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Album Spotlight: Coldplay - LeftRightLeftRightLeft

In case you haven't heard from elsewhere, Coldplay have recently begun offering their new live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft, as a free download from their website (and also as a free CD if you happen to catch a show on their current tour). To download the album, all you need to provide is your email address and country in the site's form, and you will be given a link to download a 54.5 MB zip file.

LeftRightLeftRightLeft consists of 9 tracks, clocking in at just under 40 minutes. It was recorded at various locations on their current tour and is intended as "a thank you to our fans – the people who give us a reason to do it and make it happen," although I can recommend the album even if you don't count yourself as a fan of Coldplay. Why? Because I myself have never really been a fan of them. It's not that I dislike them; I love the song "Clocks" (and I was quite pleased to find that song amongst the tracks on this album - in fact, it was the only song I recognized, as well as the primary reason I downloaded it at all), and I remember liking a few of their other songs quite a few years ago, but I never felt compelled to pick up any of their albums. After hearing this album, though, I think I can see myself getting into them more in the future. Songs like "Glass of Water", "Viva La Vida", "Strawberry Swing", and of course "Clocks" all sound great, and the responses of the audiences are tremendous (check out the singalong at the end of "Viva La Vida" - if I didn't know any better, I could swear that Freddie Mercury was there directing the audience). As a side note, I was also rather impressed with this interview with Chris Martin about the album.

Whether you're a longtime fan of Coldplay or haven't cared much for them in the past, LeftRightLeftRightLeft is a worthy addition to your digital music collection. Check it out, and happy listening!


1 comment:

David said...

In my latest Free Download Friday post I wish that more bands made more of their live material available to fans... Then I come here to discover a free live album download from Coldplay. Excellent!