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Viva La Vida



Darker album from emotionally charged band.
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Positive messages

This is generally a dark album. The songs (sometimes through complex double entendres) do cover the troubling subjects of death and suicide, but don't glorify them in any way.


"I was held from the rooftop then they let go/there's only screaming/let the windows down as I come to the ground" and "Every gun you ever held went off."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a generally dark album – much more so than Coldplay's previous ones. The songs (sometimes through complex double entendres) do cover the troubling subjects of death and suicide, but don't glorify them in any way.

What's the story?

Uber-producer Brian Eno (think U2) has transformed this larger-than-life band from mediocrity to musical supremacy. This 10-track collection (formally titled Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends) sonically expands from previously-labeled soft stadium rock and ventures in to unchartered waters with a striking fusion of contemplative piano, rhythmic guitars, and all-encompassing strings.

Is it any good?


The album's lyrical journey – sometimes haunting, sometimes suspenseful, and sometimes even campy – leaves you feeling like there's a lack of clarity in what the band wants the song to mean. The mysteriousness probably adds to Coldplay's allure, but may also leave some fans feeling like VIDA LA VIVA lacks direction. Either way, this fourth offering from this distinguished band is unpredictably gratifying.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Coldplay decided to go down a darker road musically. Do you think this will loose some fans? Also, families can discuss Coldplay's choice of cover art. What is the painting depicting? What do you think the band is trying to convey with their choice and how does it relate to their emotional music?

Music details

Release date:June 16, 2008
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHi5dud78 August 17, 2014

Mesmerizing Dark Tones

Viva La Vida is the fourth efforts from the British band Coldplay and is one of the best. Deciding to take on a different sound, Coldplay also allows themselves to use these moody rhythms to tackle darker tones like suicide, the after life, war and separation. Most people don't understand what the somewhat 'pop' influenced track, 'Viva La Vida' is really trying to say. The most haunting tracks on here are '42' and 'Death and All His Friends' serving as examples of how permanent suicide can be, and how war can change yourself, and the people around you.
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old April 14, 2014

14+? seriousely?

not as bad. oh, and by the way, none of the lyrics mentioned in this review are in the song. its a song about a king, not present day stuff. and there are pretty good messages, like the line "who would ever want to be king..." sends a message that you shouldn't act selfish, and that can bring you down in life. great song.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byshadowexile6 October 31, 2009
It really is a good CD coldplay is a good band for teens in the fact that there is no cursing and the songs have meaning


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