Three years on from the stadium-conquering X&Y, Coldplay are once again braving the critics and public.
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, which is released in mid June, is the band’s fourth release, sonically guided by the production genius Brian Eno.
Here the band talk you through the album, track by track:
:: Lovers In Japan/Reign Of Love
Joyous indie-pop sparkler bleeds into bell-ringing hymnal.
Guy Berryman: “Couldn’t we make our minds up? No, it’s because we didn’t want to have an extra number on the CD. To keep it concise at 10 tracks.”
Will Champion: “We just preferred to have less titles and more stuff. The album as a whole has got the most on it, but it’s the shortest. We wanted to make it almost impossible for you to not listen to it all in one go.”
:: Viva La Vida
Strident, string-led cinematic opus featuring lyrics about cavalries, missionaries and kings.
Guy: “It’s a story about a king who’s lost his kingdom, and all the album’s artwork is based on the idea of revolutionaries and guerrillas. There’s this slightly anti-authoritarian viewpoint that’s crept into some of the lyrics and it’s some of
the pay-off between being surrounded by governments on one side, but also we’re human beings with emotions and we’re all going to die and the stupidity of what we have to put up with every day. Hence the album title.”
This feature - and a full interview with Coldplay - will be in the July issue of Q, on sale June 1.
6:11 PM | 15/05/2008
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