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Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends is the fourth studio album by English alternative rock band Coldplay, released in June 2008. Coldplay released four singles from the record: "Violet Hill" and "Viva la Vida" in May 2008 and "Lost!" and "Lovers in Japan" in November 2008. "Viva la Vida" is the band's first song to reach number one in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The album was released to critical and commercial success. It won Best Rock Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

# Title Length 1. "Life in Technicolor" (Berryman/Buckland/Champion/Martin/Hopkins) 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" (includes hidden song "Chinese Sleep Chant") 7:06 7. "Viva la Vida"   4:01 8. "Violet Hill"   3:42 9. "Strawberry Swing"   4:09 10. "Death and All His Friends" (includes hidden song "The Escapist": Berryman/Buckland/Champion/Martin/Hopkins) 6:18 Bonus tracks # Title Length 11. "Lost?"   3:40 12. "Lovers in Japan (Acoustic Version)"   3:49
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Label:  Capitol Records
Release Date:  June 17, 2008
ArtistColdplay
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review by . September 02, 2008
Coldplay moves away from their usual radio-friendly soaring anthems, but still score big with their fourth studio album, which is filled with rich instrumental passages, as in the very first track "Life in Technicolor".     The second track "Cemeteries of London" reminds me of soundtrack music from those old spaghetti westerns, but with deep and introspective lyrics:     "God is in the houses and God is in my head... and all the cemeteries in London...   I …
review by . October 24, 2008
This is a very good album from Coldplay. My favorite track is the lead single "Viva la Vida". It is very spirited song. Chris Martin's vocals are excellent on this track. The guitar playing by Jonny Buckland is so good on the track "Violet Hill". Will Champion provides a steady strong drum beat throughout this entire disc. "Life in Technicolor" is an excellent instrumental track. The boys of Coldplay show that a song can still be great even without lyrics with this track. "Strawberry Swing" is a …
review by . September 27, 2008
Pros: To put it short, Coldplay is one of the most innovative groups in music now...     Cons: None (read review)     The Bottom Line: I love Coldplay, and this album is every reason why.  Chris Martin's musical genius is apparent in each and every brilliantly crafted song.       During the past couple of years, Coldplay has gone from being just a blip on my musical radar, to my favorite band (well, third after John Mayer …
review by . September 01, 2008
Every so often a band comes along that breaks new ground and spreads life messages with unfaltering confidence and high artistic vision, and, once making it big, never sacrifices its artistic integrity. The first of these was the Beatles in the 1960s. U2 rose up in the 1980s. In the 1990s, Radiohead rose and was set to become the next of these bands. But when their fourth album, 2000's "Kid A," broke too much ground for mainstream listeners to handle, those listeners twirled around to face Coldplay, …
review by . June 19, 2008
posted in Music Matters
Coldplay is creating some of the best music around, and this album enhances their form. I found every song here to be solid, no filler, and this album is full of hits... the orchestral viva la vida is energetic and fits in with the melodic and somewhat melancholic range of tunes on the album. If you like the previous Coldplay albums this one should satisfy you. Not much more needs to be said!
review by . June 17, 2008
posted in Music Matters
Coldplay's music comes off like it's another sequel soundtrack of Arthur C. Clarke's `2001: A Space Odyssey'. Mesmerizing, the echo effect of Jonny Buckland's guitar is second-cousin twice removed from U2's The Edge with lead singer Chris Martin's voice sounding like a homely, but likable, version of Bono. Far be it from me to complain or make a claim of plagiarism--more like natural alchemists: they remain sustaining with their songs, much like The Cure did in their …
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