Coldplay: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends

Coldplay: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends

Coldplay: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends

Coldplay: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Fri …

wantedon 06/13/2008 | 09:18


La Liberté Guidant Le Peuple- The album cover Source: EMI

“Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends”: When the title of this album was known, the screams were great. Some newsletters wondered if the title of Ricky Martin’s song “Viva La Vida Loca” had been copied. For most writers, Chris Martin was labeled a megalomaniac: he chose the painting “La Liberté Guidant Le Peuple” by Eugene Delacroix as the album cover. For most of the critics it was already clear, without even having listened to the album, that “Viva La Vida” would be a completely detached and overproduced piece of music. But wasn’t it too rushed or does the new Coldplays album portend an inevitable decline?

The Four Piece Band Source: TomSheehan / EMI

With the predecessor “X&Y” a first stone was already laid for this. Even then you thought, “Where has this great band from the albums” Parachutes “and” A Rush Of Blood To The Head “gone?” All that remained was the unmistakable voice of Chris Martin.

But now about the new album, which is in record stores today: it’s not as bad and distant as feared. Greatness and musical fame unfortunately mean a lot of public attention. A band simply has to have a lot to show for a record company to make money off their big act, after all they’ve invested.

During the filming of the new album: Martin takes off Source: Stephan Craneanscki / EMI

It could be because of this that the band around bandleader Chris Martin left nothing to chance. To create moments that only U2 can create in the stadium, Brian Eno was bought in, who guarantees the feeling of goosebumps. Organ and a subliminal bass line, big notes and oriental influences – all this can be found on the album. But in order not to completely escape the indie track from which they really emerged, they also brought “Arcade Fire” producer Marcus Dravs to the London Bakery Studio. Record bosses shouldn’t be disappointed, it has to be at least a number one album.

Chris Martin wanted to create an album with a high entertainment factor this time.

Coldplay wants a number 1

It should contain songs that can be sung at any karaoke party; every song is a favorite. Was it successful or not? In part, in part, you would say. With the help of world music elements, the tempo and style cuts (Violet hill; Lovers in Japan / Reign Of Love) and a hymn-like theme song (Live life) some hit songs were created, but the expected 10 million buyers will have a hard time identifying with most of the songs. Many times they just aren’t catchy enough, other than Live life Y Violet hill maybe. The album is too extraordinary and in fact too distant for most listeners who are used to the same choruses and verses.

Release date: 06/13/2008