Viva La Vida 2009 Tour Edition
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This import-only limited CD/DVD (NTSC/Region 0) repack includes six music videos to the singles off the album, including the final single 'Strawberry Swing'. Other videos include; Violet Hill, Viva La Vida, Lost!, Lovers In Japan and Life In Technicolor ii. The album features the same 10 tracks as the US edition.
Features inverted artwork of the original sleeve.
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So upon first listen to Viva La Vida, I was immediately disappointed. It seemed way too short, which lead me to think that they just mailed this one in. My friend said he liked it though, and that it reminded him of the Beatles, which I thought a bit odd.
So upon a 2nd and 3rd listen, I grew to like it a little more with each listening. However, I don't think it's ever going to be as good as their other albums, no matter how many times I listen to it. There is some good stuff on here, but just not epic-good-stuff.
Am I going to be listening to Viva La Vida five years from now like X&Y or A Rush of Blood? It's tough to say... and I think that's the real measure of an album for a band like Coldplay.
The record itself sounds really good; I was surprised with the quality of the pressing. Super clear and crisp.
That said, as a whole, this album is a complete and flowing thought that finishes where it starts off literally. Im sure that has to do with the whole cycle of life and death but you can make your own meanings out of the music. I hate to call it a concept album but its close to one because of its cohesiveness.
I am glad they are trying something different and that they pulled it off. XY was a good album but you could tell that the band was ready to move on past their familiar sound and style. This album is a must have...and its best heard if played from track start to end the first few times you listen. There are strong tracks but no one track is greater than the whole album, thus making this their best album.
I was surprised that this CD had such an impact on me, ( being primarily a classic rock fan )but after listening to it a few times I've found that Coldplay reflects emotion and thoughtfulness that I honestly thought was lost on most if not all of the more recent groups making money in the music industry these days.
I now own my own copy of this CD, and a few other recordings by Coldplay. Finding that most of their music fit in very well in my Classic Rock collection, and if given half a chance would recommend it with praise to any of my friends.