First there was the single, 'Violet Hill', then the b-side of the NME-distributed 7" single, 'A Spell A Rebel Yell', then the album's title track, 'Viva La Vida'. You can find them all on Hype Machine. This is also on the new album (undefaced artwork above - La Liberté guidant le peuple by Eugène Delacroix), and on the German 'Violet Hill' EP too apparently, it's a piano ballad. Chris Martin quoted the opening lyric "Just because I'm losing / Doesn't mean I'm lost", elucidating as follows:
"That means that whatever slings and arrows come your way, you've gotta just keep going. That's my motto. It''s quite a long motto and it's not in Latin, but it is quite a good motto."
And lyrically, I really like it. "I'm just waiting til the shine wears off." Musically, I really hate the fact that the opening can't help but make me think of 'Stuck in the Middle' by Mika (why do I even know that song??), but other than that it's fairly strong, if not as much of a departure from previous Coldplay as 'Violet Hill''s 'Creep'-esque heavy guitar stabs and 'Viva La Vida''s staccato strings, least of all 'A Spell A Rebel Yell''s Kid A-isms.
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*What are you doing here?* Blogging, apparently...
*Why?* Why not? Quit with the aggressive questioning, a'rite?
*What d'ya like?* Umm, music, movies and TV, literature, life most of the time.
*What music?* Right now, Mystery Jets, Elbow and LCD Soundsystem are making me happy. Also stuff like bright eyes, libertines, sufjan stevens, arcade fire, beck, pj harvey, pulp, the smiths...
*What movies?* eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, lost in translation, almost famous, magnolia, the big lebowski, edward scissorhands, pan's labyrinth, the royal tenenbaums &c; TV-wise, I'm thinking Six Feet Under, The Office (UK and even moreso US), The Sopranos, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Firefly, Arrested Development, Spaced, Extras, Peep Show...
*What literature?* Been mostly reading my university reading list. At the moment, it's Shakespeare. If held at gunpoint, favourite book ever is 'Underworld' by Don DeLillo.