Reviews for Coldplay's fourth album, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, are still trickling in over four months after its release. Here's one from a blogger at edublogs.org:
Chris Martin’s declarations that they had “thrown away all [their] tricks” and “tried to find new ones” is sure to have raised many eyebrows from critical circles, many of whom would have tagged Coldplay as a band devoid of imagination. Well, it turns out that their inspirations had been dormant all of this time, because their fourth effort, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), this quartet of certainly talented Englishmen finally show that they have substance to accompany their talent that had been lacking for all of these years.
Viva la Vida is undoubtedly not a perfect album, and certain parts of the record does not (or at least should not) convoke responses of approval. For all of its anthemic power, the title track speaks of revolution in the verses and something decidedly different throughout the chorus; Coldplay’s tendencies to be lyrically indeterminate and unclear seem to be a difficult habit to break.
Read the full review at WikiColdplay here