Rating: ★★★★☆

Violet Hill is the first single from Coldplays fourth studio album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. Offered for free, the single was important in setting the tone for the ’08 release and puts out a strong image.

A mysterious introduction with just Chris Martin, it appears as if the song may repeat the sound that Coldplay have been famed for but instead a distorted guitar changes that and a more solid, heavier Coldplay sound is born.

The single, which only managed to reach #8 in the UK Charts, continues with excitement as it discretely builds up amongst layers of guitar and drums under the repeating chords on piano taken through from the start. By the end of the second chorus an expected, simple but effective guitar solo is freed before another chorus and well, while the song has a normal structure, it feels alive.

All of the texture you hear in this one song, almost takes you on a journey as to what you’ll find on the actual album as all the bands sounds are explored. I really enjoyed listening to song when it came out and it became one of my favourites to listen to at that time but after a short period, it was no longer special and the effect went. Saying that however, it is still a great song on the one-off and shows the best of the band.


Artist:  Coldplay
Release Name:  Violet Hill
Type:  Single
Date:  2008, May 9th
Purchase Link:  http://coldplay.fanfire.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Store.woa/wa/artist?sourceCode=COLWEBUKWGBP&categoryName=Recordings&artistName=Coldplay
Artist Info:  http://coldplay.com 

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