I’ve been waiting long and patiently for the latest Coldplay album, Viva La Vida, to come my way. It’s been out for a while, but I don’t buy CDs anymore because they make good gift ideas for Christmas and birthdays. I finally got my hands on my own copy over Christmas and… I’m sad.
X&Y, their previous album, was an incredible piece of art. In fact, it is one of the few albums that I have that I would honestly say is best as a whole because each song plays off the others, and there is a real story being told. It’s not the best album I own, but I’d certainly place it in my top 20, if not the top 10.
But Viva La Vida…? With the exception of the title track, which is solid, and a few other songs, I was left really cold by most of the album. It just wasn’t that good. I’m a big fan of Coldplay and have been since before Parachutes hit the scene back in 2001, but Viva La Vida was sure a sour kick to the teeth, especially after the broad success of Rush of Blood and X&Y.
Maybe a second time through will help….