Hate ’em or hate ’em, you guys love talking about Coldplay. EMI’s bragging that 2 mililion people downloaded the first free single “Violet Hill,” so feel good, you’re not the only ones hate-listening. And Chris Martin knows this: On the new cut “Viva La Vida,” he croons “revolutionaries wait for my head on a silver plate.” So, one point for self-awareness, and another for turning out a fresh sounding (if U2-y in spirit) track. A Coldplay song with a string section and church bells that manages not to sound pretentious? No small feat, you guys. We credit fatherhood. Or Eno. Either way, the half-the-title track to the forthcoming Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends will probably inspire fewer bilious comments than last time — and definitely fewer comparisons to Radiohead.

(Thanks for the tip, Yiyo)

Coming soon to an arena near you. It’s nice. And It’s yours for a dollar at iTunes. Viva La Vida Or Death Ad All His Friends is out 6/12 via Capitol/Parlophone.

Comments (54)
  1. Promising track, something definitely different. I like that it doesn’t try to be so epic like a lot of X &Y. And dude, seriously, get off them already.

  2. Platyhelmenthes  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 +1

    Into it….Eno is definitely the captain of this ship.

  3. Vince  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 +1

    Great song. In all seriousness, I guess I like Coldplay a lot but I hate Coldplay fans. I will usually say things that I don’t really believe about them if people try to praise them for more than they are. Usually it’s girls that try to talk about how “Fix You” makes them cry everytime they hear it. And their live show was seriously just packed with those people. I’ll never pay to see them live again but I bet this album will be great all the way through.

    • drewhooler  |   Posted on May 14th, 2008 0

      I don’t think that could have been put more eloquently. It’s like the whole reason we all hate coldplay is because :

      a) we like them
      b) we like them and
      c) their fans make me want to kick old people in the shins

      the new stuff is good, just cave everyone. and honestly, it’s just the fact that delta gamma and pike buy out most of the arena shows now that pisses me off really

  4. SuperTrooper  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    I really was not that excited for this cd, but after hearing this and the first single, I can’t deny the growing excitement that is building. I can’t wait to hear the entire final album now, and am hoping the rest of it can match what they have released so far.

  5. IceCreamMan  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    Another heaping bowl of vanilla ice cream. Just in time for summer. I can’t wait to blast this disc with the rag top down on my Jeep.

  6. I don’t know where along the line I started to hate Chris Martin’s voice, but there’s something about this that makes my skin crawl. I won’t hate (I liked the first two albums) and I wish these guys all the best, but I won’t be lining up for this one. Some bands you just outgrow.

  7. christian  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    I have to give them their proppers for not lying when they say they’re trying something new. That’s normally a bullshit line from most bands, but these first two songs make some bold choices…true, it’s mostly in the production, but for me, that matters a lot. I think this album has already surpassed X&Y…

  8. d-w  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    This song is the best thing they’ve done in a very, very long time. Brian Eno, man. That guy is the tits.

  9. This song is AMAZING. I’m very excited for the new album. Love the new sound.

  10. WCAGA  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    This track especially, has me really stoked about the upcoming album. It’s going to be sick.

  11. Martin  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    2 mililion people!?!? I don’t even know how many that is!!!1!11!!!

  12. david van patten  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    Coldplay winning over SG readers?? Did justice remix “violet hill” and i missed it or something?

  13. grover  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    not bad unlike all of x&y zing

  14. SL  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    Pretty good, actually, but I’m still not sure I can forgive them for calling the album that.

  15. Twin Bed  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    I don’t see very much departure. I like Parachutes and have really been liking AROBTTH recently (fuck X&Y), but this song is a little bit too boring. They don’t really pull off beautiful or anything like that here. I hope this album is good and I’m still giving it a chance, but these first two tracks are nothing special.

  16. it sounds fairly decent. I guess I was wrong, perhaps there’s a tiny spark of hope for them to make bearable music again.

    X&Y was mediocre, to say the least. Most songs I couldn’t stand listening to, and made me nauseous. All of them were singles, to make matters worse. Fix You, the “my song is love” thing, list goes on. Awful album.

  17. Wells  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    Violet Hill reminds me of Phil Collins for some reason.

  18. Pitchfork  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0


  19. Win Butler  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    Awesome song-I have big expectations for this album.

  20. i love this song, definitely one of their best. its still coldplay, and you can say what you will, ill always have a soft spot for them. but this actually makes me kind of excited…

  21. jesus  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    sting guest vox on those outro ‘oooh’s

  22. chabs  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    I don’t hear what eno really added to this. If the songs and the performance aren’t there, there’s nothing a producer can do. It’s ok. I’m expecting this to be better than X/Y overall tho.

  23. d-w  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    @ Chabs:

    “I don’t hear what eno really added to this.”

    If you’ve ever listened to an Eno record, or any of his productions you can clearly hear his influence. The sonics are all there. But – more so than anything else – Coldplay were a band stuck in a rut. They seemed to have painted themselves into a corner; every song a retread of something they’d written before. And it’s clear that Eno really opened them up and got them to re-approach their material. I’m sure the band can be credited for some of this as well. There’s energy in these songs. The last record felt absent of anything resembling energy or passion. That’s what happens when you re-record the same songs 946 times….

  24. Todd  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    As a die hard fan of the band, I have to agree with you. As much as I love X&Y for the five or six great singles, the ‘new-ness’ of the new material is both undeniable and undeniably great. I can’t say anything too negative about X&Y, but I find it revitalizing as a listener to hear a step forward like this, and that because clearly the band is revitalized, and you can’t give Eno all of the credit for that work.

    Isn’t this exactly what R.E.M. just did? I don’t hear anyone giving Jacknife Lee all the credit for Accelerate.

  25. hoopla  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    this is coldplay?
    it sounds like chris martin singing over an epic orchestral arrangement. where’s the rest of the band?
    pretty catchy anthem tho.

  26. Win  |   Posted on May 8th, 2008 0

    This song is reminiscent of Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion.” Perhaps it’s the kick drum throughout. That seems to make sense since Markus Dravs worked with Arcade Fire on Neon Bible. And yes i do know Rebellion is from Funeral – another great album. I read somewhere that Coldplay said Arcade Fire had a big influence on the album. I can definitely see that with this amazing track. Despite the comparison to Arcade Fire, this is undeniably Coldplay and undeniably great. They have made a great musical progression. Can’t wait for the rest!

  27. Scott  |   Posted on May 9th, 2008 0

    Sorry, but this post is some epic shit pouring from a pretentious ass. Sad, sad, sad.

  28. Andrew  |   Posted on May 9th, 2008 0

    This song does a good job of effectively destroying whatever credibility they gained on the last single

  29. fong  |   Posted on May 9th, 2008 0

    Sorry, X&Y is their best album to date.

  30. well, the song is great, and there is some download http://tinyurl.com/6oqsd7

  31. dannyowen  |   Posted on May 10th, 2008 0

    eurythmics, anyone?

  32. I like this song. Not as much as Yellow, Shiver, Trouble, Clocks and other songs but I really like it. Yesterday I was listening Violent Hill 7 times (on their myspace profile).
    I’ve heard Viva La Vida is coming out 16th June. I can’t wait!!!
    I wish Coldplay all the best and good luck with sale.
    I hope it will be #1 on BBC Radio1.

  33. Brian  |   Posted on May 13th, 2008 0

    I’m a coldplay fan and I had real mixed feelings about Violet hill, but I like this, its much more on track with what I expect from Coldplay, and you can hear that Eno touch to it. good stuff.

  34. jvetter  |   Posted on May 14th, 2008 0

    Dare i say that Violet Hill sounded a little Wilco-ish? And that’s a great thing, obviously. The LaVida song was a Brain Eno fastball down mainstreet. That guy is a fucking genius, but the song lacked only for a little more snare (and perhaps a little more cowbell!!)
    I gotta fever, and cure is more Eno!!

  35. catakiosk  |   Posted on May 14th, 2008 0

    Sounds like Madonna’s Dear Jessie off Like A Prayer…sounds good though, especially the church bells interlude. Eno’s the man.

  36. yomamma  |   Posted on May 22nd, 2008 0

    to all of you hating… dont like it? then go listen to something else… let them do what they want to do. Do they work for you? No… criticize all you want, you cant even make one good sounding track so what do you know of recording albums? please….

  37. Their new song “Viva La Vida” is currently my all-time favorite song. It makes me feel like getting up, going out, starting to live, and seeing the nice things through the bad (want more corny?).
    I personally loved a lot of Coldplay’s old stuff (yes, X&Y epicness included). I don’t care if people think their fans are dumb, or if girls want to cry listening to their music…It’s good music to me. No music is “bad” music, just like no art is “bad” art. The reason there is so much is so people can be selective. So, stfu, enjoy the music, or don’t pass judgement.

  38. fool on the hill  |   Posted on May 25th, 2008 0

    KU-DOS. This new coldplay stuff is quite good in my opinion. As far as weeping fangirls go and how pretentious chris martin can be, at the end of the day this is a great band that makes great music, and that’s all that should matter shouldn’t it? Frankly I don’t care if a band is doing drugs out of their ass, or trying to save children in Africa. It’s about the music, and when the music is golden there’s no doubt I’m going to buy their album. And if you aren’t feeling their music, instead of hating on them, here’s an idea; find some music that you DO like.

  39. Tom  |   Posted on May 29th, 2008 0

    Anybody who denies liking at least one Coldplay song is full of s%$t. The new song solidifies their place as the, dare I say it, new U2.

  40. Tanya  |   Posted on Jun 4th, 2008 0

    “I know St. Peter won’t say my name” – is this song about Jesus???

  41. dan  |   Posted on Jun 11th, 2008 0

    It’s not daring, or ground breaking, or bold, or cool. It’s safe, boring and stagnant, and the lyrics are absolutely terrible. I don’t understand why the world is so captivated by this wanky stuff. I guess it’s because it’s accessible and people can relate with it. So lame. It’s Western medicine. Lap it up, masses. Keep thinking inside the box. The spoon will continue to feed you.

  42. meg  |   Posted on Jun 12th, 2008 0

    my favourite coldplay album would have to be a rush of blood to the head..

    I have to say that viva la vida is definitely not their best album…. and to those of you who are attributing its good qualitites to brian eno.. well all i can say is, stop theorizing music… evaluating a song is simple really.. ask yourself if it entertains you.. or makes you feel elated….that’s the best that can happen…. and viva la vida does that…..people who think that a good song is one that makes you experience profound epiphanies are just kidding themselves.. or, for all you know, the words of an inane song like “Oops i did it again” may prompt you to do something that needed doing..lol..

    coming to lyrics.. well .. i like the way chris has organised viva la vida… of course the words may speak to me differently than to someone else.. hearing the song once is enough to grasp the theme.. it s about an entity (person, country etc.) lamenting the loss of power it once wielded….

    i really don’t get how people can hate coldplay.. a lot of you may be exposed to a wider, less accessible range of music.. but that dosen’t mean all mainstream groups like coldplay suck…they’re talented and do not bore their fans with pretense ….coldplay fans( at least this one) only care about the beautiful music that comes wafting from their camp… and i feel only pity for those who don’t like them… such people can never understand that a song need not have cryptic lyrics or a story behind it to be worth listening to… it just needs to be “in tune” (literally) with what you are feeling at a certain time… and in my case, coldplay always gets it right…

  43. Bryan  |   Posted on Jun 12th, 2008 0

    People that don’t understand Coldplay can say what they will….I for one have been hooked ever since 2003 when I listened NON-STOP front to back to ROBTTH while driving cross country….it seemed the melodies had PROFOUND meaning in my life at the time. I am a die hard fan and the debut of a new Coldplay disc is like Christmas morning for a 9 year old to me.

    • Guy  |   Posted on Jun 18th, 2008 0

      I have never heard the phrase “people who don’t understand Coldplay.”

      What bothered me about the last album was that:
      1)The songs were all the same formula
      2)The songs were rip-offs of the previous album with more keyboard
      3)15 year old girls thought it was the greatest album ever

      That said, I actually enjoy Viva La Vida as an album, even if the apparent Arcade Fire ripoffage at time does grate.

      Glad to see they made it out of their rut.

  44. kas  |   Posted on Jun 21st, 2008 0

    fantastic album majestic percussion, original, melodic,stirring. so stop fuckin slaggin them off hater pricks. Give the shit where its due to all the bubblegum shite manufactured crap r+b and cheesy rap that comes out of america

  45. Giacomo  |   Posted on Jun 23rd, 2008 0

    I think this album is finally full of vitality, at the contrary of the static X&Y… I really like it, there’s sponteneity and a warm sound…Congratulations to Coldplay and Uncle Brian…This might be their greatest one ‘tll today…The only detuned note is “Reign of love”…hell, it’s a copy of ‘Till Kingdom Come!! Despite this….Coldplay are one of my favourite band ever!!! I love you, guys! THANKS….

  46. milkeywaybarsinsummer  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2008 0

    Wow.I love Viva la Vida. I didn’t hear any other song on the album, but I would buy it just because of this song. Coldplay is mad good.

  47. Jackie  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2008 0

    ok…soo if the song viva la vida is talking about like saint peter, jerusalem, roman cavalry choirs and missionaries in a foreign field…wouldn’t you think that the song is talking about christianity and how it evolved not death and all his friends…that just doesnt make sense…because viva la vida means like here I’ll break it down…viva abundant la vida would mean like life…so the song should be about having an abundant life not death and all his friends it just doesnt make sense at all…..but if I’m testifying the wrong thing then it should matter to me that if a song talking about christian like things shouldnt mean such a horrible name such as death and all his friends…its not right…but on the other hand I love the song…its really powerful….but death and all his friends just doesnt make sense for a christian like song

  48. tihsssss songgag is amazzzzzazzongg

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