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Viva La Vida

June 17, 2008 | Format: MP3

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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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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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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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Love this passionate and deeply Soulful and romantic high-vibe song that really rocks. This song is almost guaranteed to open my heart and uplift my mood. I like to exercise listening to this song as it is so uplifting and beautiful that the minutes at the gym (on the stairs or treadmill) fly by. Happy listening~*
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Viva La Vida is that kind of song that you never get tired of listening to. It tells the story of a fallen king. It has beautiful violin and guitar work; it just sounds great. There's also a Minecraft parody called "Fallen Kingdom". Speaking of Minecraft, Viva La Vida is great background music for Minecraft. It's strange that Viva La Vida and Coldplay are considered pop music, because Viva La Vida almost sounds like something with relations with 1400's England; the violin makes it sound like it made much, much before the 2000's. It'a great song, and it's the only Coldplay song I like.
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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. For those who were taught the wikipedia version of the French Revolution by ignorant coaches: Marie Antoinette never said, "Let them eat cake." This was one of many lies told by the malevolent authors of this horrendous revolution in order to turn people against her, as she was the strong one who could see through their plans whereas they knew that they could manipulate Louis XVI into acquiescing to their demands.
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Viva La Vida stops me in my tracks at the first note. Great story of the first time I heard this Coldplay song. I was sound asleep in our friends sixteenth floor penthouse beachside in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. We had gone to sleep around 1:00 am lulled by the ocean waves and a lively wedding down on the beach. At 4 am I was awakened by this melody and flew out of bed and out onto the balcony and called to my husband to come listen. This song was stuck in my soul and I had no idea the name or who did it and felt I would never hear it again. Then a month later driving my son's car with the digital readout on the radio Viva La Vida came on and I knew at the first note, so I know knew the name and artist and I have it with me all the time. Never has a song/melody held me so spellbound.
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