I was kidding about the true newplayer part (this whole "civil war" thing seems pointless to me), but yeah those are my views about the mentioned songs. The first Coldplay album I've heard in its entirety was Viva, so they've always been the colourful and poppy-but-still-somehow-artsy kind of band and not the sad and emotional band most 2000-05 fans fell in love with (I only started listening to their older stuff two years after Viva was released). I hope it makes sense.
Actually I was expecting to hear more dance Daft Punk-y stuff like AOAL. I'd really love to hear more experimental s