Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends by Coldplay (Parlophone/Capitol, 2008)
For this their fourth studio album, Coldplay forced themselves to experiment with different sounds and styles. Coldplay also brought in the iconic producer Brian Eno. As the title of the album suggests (and the album cover art), Viva la Vida‘s lyrics focus on love, life, death and war.
Viva la Vida was a critical and commercial success. The title track became their first song to reach #1 in both the U.S. and UK, won for Best Rock Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards, was the best selling album of 2008 (globally) and was re-released at the end of 2008 as a deluxe edition. So far, Viva la Vida has sold more than 10 million copies. Of the 29 worldwide music charts that Viva la Vida appeared on, the album peaked in the top 5 on every chart!
Singles off the album were Violet Hill, Viva la Vida, Lost! and Strawberry Swing.
Coldplay wanted the album to be 45 minutes so Viva la Vida is gapless (meaning the songs fade into each other). The gaplessness did help, but the album clocks in at 45:49, a little bit disappointing for them, but in the grand scheme of things, Viva la Vida is definitely an album for Coldplay to be proud of and quite an achievement for any musical artist.