US LP pressing. A special EP/Mini Album only available for a limited time, featuring new artwork with a special EP Booklet. 8 tracks of new material including 5 brand new songs, a special guest appearance from Jay Z on the new version of Lost+, plus … see full wiki
Still riding the waves summoned by "Viva La Vida," the boys make like their heroes, Radiohead, and release a new product made from songs recorded during the sessions for their last album that weren't used on that album. A few of these eight tracks are as attractive as those on "Viva La Vida," but they lack the faux-bold production that made "Viva La Vida" seem so good. Now that the original with-lyrics version of "Life in Technicolor" has presented itself, it's even more clear that it's Martin's stab at giving his group their own "Where the Streets Have No Name"; for the record, this version seems much better than the one they actually used. "Rainy Day" sounds really cute, and "Glass of Water" sounds pretty nice, but neither amounts to a lot. The most exciting piece is "Lost+," which is the same as the real thing, only with a Jay-Z rap over the geriatric Edge-solo-wannabe. "Postcards from Far Away" presumes that people are digging Coldplay so much that they'll even be happy to hear a quaint 48-second piano piece--and they're probably right. Still, "Now My Feet Won't Touch the Ground" sounds like an aggrivatingly foolish statement for Martin to make, especially since his premonition "People talking without speaking/Tryin' to take what they can get" in the title track sounds like he's describing his own band.