At the time of writing, Coldplay is only a few hundred meters away from me, doing a secret show in Amsterdam, Paradiso. I can't be there, so I might as well write something about Coldplay since they're on/in my mind.
The album leaked yesterday on 4 june, but I'm going to buy it for sure. Let's go over the tracks:
Life in Technicolor (4.5 stars): A growing instrumental track that lets you get into the album immediately. It shifts over flawlessly into ..
Cemeteries of London (5 stars): A powerful song with a deathly tone ringing to it. Chris's voice is lower than usual and it fits the tune perfectly. The piano at the end shifts over to ..
Lost! (6 stars): Great tune, and this full-blown version sounds just as good as the accoustic version. The lyrics are especially powerful (You may be a big fish in a little pond/Doesn't mean you've won/Cause along may come/A bigger one). I love it, not to mention the beautiful instrumental part.
42 (6 stars): This one goes deep.. (And I'm sure/There must be something more...) and it's an epic song on it's own. This will be their fourth single from the album. Just go listen this, it's really grand.
Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love (5.5 stars/4 stars): Basically patched under one, it's still two completely separate songs. Lovers in Japan is another great song that is both deep and catchy. It's rumored to be the third single, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. As for Reign of Love.. you can easily listen to it, but it didn't stick to me as much as the other tracks. It's still a beautiful piece of music.
Yes/Chinese Sleep Chant (5.5 stars/4.5 stars): Yes is another darker sounding song (I'm so tired of this lonelyness), but musically it reminded me of God put a smile upon your face and A rush of blood to the head. Chinese Sleep Chant is not an instrumental track, but Chris Martin put his voice in the back explicitly, so the instruments would come out more. Solid track.
Viva La Vida (6 stars): The album's glory. This is a song you'll want to hear before you die.. and that sums it all up. This is the 2nd single.
Violet Hill (5.5 stars): This just makes me sad, but it's still a great track. You've probably heard it by now. This is the 1st single.
Strawberry Swing (4.5 stars): Cheerful melody, but a sad text make this another song that fits the album. Solid album track.
Death and all his Friends (6 stars): In my opinion another absolutely glorious song of the album. This is like Amsterdam on ROBTTH, but more cheerful. Simply beautiful.
The Escapist (4 stars): The album ends how it started. This is almost Life in Technicolor, except slightly different and a few lyrics. The album then fades out, only to be replayed again.