Coldplay: 2011 Album Preview

Coldplay performs at All Points West, August 2, 2009.


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People who think they have a bead on Coldplay's upcoming fifth studio album clearly haven't been paying attention to Chris Martin's recent bout of playful jabbering with the British media.

Martin and his bandmates have hinted that the follow-up to 2008's double-platinum "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" is a concept album. "It's about love, addiction, OCD, escape and working with someone you don't like, from the point of view of two people who are a bit lost," Martin says.

Martin, guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion are working hard to put something out before the end of the year. They began in late 2008, returning to producer Brian Eno for a long period of "just messing around" before moving on to Marcus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons), another "Vida" cohort. Sessions have been taking place at the Bakery in Colorado Springs, Colo., where "Vida La Vida" was recorded, as well as at a converted North London church called the Beehive. "Christmas Lights," Coldplay's holiday single, was issued in December as a bit of a stand-in when it was clear the album wouldn't be ready for a release that year. Other song titles that have been mentioned include "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" and "Princess of China."

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