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More Info:The band Rolling Stone once named the"biggest rock band of the year"is ready to take the world by storm once again as they release their highly-anticipated fourth studio album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. The album comprises 10 brand new tracks, recorded in London, Barcelona and New York with producers Brian Eno and Markus Dravs.
It's been three years since Coldplay's X&Y didn't garner nearly as much goodwill as their first two efforts, prompting many to suggest that the U.K. foursome's reign of Radiohead-lite chart-toppers was petering out. After a long hiatus to take on various social and political causes, falsetto-rocking frontman Chris Martin started to appear on hip-hop singles, of all places. He graced Swizz Beatz' debut, Jay-Z's comeback album and is currently all over the airwaves on Kanye West's "Homecoming." So, naturally, Viva La Vida will be stoked with cameos from Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Lil' Wayne and T-Pain, right? Er, no. With
legendary producer Brian Eno at the boards, the band surprisingly decided to flex their creative muscles, crafting abstract compositions that aren't as radio-friendly as you might expect. First single "Violet Hill" is a noisy, drone-y march that seems not of this decade'"and it's a step in the right direction.