The end of the year is obviously a time of the year for people to reminisce on the music they've listened to these past 366 days, and invariably Coldplay's Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends has popped up with a late year review on the blogs. Here's one such review, posted on the final day of the year:
Rare is the album that can strike the balance between a dominant hit and a larger piece that plays well throughout. However, Coldplay's Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends is not only an excellent vehicle for "Viva La Vida," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 on June 28, it is an album that sees an already accomplished band spreading its wings and venturing into new, bigger sounds. And they find great success doing so.
The title track to the band's fourth album has been unavoidable this year, and for good reason. First of all, it was a part of an iTunes ad, and we've all seen what that has done for certain songs in the past (Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" and Feist's "1234" come to mind.) But more importantly, a well-crafted rock anthem is hard to dislike, and "Viva La Vida" is certainly worthy of the anthem moniker.
Check back tomorrow for Coldplaying's final 2008 review with December. For now, read this full album review article at WikiColdplay here