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Rush of Blood to the Head

A Rush of Blood to the Head

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by Coldplay

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Like the best rock bands, Coldplay revels in drama. But unlike most platinum-selling acts, their appeal is cerebral rather than visceral -- at times, the band's music seems more suited to cathedrals than rock clubs, thanks in part to Chris Martin's ethereal voice and the sweeping lines that emanate from Jonny Buckland's guitar. Oddly, the portent never seems to weigh


Like the best rock bands, Coldplay revels in drama. But unlike most platinum-selling acts, their appeal is cerebral rather than visceral -- at times, the band's music seems more suited to cathedrals than rock clubs, thanks in part to Chris Martin's ethereal voice and the sweeping lines that emanate from Jonny Buckland's guitar. Oddly, the portent never seems to weigh down Coldplay's melodies, which sent their hits "Yellow" and "Trouble" (from the multi-platinum previous album, Parachutes) soaring. On their follow-up, A Rush of Blood to the Head, the quartet largely pick up where they left off, although the disc does have its share of sonic deviations -- notably the opener, "Politik," which seethes more than it soothes, trailing angry guitar wails and palpable anger on Martin's part. "A Whisper" traverses different terrain -- Floyd-ian space-pop -- at similarly high speed, its beats swirling like comets across a vast dub-wise universe. Fans drawn to the intimate tone of "Yellow," however, still have plenty of chances to luxuriate: "The Scientist," which is carried by a deceptively simple piano line, beckons ever so softly; the lovelorn "Warning Sign" has a comparably lilting, heartstring-tugging theme. Coldplay may wear a pretty face, but that does not, thankfully, mask an empty head.

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
After touring in support of their debut album, Parachutes, Coldplay was personally and professionally exhausted. Frontman Chris Martin insisted he was dry; by the time they closed their European tour in summer 2001, he hadn't written a song in months. The U.K. music press immediately pounced on the idea of Coldplay calling it quits, but somewhere lurked the beauty of "In My Place." The spirit and soul of this ballad allowed Coldplay to pull it together to make a second album. What came from such anguish and inquisition was A Rush of Blood to the Head. Coldplay has surely let it all go on this record. Acoustics are drowned out by Jon Buckland's riveting guitar work, and vocally, Martin has sharpened his falsetto, refining his haunting delivery. It's a strong album; you can feel, hear, and touch the blood, sweat, and tears behind each song, and that's exactly what Coldplay was going for. Co-producer Ken Nelson and mixer Mark Pythain (the team behind the blissful beauty of Parachutes) allowed Coldplay to make an album that's initially inaccessible, but that's what makes it intriguing. Lush melodies and a heartbreak behind the songs are there, but also a newfound confidence. From the delicate, shimmery classic "In My Place" to the piano surge of "The Scientist," Coldplay exudes an honest passion. The disco haze of "Daylight" and the love-drunk ballad "Green Eyes" are divine examples of solid lyrical arrangements, but "Politik" and the stunning guitar-driven "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" project a nervy edge to the band. Echoes of early post-punk showcase Coldplay's ballsy musicianship. Don't fret -- it's not exactly rock & roll, but Radiohead, Echo & the Bunnymen, and the Smiths aren't exactly rock & roll either, and they're well loved. "Yellow" didn't follow the rock formula, but it sold well, and similarly A Rush of Blood to the Head might not instantly grab listeners, but it's not tailored that way. It pushes you to look beyond dreamy vocals for a musical inner core. Regardless of the band still being in their mid-twenties, they've made an amazing record, and if it ends up being their last, A Rush of Blood to the Head didn't sugarcoat anything. It's a bittersweet design no matter what.
Spin Magazine - Barry Walters
On A Rush of Blood to the Head, the band splits the difference between dance-music ambience and mope-rock ennui, creating a guitar record equally suitable for a lost weekend or a good cry. (7)
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
A Rush of Blood is strikingly wonderful. (A)

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Wb / Parlophone

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Coldplay   Primary Artist
Susan Dench   Strings
Anne Lines   Strings
Leo Payne   Strings
Audrey Riley   Strings
Peter Lale   Strings
Phil Harvey   Band,Group Member
Chris Martin   Guitar,Vocals,Band
Will Champion   Percussion,Drums,Band,Group Member
Guy Berryman   Bass,Band,Group Member
Jonny Buckland   Guitar,Band,Group Member
Richard George   Strings
Laura Melhewish   Strings
Christopher Tombling   Strings

Technical Credits

Ken Nelson   Producer,Engineer
Audrey Riley   String Arrangements
Mark Pythian   Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Rik Simpson   Engineer
Coldplay   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Art Direction
Blue Source   Art Direction
Solve Sundsbo   Cover Art
Chris Martin   Composer
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny Buckland   Composer
Estelle Wilkinson   Management

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A Rush of Blood to the Head 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
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It's almost impossible to describe in words what this album does to me. Its touching sound and lyrics make me shiver.. Wonderfull!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought it specifically for the great piano solo riffs in "Clocks." Actually disliked the lead singer's voice, and none of the other songs were interesting, either. Funny thing, though, the album grew on me. Especially following the breakup with the first love of my life. These lyrics are poignant, and now I LOVE the whole album. Give it time, listen to it off and on for the next 10 years and more and it may finally jive with your own space.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably the best Coldplay album. Ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hadn't had many encounters with Coldplay previously,except a radio hit here and there. But after enjoying "In my place" and after absolutely being addicted to "Clocks" from listening to it on the radio, I decided to risk it and get the CD. I am very selective about the CDs I buy but I don't regret getting this one. The songs are very melodic. "Politik" is a great song with some great music, and I agree with whoever said "The scientist" is the best Coldplay song--there's something so touching about that song that it affects you deep to the heart and sticks to your head, so much that you want to hear it again and again. I find Coldplay lyrics very simple--they are surely conservative on words!--but maybe that is part of the secret. The vocals remind me a bit of Bono, and this is another great band out of the UK
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent, lots of great songs, very pleasing to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love coldplay you should also check out stereophonics, another british band. I spent a semester abroad in liverpool and was blown away with the music. So much we never get to hear it is a shame.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really a beautiful and moving album. I would suggest it to anyone who enjoys passionate music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i listened to this cd it was completaly different than anything i had previously heard before. A rush of blood to the head is an amazing cd! the band is so into their music, lyrics wise and have such attention to melody in every single one of their songs.this cd has made me realize what great music is. this album is for anyone who enjoys superb music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those songs are...indescribable. They're like souls themselves, when you listen to the song of Coldplay it's like a trip in an other world, a beautiful world. Just listening to a song 5 sec. give a big smile on my face, even if your the lower you can ever be you will have a big smile upon your face. What all this mean is that Coldplay is the best band ever and it's because of the lyrics and the sound they have that nobody else has, and they're not dress like that or have perfect hair styles.Thats what I like about them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not being a fan of Coldplay and not having even heard ¿Parachutes¿, minus the singles ¿Yellow¿ and ¿Trouble¿, I picked up ¿A rush of blood¿¿ on the strength of the first offering, ¿In my place¿ and after quickly previewing the album before it¿s release. Comparisons to Radiohead and the lesser, Travis, are undeniable given the lilting falsetto of Chris Martin is so akin to the vocalizations of those bands. I¿m pleasantly surprised by the overall melodic content of the record although tracks such as ¿The Scientist¿, ¿Green Eyes¿ and the title track wilt under the mopey-sentimentality of Martin¿s delivery when not backed by a catchy hook. Songs are memorable for so many reasons, be it a hypnotic riff or a lyric that mirrors your own fate. Chris Martin¿s desperate pleas on ¿In my Place¿: ¿Please, please, please Come back and sing to me¿¿ capture the intense longing of a broken soul. The superb ¿Clocks¿ almost didn¿t make it onto the album, but it proves to be a standout track. The chord changes are sublime and when Chris timidly sings ¿You are, You are¿ it is simply arresting. ¿Whisper¿ provides an interesting diversion and seems like a faultering Radiohead song. ¿Warning Sign¿ and ¿Amsterdam¿ are other favourites, with the latter highlighting what Coldplay do best, graceful piano and laguishing guitar ballads; cool and fragile. Poppy, tempered melancholy for the mainstream. Although lyrically often one dimensional, they are sonically more palatable and optimistic than the latest offerings from Thom Yorke and the boys, as good as those records are in their own right. ¿A rush of blood to the head¿ is not groundbreaking, (nor does it have to be) but it will please their fans and should affirm Coldplay as a key force in the ¿Brit-pop¿ music scene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd blows all others away. coldplay stands far above other british groups like the strokes. this is music at its best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coldplay really delivers in their best album to date, "A Rush of Blood To The Head". From the gorgeous "Clocks," the rocking "Politik," lovely "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face," cool "Daylight", romantic "Warning Sign," genius "A Rush of Blood to the Head", and soft "Amsterdam", this album is a must, and in my opinion, the best album of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most beautiful cd I have ever heard. There isn't one song on it that I don't like and I can be pretty picky. The piano is just breath taking and Chris' voice is so soothing. I loved Parachutes too but this cd blows it out of the water. It's definitely my favorite cd and definitely a must have! My favorite songs on it are Warning Sign and Amsterdam...just beautiful.
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Coldplay's sophomore effort 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' reveals the extent of the band?s talent. They aren't just another band trying to get a piece of the Radiohead Pie. These guys are for real and they make sure you know it right from the start. The pounding sound of 'Politik' is an instant clue as to how far the band has progressed since their first album. Their sound is much fuller and meshes seamlessly. 'In My Place' was built to be a pop song to follow-up their previous success with 'Yellow, but nevertheless conveys just how easily songwriting comes to Chris Martin and company. Jon Buckland's guitar-work on 'God Put A Smile on Your Face' is smooth and effortless, and in this song you will find an eerie, wailing guitar riff that harkens to the days of Pink Floyd. 'Scientist' is a tear-filled ballad that contains the simplex, yet beautifully natural and fitting piano work of singer Chris Martin, and the subtle, plodding bass-work of Guy Berryman, which deeply enhances the power of the song. You can't help but wonder if Chris is crying in the studio during this song-that is how convincing and powerful his performance is. 'Daylight' is another example of Buckland's amazing guitar work, pulling off a remarkable feat in creating the complex riff in this song. The songs 'Green Eyes' and 'Warning Sign' are typical Coldplay love songs, which fans can get enough of, and which will mesmerize newcomers thanks to Chris Martin's wailing voice. 'A Whisper' is a song, which albeit is decent, but might as well be a carry-over from the band's debut album 'Parachutes' which, for true Coldplay fans, will not hurt the album at all. 'A Rush of Blood to the Head', the title song of the album, is an angst-ridden song about revenge and hot-headedness. The album's closer 'Amsterdam' is as solid as they come. It opens with Chris Martin on the piano, moves into a powerful jam led by bassist Guy Berryman, and ends by returning to Martin's beautiful voice and keyboard. Coldplay is a band to be reckoned with. It is clear that the people of the world are beginning to see, for the first time in a long time, the true potential of music. And it is Coldplay who is holding their eyelids open, forcing them to see through the artificial smokescreen of modern pop music, and to look for the veritable talent of a group in order to assess their worth. Coldplay has talent that is rare in our culture of manufactured music and is salvaging rock and roll from the rubble of the pinnacle that once held such entities as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd. They are at once, taking what their predecessors have lain down before them and turning into something powerful and new. This is by far, the album of the year, and perhaps the past five years and will sets a new standard for music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For everyone that has just discovered the brilliance of Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion with Viva La Vida or Death and All of His Friends, listen to this album. You'll most certainly recognize the favorite hits such as The Scientist and the Grammy winning Clocks and you'll also get to listen to some of Coldplay's best songs. I know this is their second album but I recommend buying this before Parachutes. Viva Coldplay!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing "Clocks" I was absolutely astounded... And the serenity of each song of Coldplay's A Rush Of Blood To The Head is just breathtaking. Most people like rap and all, but Coldplay is one of those bands that just plain outshines everything! Coldplay is like nothing you've ever heard... *****Love yah Coldplay!!!!!*****
Guest More than 1 year ago
Picking up this album I really did not expect much from Coldplay. "Parachutes" had some standout tracks such as "Spies" and "Trouble", but other than that the album was just a group of guys imitating their gurus like Radiohead. So, out of the goodness of my heart, I gave "A Rush of Blood to the Head" a shot, and am totally blown away. The songs on here speak to the soul, not just to your emotions or your head. I've always complained that Coldplay had no guts, just regret and mope. So I was pleasently suprised with "Politik" the opening track, it's just a fully realized production like most of this album. Shortly after the first track, they return to their strength, ballads. For my money's worth I would say that out of all the bands out right now, that ColdPlay are the best at ballads. "In My Place" and "The Scientist" only strengthen my argument. The latter is especially haunting and doesn't leave the senses. That said I'm not to thrilled with "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face". To sappy for my taste. However, this is by far the best album of the year thus far. And with that said, I hope you buy this album and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This second Coldplay album is amazing! It's full of excitement and energy, more energy than their first album. I reccommend this CD to anyone who likes rock!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love COldplay, and am also a big smashing pumpkins and radiohead fan. I hardly go with the mainstream. Even though AROBTTH is mainstream in comparison to Radiohead, they aren't ANYWHERE near being poppy-so don't say they are! It's sort of relative--I think that a ton of new "mainstream" "artists" (as they call themselves) are just piling up at an overwhelming rate, and all that is bad music is way in the mainstream--this moves everything that is sort of in the main stream back into the alternative world. It isn't right, don't get me wrong, but this is how society is seeing music, at least the mainstreamers. It is insane to hear what formerly great radio stations for rock music now consider to be rock music and what they hardly play...it baffles me that the radio stations I used to be so faithful to are becoming exactly what I loathed in the first place. And I don't understand that whole poppy rock scene that appeals to the masses. Things this great, Coldplay, Radiohead, Pumpkins, the Strokes, will become popular only after people like us (the people who discovered these great musicians first) figure out how great they are. But whatever the paradigm is, Coldplay is not pop in my opinion--mind you, it is a little less edgy, nay, a lot less edgy, than Radiohead--and this new CD is just what I expected from the band (which is a very good thing).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coldplay surely doesnt sound like a band in their mid-twenties, their musical & lyrical maturity is light years ahead. This is heartfelt emotion at it's non-sappiest best. In 'A rush of blood to the head' Chris Martin says- "So I'm gonna buy a gun and start a war...if you tell me something worth fighting for". Enough said. I can't say which one of their two albums is better, but this album is definitely more intense than Parachutes. At first listen I nodded in favor of parachutes, but now I realise that it was only becoz parachutes is more accessible. A rush of blood... takes some getting used to. But something that is so intricately heartfelt, will unveil itself only after a few listens. Now I can't choose between the two... don't beat yourself trying to decide which is better; both are classics in their own way...
Guest More than 1 year ago
and I'm so glad I did! It's so awesome. Exciting, but it still manages a mellow kind of feel. Politik is awesome, but I have to The Scientist is the best track on there. It's touching and somehow kind of personal. Awesome cd. BUY IT NOW!!!