Something about them just never fails to put a smile on my face…Viva La Vida doesn’t fail but so far I haven’t been floored either. I don’t know… I think I need to digest it a bit more.

Brian Eno, the ambient genius that he is, produced this fourth full length album of Coldplay’s.  Viva opens with some atmospheric 80’s goodness and then Lost! comes on and it is inspiring with the hand clapping and bass drum beating, it marches straight into my heart… Cuteums! Then the album peaks with a couple of epic tracks, Lovers In Japan and Yes, both are really well composed. The title track is quite fantastic as well, along with Violent Hill and Strawberry Swing. I just think I need to listen and absorb it a little more to really know if this made it onto my favorites of 2008 list. I will be honest I am a little disappointed I suppose… I just don’t feel as I did when I first heard a Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) or X&Y (2005), but that is alright because some of my favorite albums of all time needed a bit more attention before I declared my undying love.

mp3: Lost!

mp3: Strawberry Swing

Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends 2008 (Capitol)

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