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100 Best Albums of the 2000s

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Coldplay, 'Viva La Vida'


Coldplay, 'Viva La Vida'
85/100

From the beginning, it was clear that Chris Martin and company had designs on U2-level stardom – they wanted to be the Band That Matters Most. With their fourth album, they reached that goal, delivering 10 widescreen, windswept anthems about love, war and la vida. (Longtime U2 secret weapon, producer Brian Eno, helped the cause.) "I used to rule the world," sang Martin in the majestic title track, and "used to" was the only part that rang false.

Related:
Rolling Stone's Original 2008 Review

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