A Rush of Blood to the Head

A Rush of Blood to the Head

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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2002
Label: Wb / Parlophone
UPC: 0724354050428
catalogNumber: 405049
Rank: 2908

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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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
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
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
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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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
I'm just getting into British rock and I think they're CD is worth every penny you pay. I think the whole entire CD is excellent but must-hears are definitely Daylight, Warning Sign, In My Place & Clocks. If you buy this CD you won't be let down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may be one of the best albums I've heard in a while. This alternative sound reminds me a lot of Love & Rockets-ish sounds of the 80's with a splash of modern acoustics. Every song is awesome. Some songs start off soft and increase in intensity to a grand finale!! I especially love "Warning Sign"
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic album and is refreshing to know that there is at least one good album in the 21st Century. When I first heard "Clocks" on the radio back in 2002, I had to change the station because I almost cried after hearing such a beautiful composition from what was rather an easy piano arrangement. Don't listen to that guy who reviewed before this one, he likes Coldplay too but won't admit it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
as shown before, coldplay strikes one´s heart with songs as "in my place" or "the scientist" absolutely great soft songs
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
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!!!
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt, in terms of overall quality and value for money, this is by far the best output of the Coldplay band. Far surpasing Parachutes in terms of the number of quality songs, Rush of Blood is also superior to the latest Viva album. No small wonder that Chris Martin was quoted as saying that they should stop now while they're ahead. Rush is a good buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this CD for a day and didn't like it much.I suppose I like music with a faster tempo and more guitar instrumentals. To be honest, this isn't my genre, not really, not at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorry, but I bought this for one song and the rest are just horrible. Funeral music at best. I was very disappointed.
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 cd blows all others away. coldplay stands far above other british groups like the strokes. this is music at its best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably the best Coldplay album. Ever.