It's Coldplay's fourth album. It was produced by music legend Brian Eno (and the lesser known Markus Dravs). It contains songs full of sweeping grandeur and lush orchestration - "Life in Technicolor," as the opening song puts it so well. And no matter whatever else I say about it here, you probably already love it or hate it. Because somewhere along the line between the out-of-nowhere breakhthrough of "Yellow" and 2005's almost universally panned X&Y, Coldplay became one of the most divisive bands in rock. Because you figure the world could either use another U2 or it couldn't, I suppose. (Something else that plays into all of this must be lead singer Chris Martin's marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow.) Coldplay don't shy away from being artsy on Viva La Vida, literally. The album's title references a Frida Kahlo painting, while the cover art comes from French painter Eugene Delacroix's iconic Liberty Leading the People.
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