
1 6

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Violet Hill (4/29/08) #40 US, #8 UK, #9 MR
  • Viva la Vida (5/7/08) #1 US, #1 UK, #1 MR, #1 AC, #1 AA, sales: 4.44 m, air: 0.5 m
  • Lost! (7/5/08) #40 US, #10 MR
  • Lovers in Japan (11/22/08) #19 AA




Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends



“To say there has been a lot of anticipation for Coldplay’s fourth album, Viva La Vida, is an understatement. Having enlisted legendary leftfield producer Brian Eno, borrowed their album title from a painting by renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and made tantalising remarks about sonic reinvention, the world has been curious (to say the least) to hear what the ‘new’ Coldplay might sound like.” DM

Viva La Vida definitely makes some departures from the band’s usual formula, which happens to be one of the most commercially successful rock-pop blueprints of recent years. The plangent chords, emotive melodies, stadium-rock rhythms and universal lyrical concerns remain, but Martin and co. have gone out on several limbs here, incorporating instrumental tracks (Life in Technicolour), using subtle North African and Latin elements (Yes, Strawberry Swing), and overhauling previously strict verse-chorus-verse structures in favour of slightly more avant arrangements.” DM

“The old Coldplay still shine through (see tracks like Violet Hill and the title song) but even their classic sound feels more muscular and confident. The band’s new flourishes, cosmetic and self-conscious as they may be, are enough to make Viva La Vida a welcome break from the old routine.” DM

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Related DMDB Link(s):

Violet Hill (video)

Viva La Vida (video)

Lost! (video)

Lovers in Japan (video)

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