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Viva La Vida

June 17, 2008

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Viva La Vida

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  • Original Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Release Date: June 12, 2008
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2008 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2008 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Duration: 4:01 minutes
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261 Paid in MP3 Songs (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Songs)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva La Coldplay June 17, 2008
Coldplay is in the running for most improved and inventive band of the year. "Viva La Vida" has been selected as the song to lead the charge on mainstream radio, and Coldplay expands on their new "cultured" sound. Gone are the melodic experiences that were "Clocks" and "Speed of Sound," and welcome to the string-based epic of "Viva La Vida." Is the new sound better? While most would say no, I think the song grows on you. And in the end it's nice to have a fine work of art worthy of Da Vinci, rather than the pumpkin carvings of Young Jeezy.

The sound is as I said a melodic epic with lots of strings. The music goes perfectly with the song, and it seems to hit all the right notes. Structurally, it is equally as brilliant, building to its epic climax complete with choirs and bells. Chris Martin can only add to the song with his ever-melodic vocals, which have never sounded better. You have to admit, Gwynth Paltrow and Chris Martin have only gotten better in their work, and they have seemed to hit new highs this summer.

Lyrically, it undeniably has a lot of Christian imagery, which would make sense since he's Catholic. But the overall meaning could be a myriad of things. But in either case, the lyrics, the music, the vocals, the atmosphere, all mesh together in one glorious tune. And amazingly, the song comes out a bit catchy.

Overall, Coldplay's best? It's epic. It's melodic. It's different. It's brilliant. It's Coldplay. I can't wait to listen to the whole album, but if it's anything like the two I've heard so far, it should be the best album of the past few years. A true work of art in the sea of tranquility. I can only hope it reaches #1 on the Hot 100.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it. June 23, 2008
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I've rarely listened to Coldplay - I prefer Keane myself, but when I heard the groove and hook to Viva La Vida I was instantly converted. It's huge, and awesome in its wall-of-sound thickness. This is all I ask for from my summer music. And pretentious? Get out of here - exactly how many pop songs about Napoleon can you compare it to? Smart, hooky music - I'll take all I can get.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva La Vida - Live the Life July 15, 2008
A song with a Spanish title ('Viva La Vida' is literally 'Live the Life' in English.) based on a Spanish painting of the same name.

It's accepted meanings range from Napoleon and the French Revolution to Jesus Christ. Quite a range.

This is one of those songs that I can listen to over and over again and not get sick of (very quickly) and is in my opinion the best song on the album and in my top 20.

As with the rest of the album it is a departure from Coldplay's other work and incorporates orchestral, sweeping themes and tells a story of an apparent loss of power and the lament that follows. The song utilizes a certain Imperial age military beat and when combined with stirring lyrics and voice work it has a semi-epic feel which lifts the spirit, despite the melancholy theme of the song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva La Coldplay November 14, 2012
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One of my favorite Coldplay songs. This title song of the 2008 album, is uplifting and will put you in a great mood. You will find yourself tapping your toes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Greg
Worth matter what they said in 40 Year Old Virgin.
Cold play put together good lyrics with good music.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Viva La Coldplay August 14, 2008
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It is so hard to believe that Coldplay is still making really good songs this past decade, heart and soul. After the mammoth success of songs like Speed Of Sound, and the recent haunting and dark Violet Hill, Chris Martin and the boys still know what they are doing, and this latest single shows no signs of slowing down. Their latest single, the title track from their 4th album Viva La Vida, really brings in a nice mix of orchestral and pop worlds, which blend in pretty nicely with the song. I really like the feeling of this song through Chris and the boys, because it is simple, and doesn't feel like it is honestly as flimsy as who is hot right now like Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Brothers. While the song isn't as dominant as their earlier songs, it still shows that Coldplay is still on track. I hope their next single is as good, or even better than this.

Song: B 1/2-
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5.0 out of 5 stars great song April 22, 2014
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Always enjoyed the song, plays great on my Ipod. No complaints, would like to hear the rest of the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Song April 12, 2014
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This is a cool song, but I like the Scala & Kolacny version better.

Coldplay's lead singer is good, but he can't compete with 24 perfectly harmonized female voices.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars VIVA LA VIDA by COLDPLAY
Many years ago, when the band "COLDPLAY" first arrived on the music scene a friend of mine talked me into listening to some of "COLDPLAY'S" music, I must say that I... Read more
Published 11 days ago by todddjreese
5.0 out of 5 stars Great song
Upbeat, fantastic, and catchy. what more can one want in a song?

obviously one of the most popular songs by coldplay.
Published 13 days ago by Ebby
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Song
Am transcribing for Eb and Bb instruments; Catchy beat, but not sure sure how well it will translate once I try to build in a horn section.
Published 1 month ago by davegw78
5.0 out of 5 stars Great song
Very Christian song, reflecting on being humble. Very god rhythm also. Coldplay are very good. I hope they keep up the good work.
Published 1 month ago by Mike (Florida)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Song
Glad to have gotten this off the 69 cent song list. Coldplay produces great songs with soaring orchestrial music and great lyrics.
Published 1 month ago by Joanna Damons
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
My son loves this song by Coldplay. So we downloaded it for him. He was so happy to have this song. Thanks
Published 1 month ago by FerrariHunter13
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
I like this song a lot! It's one of my favorite songs! I just love the lyrics in my opinion.
Published 1 month ago by MCexpert38
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
looks like a good product with many nice features to work with. I would but this product again. . .
Published 1 month ago by D. Sholevar
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful song!
This has been on my play list for years now. Great song with some crazy but awesome lyrics. I feel it's a song of friendship, betrayal and a rise to glory and the trip back... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SFA
5.0 out of 5 stars Marie Antoinette
I heard this on a youtube clip about Marie Antoinette. I couldn't get the song out of my head. Hers is such a tragic story and the music went very well with it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christaphor Clark
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