Thursday, July 10, 2008
Thursday Reviews - Coldplay - Viva la Vida
I have never been a huge Coldplay fan. I am not sure what it was about them that never got me excited. It is not that I disliked them, but they just lacked that something special.
That attitude has changed upon listening to their new album Viva La Vida.
This album is one of my favorite albums in recent months. Coldplay has traded in their piano driven, falsetto singing,soundtrack music sound for a more guitar driven album. Chris Martin sings lower on this album which makes them sound even better.
The album starts out with the worst song on the album, "Life in Technicolor" which is just a simple riff that is repeated over and over again with small changes and added instruments. If personally am not a fan of instrumental album openers unless they are done by Sufjan Stevens.
The second track "Cemeteries of London" is a great blend of slower melody with faster drums, I have always loved songs that do this.
The fourth track "42" sounds like a more typical Coldplay song which is not bad, but I could take it or leave it.
Following "42" Coldplay launches into "Lovers in Japan" which is one of my favorite songs. Probably because it sounds a lot like a Smiths song, and to add to the effect, the first 3 seconds of Chris Martin's voice on this track sound eerily like Morrisey.
The song "Yes" is full of great instrumentation and is easy for a guy to sing a long to without feeling it in the genitals.
Everyone has heard Viva La Vida thanks to Apple commercials. I do love this song. I am not sure what it is about. There is a great deal of religious imagery on this song (as well as the whole album) but this one seems to stick out. It strikes me like it is a song from God who is no longer in power...which makes me think of the God of a lot of some of the emerging church leaders...but that might just be because I am biased.
"Violet Hill" reminds me a little bit of later Beatles songs...so obviously this is not a bad thing.
"Strawberry Hill" is my favorite song on the album. The intro sounds like a bluegrass riff played on an electric guitar. Very cool
The last two songs close out the album nicely. I highly recommend this album, in fact I recommend that you buy it on vinyl since the vinyl version comes with a free CD of the album.
Songs to skip:
-Life in Technicolor
Songs to listen to:
-Viva La Vida