A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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?