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Coldplay: Viva La Vida, or Death and All His Friends (Parlophone)

Andy Gill, The Independent, 6 June 2008

COLDPLAY'S X&Y, they've since explained, was the final part of a trilogy — a claim some might consider a cunning defence against accusations that they're a one-trick pony mining a stadium-filling formula to death. Whichever way one takes it, it leaves the globe-girdling anthem-mongers with quite a mountain to climb on Viva La Vida.

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