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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Viva La Vida is a great CD, but I wasn't really sure how the Prospekt March Edition would hold up. I was pleasantly surprised. Some of the tracks seem to be a real departure from Coldplay's usual style. "Lost (With Jay-Z)" is bashed by a lot of people, but I really respect that Coldplay just wanted to do something different (although I DIDNT respect that they allowed swearing in this album - I was really surprised. Rainy Day is probably my favorite track on the Prospekt's side... it's just so upbeat you can't help but love it. Really, if you like Coldplay, this is probably their best collection yet.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
For those who love Coldplay's latest offering, this is a great way to round your Viva experience out with the new EP, especially if you got the original album electronically. While it's not the most red-carpet edition imaginable, it is stylish and quite affordable. For those wondering whether to buy the EP, do so - it's a nearly seamless addition to the inspiration of Viva, with the sole exception of a couple dozen seconds of silly rapping overlaying "Lost+", unnecessary since it's the same version of the song on the album. Listen to it once.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2008
A worthy extension of Viva for Coldplay fans. A bright spot for me was to hear vocals overlayed to the "Life in Technicolor" track (part ii). . .but did we really need to hear Jay-Z rapping over (my favorite track) Lost!? The other material here is not earth shattering, but enjoyable. 4 stars moves to 3 for the Rush like mistake (roll the bones) of adding a train wreck into the middle of a great track. It's like listening to Bach and hearing Angus Young's guitar crunch jammed into the middle of the symphony.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2009
Just going to point out first that it does not come in a standard CD case.

Regardless, both CDs are amazing. I especially love the two Life in Technicolor tracks (first tracks on each disc.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2009
Before purchasing this album, I had doubts whether the tracks were worth listening to and after hearing first-hand how bad X&Y was, I was justified in having second thoughts about buying it. After hearing that the album had dropped down to $5 for a limited time, I decided to buy it and experience it first-hand. What I experienced was an almost perfect album. I have to admit that it does stray from their earlier albums like "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" but not being a hardcore Coldplay listener, I welcomed the change. Songs like "Lost!", "42", "Lovers in Japan" to name a few showcase Coldplay's new and welcomed direction where they expirement with various styles. Not to mention all the songs are extremely catchy and they will be stuck in your head for days. Here are some of my comments on the songs:

Life in Technicolor - 4/5; Short but sweet
Cemeteries of London - 4/5
Lost! - 5/5; Catchy
42 - 5/5
Lovers in Japan - 5/5; One of my favorites, awesome lyrics
Yes - 5/5; Also my favorite, features Martin singing looow, middle eastern section
Viva La Vida - 5/5; Amazing of course
Violet Hill - 4/5; Love the guitar solo
Strawberry Swing - 2/5; Okay, could have been left out
Death And All His Friends - 5/5; Great ending to a great album

Disc 2 is also awesome. I don't have time to comment on each song but make sure you buy the Prospekt's March edition! Why some of them were left out of Disc 1 is suprising really.

In summary, buy the album for you and 10 of your friends. It's that good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2014
This album may just be the Viva album and the Prosket's March EP together, and that EP is just the "trash" from the Viva sessions and some remixes. But this set is perfect for a true Coldplay fan. I bought it because I wanted the Prospekt's March EP in a physical CD, but the EP alone was more expensive than this set, so I thought that it was a good idea to spend the money, and it was a good choice.

Songs:

-Life In Technicolor II In my opinion this song is way much better than the Viva one. Instrumentaly and lyricaly.

-Postcards From Far Away A really simple piano piece, that inspires you.

-Glass Of Water A masterpiece, in fact Chris' favorite song. A great combination of guitar, durms, bass and piano at the end.

-Rainy Day At first it sounds like a weather forecast song, but then it becomes a vey powerful song with great lyrics.

-Prospekt's March/Poppyfieds Really calm song don't know why it didn't make the cut for the Viva album.

-Lost + It's the song Lost! with Jay-Z's rap in the end.

-Lovers In Japan (Osaka Mix) It's Lovers In Japan without the hidden track "Reign Of Love".

-Now My Feet Won't Touch The Ground A great ending for the EP.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2008
It's Cd of the year for a reason...it's darn catchy and well done. U2 called by the way, they want their record back! Hahahahaaa!!! OK, kidding. Disc 2 is worth a listen, but the meat and potatoes is on disc #1. The downfall is the rapping over "Lost" on CD #2 as others have mentioned.....sorry! No good! They ruined this track. Don't try to be all things to all people. Coldplay is not ghetto. It's the only track you must skip over completely because its a great song that was destroyed by urbanizing it. Other than that, please do buy it!
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on September 17, 2012
Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida' was a delightful buy for me. I didn't make it a point to start buying all of their albums until about two years ago... though I've always liked what I 'd heard/seen of them from radio, TV, internet, etc. So I purchased this album, having already heard their newest 'Mylo Xyloto' and all the others, wanting to hear it in the order they originally placed the songs in, because I feel it's the best way to get a feel for what any artist wants to portray that particular album as.

When I began listening to this album, I was entirely refreshed on what type of band I always thought Coldplay was. While a lot of fans argue that this album is the one when they took a jog from their original sound, and didn't like this new approach... I was taken aback at the soaring orchestral rhythms in the ever-popular title track and my personal favorite of the album: "Yes", along with the feel good tracks of "Life In Technicolor", "Lovers in Japan", and "Strawberry Swing", and then the ballads of "Lost!' and "Cemeteries of London" hit just the right heartstrings on my musical heart.

I'd already marked the X&Y album as my favorite set of songs, lyrically speaking.
But the further I examined Viva La Vida, the more I realized that never had I ever before said to myself whilst listening to Coldplay, "Wow! Did you hear that awesome violin in their?" or "I wish I had this track with music only" ... and these things I have said to myself after listening to this album.

Here's my conclusion:
Viva La Vida is my favorite Coldplay album when it comes to stepping up their musical ability.
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on April 12, 2011
Coldplay certainly hit their stride with this their fourth album. The songs sound more confident and more purposeful than before, stamping and punching the air like they mean it. Once again the finest songs are not the singles. 'Lost' and 'Yes' resonate and etch a indelible mark on the long term memory banks.

The addition of the Prospekts March EP is a further embelishment of the quality of the album sessions, with songs like 'Glasses of Water' and 'Life in Technicolor II' sounding as essential as those on the full album. However I remain unsure as to the completeness of the works, and a little perturbed that I have to listen to what are in effect slight variations to the same theme.

However the disjointed arrangement does not diminish what's accomplished - 5 stars from me. =)
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on March 25, 2014
The case these CDs come in is literally a pamphlet. The discs are in completely unprotected paper pockets, where they can easily fall out. The booklets are stuck in the same pockets as the discs, and don't contain any lyrics (just a few pages of pictures in each one).

As for the music, Viva la Vida is the best album Coldplay has made so far. Prospect's March is an excellent collection of b-sides and remixes to top off the main album.
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