"Violet Hill" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Shrewd lyrics for thinking teens.





What parents need to know

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Some obscure and poetic talk about soldiers and the state of the world, but nothing detailed or gratuitous at all. ("Bury me in honor/When I'm dead and hit the ground/A love back home unfolds" and "I don't want to be a soldier/With the captain of some sinking ship.")

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this first single from Coldplay's upcoming CD Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends is fine for kids -- and teens in particular will appreciate the poetic language about the state of the world. Kids were able to download it free from the band's site for a week before its release.

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What's the story?

\"VIOLET HILL\" is the first single off the upcoming album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (check back in June for our review), and was downloaded more than 600,000 times in the first 24 hours on the band's Web site. In typical Coldplay fashion, the lyrics are safe for kids' ears, but are more eloquent (much like the music) and obscure than the \"typical\" indie bands' offerings these days. It's a poetic and sensitive journey that starts with a short mythical instrumental, steadily builds, and then ends with the lead singer's simple quiet fade out.

Is it any good?


There's something very soothing about "Violet Hill" -- maybe it's Chris Martin's calm strength or maybe it's the looping rhythms, but the song leaves listeners with a sense of satisfaction. It seems like the song is going to build momentum and never really does, but that OK -- the musical tension keeps the listener gripped and no doubt will have fans pumping their fists to it at live shows. Toward the end, the music dies -- aside from a piano -- as we get a glimpse of lead singer Chris Martin's signature high-pitched whispering style found on every Coldplay track.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Coldplay's decision to let fans download this song for free. Why do you think they did this? Will the hype generate more sales of the full album when it comes out?

Music details

Release date:May 5, 2008
Genre:Indie Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old July 11, 2009

Beautiful Work Chris, Buy, Jonny, and Will!

This is a beautiful song! The only thing that would upset parents is that there is some talk about God. The band doesn't really understand it, so some lyrics honestly don't make sense. Anyways, you can't really understand the world in the song.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


This song should be like 5+! ar eyou kidding there is nothing bad about this song!!


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