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COLDPLAY - VIVA LA VIDA OR DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS (ALBUM)
Label:CAP/EMI
Entry:29/06/2008 (Position 1)
Last week in charts:29/11/2009 (Position 34)
Peak:1 (4 weeks)
Weeks:57
Place on best of all time:127 (1857 points)
Year:2008
World wide:
ch  Peak: 1 / weeks: 71
de  Peak: 1 / weeks: 62
at  Peak: 1 / weeks: 41
fr  Peak: 1 / weeks: 176
nl  Peak: 1 / weeks: 70
be  Peak: 1 / weeks: 64 (Vl)
  Peak: 1 / weeks: 64 (Wa)
se  Peak: 1 / weeks: 51
fi  Peak: 1 / weeks: 22
no  Peak: 1 / weeks: 41
dk  Peak: 1 / weeks: 54
it  Peak: 1 / weeks: 37
es  Peak: 1 / weeks: 99
pt  Peak: 1 / weeks: 60
au  Peak: 1 / weeks: 57
nz  Peak: 1 / weeks: 48
mx  Peak: 2 / weeks: 54

CD
Parlophone 2121140
LP
Parlophone 2121141 (eu)



CD
Parlophone 2647112


TRACKS
13/06/2008
CD Parlophone 2121140 (EMI) / EAN 5099921211409
13/06/2008
LP Parlophone 2121141 (EMI) [eu] / EAN 5099921211416
/ EAN 5099921688805
1. Life In Technicolor
2:29
2. Cemeteries Of London
3:21
3. Lost!
3:55
4. 42
3:57
5. Lovers In Japan (/ Reign Of Love)
6:51
6. Yes
7:06
7. Viva la vida
4:04
8. Violet Hill
3:50
9. Strawberry Swing
4:08
10. Death And All His Friends
6:18
   
21/11/2008
Prospekt's March Edition - CD Parlophone 2647112 (EMI) / EAN 5099926471129
CD 1:
1. Life In Technicolor
2:30
2. Cemeteries Of London
3:21
3. Lost!
3:55
4. 42
3:57
5. Lovers In Japan (/ Reign Of Love)
6:51
6. Yes
7:07
7. Viva la vida
4:01
8. Violet Hill
3:43
9. Strawberry Swing
4:10
10. Death And All His Friends
6:19
CD 2:
1. Life In Technicolor II
4:06
2. Postcards From Far Away
0:48
3. Glass Of Water
4:45
4. Rainy Day
3:26
5. Prospekt's March / Poppyfields
3:39
6. Coldplay feat. Jay-Z - Lost!
4:19
7. Lovers In Japan (Osaka Sun Mix)
3:58
8. Now My Feet Won't Touch The Ground
2:30
   

MUSIC DIRECTORY
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COLDPLAY IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Yellow07/01/2001522
In My Place18/08/2002233
Clocks30/03/20032811
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face03/08/2003431
The Scientist09/11/2003405
Speed Of Sound05/06/200599
Fix You25/09/20052510
Talk29/01/20062012
The Hardest Part25/06/2006403
Violet Hill25/05/2008916
Viva la vida29/06/2008241
Christmas Lights19/12/2010321
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall19/06/20111412
Paradise25/09/2011330
Princess Of China (Coldplay & Rihanna)03/06/20121613
Atlas22/09/2013301
Magic16/03/2014520
Midnight04/05/2014252
A Sky Full Of Stars18/05/2014218
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Parachutes10/09/2000255
A Rush Of Blood To The Head08/09/2002187
Live 200323/11/2003167
X&Y19/06/2005177
Viva la vida Or Death And All His Friends29/06/2008157
Prospekt's March07/12/2008501
Mylo Xyloto06/11/2011160
4CD Catalogue Set05/05/2013315
Ghost Stories01/06/2014122
SONGS BY COLDPLAY
1.36
42
A Message
A Message 2010
A Rush Of Blood To The Head
A Sky Full Of Stars
A Whisper
All Your Friends
Always In My Head
Amsterdam
Animals
Another's Arms
Atlas
Bigger Stronger
Bloom Blaum
Brothers & Sisters
Brothers And Sisters
Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Careful Where You Stand
Cemeteries Of London
Charlie Brown
Chinese Sleep Chant
Christmas Lights
Clocks (The Buena Vista Sound feat. Coldplay)
Clocks
Cold Success (Coldplay feat. Jay-Z)
Crests Of Waves
Daylight
Death And All His Friends
Death Will Never Conquer
Don't Let It Break Your Heart
Don't Panic
Easy To Please
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Everything's Not Lost
Fix You
For You
Ghost Story
Glass Of Water
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
Gravity
Green Eyes
Have Yourself A Very Little Xmas
Help Is Round The Corner
High Speed
How You See The World
Hurts Like Heaven
I Bloom Blaum
I Ran Away
In My Place
Ink
Left Right Left Right Left
Lhuna (Coldplay feat. Kylie Minogue)
Life In Technicolor
Life In Technicolor II
Life Is For Living
Lips Like Sugar
Lost!
Lost! (Coldplay feat. Jay-Z)
Lovers In Japan
Low
M.M.I.X.
Magic
Major Minus
Midnight
Moses
Moving To Mars
Murder
No More Keeping My Feet On The Ground
Now My Feet Won't Touch The Ground
O
Oceans
One I Love
Only Superstition
Parachutes
Paradise
Politik
Postcards From Far Away
Pour Me
Princess Of China (Coldplay & Rihanna)
Proof
Prospekt's March / Poppyfields
Rainy Day
Reign Of Love
Relojes (Rhythms Del Mundo feat. Coldplay & Lele)
See You Soon
Shiver
Sleeping Sun
Sparks
Speed Of Sound
Spies
Square One
Strawberry Swing
Such A Rush
Swallowed In The Sea
Talk
Talk (Max Graham vs. Coldplay)
The Escapist
The Goldrush
The Hardest Part
The Scientist
The World Turned Upside Down
Things I Don't Understand
Til Kingdom Come
Trouble
Trouble (Live)
True Love
Twisted Logic
U.F.O.
Up In Flames
Up With The Birds
Us Against The World
Violet Hill
Viva la vida
Warning Sign
We Found Love
We Never Change
What If
What If We Cry (Coldplay feat. Jay-Z)
White Shadows
Wish I Was Here (Cat Power & Coldplay)
X & Y
Yellow
Yes
You Only Live Twice
ALBUMS BY COLDPLAY
2CD Originals - Viva la vida / X&Y
4CD Catalogue Set
A Rush Of Blood To The Head
A Rush Of Blood To The Head + Parachutes
A Sky Full Of Stars
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall [Single]
Ghost Stories
Left Right Left Right Left
Live 2003
Live 2012
Mylo Xyloto
Parachutes
Parachutes / A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Parachutes / A Rush Of Blood To The Head / Live 2003
Prospekt's March
Viva la vida + X&Y
Viva la vida Or Death And All His Friends
X&Y
DVDS BY COLDPLAY
Live 2003
Live 2012
Time's Arrow
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 4.75 (Reviews: 100)
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******
At the time of writing, Coldplay is only a few hundred meters away from me, doing a secret show in Amsterdam, Paradiso. I can't be there, so I might as well write something about Coldplay since they're on/in my mind.

The album leaked yesterday on 4 june, but I'm going to buy it for sure. Let's go over the tracks:

Life in Technicolor (4.5 stars): A growing instrumental track that lets you get into the album immediately. It shifts over flawlessly into ..

Cemeteries of London (5 stars): A powerful song with a deathly tone ringing to it. Chris's voice is lower than usual and it fits the tune perfectly. The piano at the end shifts over to ..

Lost! (6 stars): Great tune, and this full-blown version sounds just as good as the accoustic version. The lyrics are especially powerful (You may be a big fish in a little pond/Doesn't mean you've won/Cause along may come/A bigger one). I love it, not to mention the beautiful instrumental part.

42 (6 stars): This one goes deep.. (And I'm sure/There must be something more...) and it's an epic song on it's own. This will be their fourth single from the album. Just go listen this, it's really grand.

Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love (5.5 stars/4 stars): Basically patched under one, it's still two completely separate songs. Lovers in Japan is another great song that is both deep and catchy. It's rumored to be the third single, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. As for Reign of Love.. you can easily listen to it, but it didn't stick to me as much as the other tracks. It's still a beautiful piece of music.

Yes/Chinese Sleep Chant (5.5 stars/4.5 stars): Yes is another darker sounding song (I'm so tired of this lonelyness), but musically it reminded me of God put a smile upon your face and A rush of blood to the head. Chinese Sleep Chant is not an instrumental track, but Chris Martin put his voice in the back explicitly, so the instruments would come out more. Solid track.

Viva La Vida (6 stars): The album's glory. This is a song you'll want to hear before you die.. and that sums it all up. This is the 2nd single.

Violet Hill (5.5 stars): This just makes me sad, but it's still a great track. You've probably heard it by now. This is the 1st single.

Strawberry Swing (4.5 stars): Cheerful melody, but a sad text make this another song that fits the album. Solid album track.

Death and all his Friends (6 stars): In my opinion another absolutely glorious song of the album. This is like Amsterdam on ROBTTH, but more cheerful. Simply beautiful.

The Escapist (4 stars): The album ends how it started. This is almost Life in Technicolor, except slightly different and a few lyrics. The album then fades out, only to be replayed again.
*
Such music was much in the end of the seventieth. Coldplay have not opened anything new.
***
goede cd
******
Uitstekende Coldplay en inderdaad een stuk beter dan het onsamenhangende X&Y.
***
this was a good album that flows smoothly but unfortunately it's just incredibly boring! some incredibly singles and their upbeat songs are surprisingly good but towards the middle you just feel like going to sleep!
*****
Quite a good album, but I don't think I'd say it's their best, despite it containing their best song - Viva La Vida. At times it focuses too much on the instrumentation, which is nice, and well done, but it's not what I enjoy from them. Still, there are plenty of great tracks on here, and it's an easy listen.
****
Quite solid and a bit better than I expected. I thought that apart from the singles it would be a right bore, but it's consistently interesting the whole way through. 4.5
****
Good album and liked all the singles off this one, however this is the least selling album here in the UK which has surprised me due to weeks held at #1. UK#1 for 6 weeks and Ireland#1. US#1. 1.2 million copies sold in the UK.
****
it's not good as their previous albums but sounds nice
******
This is a very stunning Coldplay album with many great consistency and with some very good highlights. There is no denying that Coldplay put a very commendable amount of effort into their albums and their hard work has resulted in the brilliant albums they produce, all of them at such a high level they are very difficult to rank.

This is a great album and I love the direction they took with this one. I really like this theme a lot more than Mylo Xyloto or X&Y. Although this shares the rating as Mylo Xyloto and Mylo Xyloto actually has a higher average, I would rate this album a lot better than Mylo Xyloto, mainly due to the fact that this album blended a lot better than Mylo Xyloto.

Although I am yet to finish hearing Coldplay's albums, I expected this to far and away be my favourite Coldplay album, especially over Mylo Xyloto. However, this album only was marginally better than Mylo Xyloto. This wasn't due to this album being as good as I would've like it to be, it's just that there's such a great variety of tracks and such unique songwriting that I couldn't possibly love every song. Also this has helped me come to the realisation that Mylo Xyloto is actually an album that is better than I thought it would be.

Unlike other reviewers here, I found that the tracks fit together on this album quite well, but it wasn't 'blended' so well that one track flawlessly flowed onto another (I would look to a Hillsong Live album if you wanted that).

The highlights of this album is Viva La Vida, which is my favourite ever track from them, Violet Hill and Lovers In Japan. Overall, the album showed great variety (like all Coldplay albums do) and I was not bored with any track except for the last one, Death And All His Friends.


Track listing: (Numbers in brackets denote rating of 6, * show released singles)

1. Life In Technicolor (5)
2. Cemeteries Of London (5)
3. Lost! * (5)
4. 42 (4)
5. Lovers In Japan * (6) + Reign Of Love (6)
6. Yes (4) + Chinese Sleep Chant (5)
7. Viva La Vida * (6)
8. Violet Hill * (6)
9. Strawberry Swing * (5)
10. Death And All His Friends (4)

Album average: 5.08
Final Album grade: A (A bumped up grade because I especially love the singles)
****
4.5

Pretty good record which shows their desire to make an edgier piece of work after X&Y and getting Brian Eno in the mix. Unfortunately some of the songs don't really experiment and remain unchanged song-forms with trillions of synths and effects thrown at them (particularly 'Lost!') and lack the subtle ingenuity of A Rush. Other places show them working with genuinely more interesting ideas however and the title track is a great example of how sometimes a pop tune doesn't really need to change its formula to still be great.
******
My favourite album from Coldplay and the 1st album I ever brought. Nice use of different sounds. The 2 lead Singles stand out but also Life In Technicolor, Cemeteries Of London, Lost, Reign Of Love, Yes, Chinese Sleep Chant, DAAHF and hidden end track The Escapist are good too.
Last edited: 14/12/2013 04:38
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