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Cigdem Göle

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Coldplay's new album Viva la Vida (Or Death And All His Friends ) has received mixed

reactions from music critics since they have chosen a different path than they did

in Parachutes, A Rush Of Blood To The Head and X and Y. My personal opinion of

" Coldplay can never record an album better than Parachutes" has begun to change

as the Viva la Vida CD keeps playing over and over again in my CD player.

The album opens with a fantastic instrumental ,Life In Technicolor, which immediately

gives the idea that the album has a very different atmosphere than Coldplay's previous

studio albums. It can also be seen in Chris Martin's changeable vocals

in Yes, Strawberry Swing and Death And All His Friends.

The album's most interesting song is Violet Hill, which holds

a little bit of 80s gloomy pop –rock sound. Yet, it is maybe the most powerful

tune in the whole album along with Lost!. 42 is the song that has the closest

tune to the typical Coldplay sound. It reminds the listener of the ballads such

as Yellow in Parachutes but when compared, 42 sounds weaker than those

wonderful and passionate tunes in Parachutes.

All in all, Coldplay have improved their sound and did a very good job in Viva la Vida.

Highly recommended!

Edited by Cigdem Eksi
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