By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 11, 2008 4:30PM
Oh, Coldplay. Look, we're not buying that whole "Coldplay is the last chance at a savior for EMI" conversation that's been ricocheting around the interwebs for, oh, the past six months. But if we were buying that argument, we'd probably tell EMI that they're in safe hands with the groups latest, the Brian Eno produced and cumbersomely titled Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends. We hear more than a smidgen of U2 grandness peeking through the tracks, and Chris Martin has learned how to use his voice in ways that no longer directly parrot Jeff Buckley. Or Thom Yorke. Actually, Coldplay should be a critical punching bag by now, but face it, they've actually put together their best album yet. Maybe this little band has legs after all!
We'll get a chance to see how these new epics translate to the stage on July 23, when the band stops in town to play a show at the United Center. Tickets go on sale Saturday.
Photo from the band's MySpace page
We're still waiting for the band to come to their senses and releas the strongest track on the album, "42," as a single, but until then, this'll have to do.