Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” Performance: There was little doubt Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” would be one of the summer’s biggest albums, and its first-week sales exceeded 700,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That was in June, and two months later, the album is still in the Top 20. Coldplay has been selling out tour dates and is likely on its way to a bevy of Grammy nominations. Assessment: There was plenty of critical anticipation for the album, as “Viva la Vida” saw Coldplay bringing its gentle arena rock to famed producer Brian Eno, who has worked with U2 and the Talking Heads, among others. Eno, known for his more ambient and experimental soundscapes, helped add some orchestral flourishes to Coldplay’s repertoire, but nothing that veered too drastically from the band’s rock ‘n’ ballads. In short, “Viva la Vida’s” textures and upbeat drive were welcome additions for Coldplay, but it wasn't the artisitic breakthrough it could have been. Grade: C+
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