Viva La Vida

Music review by
Maria Dinoia, Common Sense Media
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Darker album from emotionally charged band.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 40 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byphilsphan13 December 30, 2010

Good music for those with adult tastes

Like the album title itself says, long live life. That is basically what the album is about for me. For me the album contrasts life and death throughout, but li... Continue reading
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written byKakarot December 3, 2009


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... Continue reading
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 prett... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • Artist: Coldplay
  • Release date: June 16, 2008
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 28, 2015

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