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Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends June 8, 2008

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It feels kind of pointless recommending tracks off Coldplay’s new album as it’s more then likely that everyone will eventually hear it on their own accord anyway, but I do feel somewhat compelled on this occasion after getting my hands on Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. )I’ve only played through it a couple of times but already I know this will be an album I’ll have on repeat for quite some time. After hearing the first couple of tracks released as singles (“Violet Hill” and the fantastic “Viva La Vida”) it was easy to see that this album was going to be far different in mood then their previous, X&Y. Whereas “Parachutes” and “A Rush of Blood to the Head” had a more stripped down production and organic feel to the tracks, X&Y was far more layered, sometimes overpowering you with complex sounds and deep imagery. “Viva La Vida…” is a welcome step back from this, with more varied use of instrumentation and tempo creating a feel thats overall lighter in tone, more flowing and comfortable then X&Y, and more enjoyable as a result.

The first track I’m going to share was one of those Coldplay songs that sends shivers down your spine whenever you hear it. Similar to Chris Martin’s production in Jay-Z’s “Beach Chair” off the album “Kingdom Come”, this track has a massive landscape, and it immediately hits you with its organ-lined beat, booming bass and epic sounds.

Coldplay – Lost!
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[ From the Album “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” |
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The second track is an example of the positive, hopeful tone you’ll hear throughout the album and features a running piano moving the song along with an upbeat rhythm (that for some reason reminded me of Let Loose’s “Crazy For You” …but don’t let that be off-putting) and once again, a large sonic landscape (which we can most likely pin down to Brian Eno’s influence in production) created by building, echoing guitars lining the background. There are several other gems dotted throughout the album so (needless to say), make sure you check it out.

Coldplay – Lovers In Japan
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[ From the Album “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” |
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Jason Mraz – I’m Yours March 5, 2008

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Jason Mraz is an artist that I discovered around the same time as John Mayer. )During that period, they were often compared with one another in terms of their somewhat similar musical styles, however while John Mayer went on to develop his sound with a more Blues feel to it and gained massive critical acclaim with his album “Continuum”, Jason Mraz instead adopted a similar sound to his first LP and, in turn, was quite brutally slaughtered by the critics for his album “Mr. A-Z”. Warranted, while that album was not half as fun as his first (“Waiting For My Rocket To Come”), it wasn’t the complete catastrophe that you may have led to believe. That said, I won’t be sharing any tracks from it, but instead a new track from his third soon-to-be-released studio album titled “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things”. It’s penned to be out on 20th May and will be the first from Mraz to have proper collaborations on it from the likes of Colbie Caillat and British singer-songwriter James Morrison. This track “I’m Yours” will be the first single. It sounds a shade too similar to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s (what a name eh?) cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” but that said, it does still hold it’s own as a great, breezy, chilled out song.

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
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[ From the Album “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things” |
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I thought I’d also share the first single ever released by Mraz which made me take notice of him initially. It’s a track which I instantly fell in love with the moment I heard it due to its positively gleaming outlook on life. It is the very definition of the perfect pop song, stupidly catchy and a track that leaves a smile on your face long after you’ve heard it. At least, that’s the effect it had on me. Other picks from this album include “I’ll Do Anything”, “Curbside Prophet” and “You and I Both” – all of which are worth checking out if you enjoyed what you’ve heard here.

Jason Mraz – The Remedy
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