Coldplay - LeftRightLeftRightLeft
Release Date: May 15, 2009
Record Label: Capitol/Parlophone
Coldplay always puts out a great record, and now they put out their second live album, and it's just as good as their recorded material.
LeftRightLeftRightLeft was given away for free by Coldplay, as a gift to the fans.
What a great gift it was.
The, set per se, opens with "Glass of Water," a catchy song with great lyrics: "He heard you could see your future/ Inside a glass of water with ripples and the lines/ And he asked, "Will I see heaven in mine?" Next is the song "42" from Viva La Vida. "42" is my least favorite song off of Viva La Vida and LeftRightLeftRightLeft. I don't know why it's my least favorite song, but it just strikes me a little weird. Nonetheless, this song is very lyrically well-written with lines like, "Those who are dead are not dead/ They're just living in my head." and "You thought you might be a ghost x2/ You didn't get to heaven but you made it close.". If you've heard Viva La Vida, which I'm assuming you have, you know how this song goes instrumentally, but Chris Martin bellows an astounding "Oh" at the end of the song and holds it for God knows how long (about 20 seconds). Speechless.
"42" leads into the hit "Clocks" from A Rush of Blood to the Head. The piano line in this song amazes me every time I hear it. This song is constantly always in my head.
A few tracks later the hit "Viva La Vida" owns the crowd. As soon as that orchestra line comes in, the crowd goes crazy. What's odd and different about this song on this album is that they start the song with the ending of the original, "Oh woah oh, Oh woah oh, Oh woah oh." This sounds great, but when Martin starts to sing the transition, it's a little iffy. The crowd is great on this song -- as the singalong part comes, they catch the drift right away and, well, sing along to close out the song.
"Fix You." I was so happy that this song made it onto the album. This song is so epic and has such a great melody and Martin's vocals are so perfect on the live version. What I love most about this track is how the crowd reacts. The crowd sings my favorite part of the song,"Lights will guide you home/ and ignite your bones." Martin decides to change the lyrics in the second verse to "From high up above or down below/ Five hundred meters from the band at a Coldplay show." I laughed out loud the first time I heard it. Then the epic-ness kicks in, with a precisely placed "Come On!" from Martin, the guitar riff starts. After the build-up, the song quiets down back into the pre-chorus, entirely sung by the crowd to the end of the track.
I was amazed by this CD, Coldplay is never a disappointment and is making me itch for a new record. If you haven't downloaded this yet, I suggest you do it soon.