Rolling Stone Albums of 2008: Coldplay’s Viva La Vida at Number 7

Coldplay’s Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends is no.7 on Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of 2008. Here’s what they had to say about the album:

During the sessions for Viva la Vida, Chris Martin consulted a hypnotist to help with the pressure of writing the Great American Rock Album. And it worked. Coldplay got ambitious, calling in Talking Heads and U2 producer Brian Eno, drawing on exotic instruments like Indian tablas and the Persian santur, writing about world events instead of their own feelings, and making music as far-reaching as their global fan base. They ended up with an album that’s massively expansive yet intimate enough to incite lighter-waving from London to Tokyo.

More discussion on this here [thanks ezny]

Top 10:

1 | TV on the Radio: Dear Science
2 | Bob Dylan: Tell Tale Signs — The Bootleg Series Vol. 8
3 | Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III
4 | My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges
5 | John Mellencamp: Life, Death, Love and Freedom
6 | Santogold: Santogold
7 | Coldplay: Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
8 | Beck: Modern Guilt
9 | Metallica: Death Magnetic
10 | Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend


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