Snap-up this live album by Britian's biggest-selling band and relive their stunning performance at this year's iTunes Festival
All the featured tracks are taken from the band’s acclaimed live performance at this year’s iTunes Festival at London’s Roundhouse. Below is a track-by-track breakdown of all the songs featured on the Coldplay: iTunes Festival 2011 album.
(1) Mylo Xyloto (0:42)
The title track from Coldplay’s forthcoming album consists of two strange sounding words. The meaning of which is intentionally ambiguous. An ethereal, cosmic-sounding instrumental it suggests a shift away from the band’s traditional melancholic rock.
(2) Hurts Like Heaven (4:08)
This guitar-heavy track is also from their new album and has been a staple of the band’s summer festival sets. Chris Martin has said the track is proof the band are taking risks and evolving their sound, helped along by the likes of ambient master Brian Eno.
(3) God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (4:36)
Released in July 2003, this is one of the melodic rockers’ bounciest numbers. The fourth single from their successful second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, it was a hit with fans and critics alike who were seduced by its soaring vocals and groovy drum patterns.
(4) Viva La Vida (4:44)
The title track from their last award-winning album became the band’s first single to top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and was even featured on an episode of The Simpsons. It’s a fine example of the baroque pop sound Coldplay have made their own with sweeping strings, heavy percussion, catchy bass lines and Chris Martin’s heartstring-tugging vocals.
(5) Clocks (4:19)
A late addition to their second album, this popular track features a distinctive piano riff which Chris Martin apparently dreamt up during a late-night studio session. Regarded by critics as one of the band’s finest songs, it charted at number 9 in Britain. Its opening piano arpeggios have been much sampled by the likes of superstar DJ David Guetta and hip hopper Lupe Fiasco.
(6) Fix You (5:18)
This anthemic rock ballad was rumoured to be inspired by the death of Chris Martin’s father-in-law. The sentimental lyrics, delivered in the singer’s trademark falsetto, offer advice on dealing with pain and sorrow. The track peaked at number 4 in the UK and proceeds from the sale were donated to help victims of Hurricane Katrina in the USA.
(7) Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (04:17)
The first single from the new album, this crowd-pleasing number is laced with classic Britpop guitar sounds. More upbeat than their usual tear-jerking fare, it’s a fine example of melodic stadium rock that deserves to be played over and over.
NB Promotional iTunes download with The Sunday Times UK (18 September 2011).