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A Rush of Blood to the Head

Alternative Rock and Pop album by Coldplay

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Very good, but lacking the freshness of PARACHUTES

  • Apr 30, 2006
Coldplay's debut album, PARACHUTES, was a smash hit, immediately earning the band a legion of dedicated fans. Those fans eagerly awaited the group's next release, and when it came in the form of 2002's A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD, those fans rejoiced. A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD has the same sort of heartfelt, dreamy alt. rock that made PARACHUTES so great, yet listening to RUSH OF BLOOD isn't as satisfying as listening to the band's debut. The material just doesn't feel as fresh here as it did on that album. Nevertheless, RUSH OF BLOOD is a very good release, filled with a number of terrific tunes that rank amongst the band's finer compositions. This album's singles, the open-hearted "In My Place", the high-spirited "Clocks", and the occasionally remorseful "The Scientist", are all great, but they aren't the only great songs here. There's also the excellent title track, the abnormally somber "A Whisper", and the wonderfully free-spirited "God Put a Smile on Your Face". Chris Martin's vocals are still as moving as ever; when combined with Jon Buckland's potent guitar, Will Champion's sometimes heavy, sometimes light drumming, and Guy Berryman's underlying bass, they create a force to be reckoned with. While not quite as good as PARACHUTES, A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD proves that Coldplay will be around for a while.

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review by . May 01, 2007
Pros: Chris Martin, great melodies, some beautiful lyrics...     Cons: ...half of the songs are dull (Read Review)     The Bottom Line: Coldplay is an acquired taste. Some people don't seem to get them or their success, but I'm a fan. Now I've just go to go out and buy X&Y!     I bought A Rush Of Blood To The Head sometime last Spring. I listened to the CD once, got bored halfway through, and stuck it back on my shelf, where it sat untouched …
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Coldplay required a lifetime to make their wonderfully assured debut,Parachutes. But it took less than two years for the moody British quartet to deliver a masterful follow-up. As a band, Coldplay have advanced to a stage where they outshine nearly every one of their rivals in terms of imagination and emotional pull.A Rush of Blood to the Headis a soulful, exhilarating journey, moving from the cathartic rock of "Politik" to the hushed tones of "Green Eyes" without once breaking its mesmerizing spell. Singer Chris Martin takes his voice on soaring flights, reaching places onlyJeff Buckleypreviously dared to go. And the music is nearly flawless, a persuasive cross betweenPink Floydand theVerve. Even if they haven't come up with another "Yellow," you would be hard-pressed to care. This is exquisite stuff.--Aidin Vaziri
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Label: Capitol
Artist: Coldplay
Release Date: August 27, 2002

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