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A Rush of Blood To the Head

Coldplay

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Rolling on stately rhythms of brooding grandeur, Coldplay made good on its initial promise with an outstanding sophomore album. A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002) kept faith with the band's audience by further mining the lyric depths and sonic chasms heard on their debut Parachutes. Echoing the stark atmospherics of Pink Floyd and the emotionally unguarded vocals of Brian Wilson in his prime, Coldplay creates music of austere power throughout this album. Singer Chris Martin's luminous falsetto achieves an aching poignancy on tracks like "Politik" and "Amsterdam," lending elusive colors to his elliptical lyrics. There's a majestic power to the band's stripped-down ensemble playing, whether they're unreeling a loping groove on "In My Place," weaving a swirling melody on "Clocks" or painting a bleak aural landscape on the title track. "God Put A Smile On Your Face" may be the album's high point - Martin's spiritual intimations mesh with the shimmering flow of the track flawlessly - amid the incisive playing and quiet intensity throughout.

Customer Reviews

Early Albums are always the Beat

Although I've loved all of Coldplay's stuff, their old stuff just brings up good memories. Awesome album.

Branch out people!!

I think people get too focused on the few songs that they are used to and popular, but there are so many awesome songs on this album!! listen to all of it!

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Biography

Formed: 1998 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After surfacing in 2000 with the breakthrough single "Yellow," Coldplay quickly became one of the biggest bands of the new millennium, honing a mix of introspective Brit-pop and anthemic rock that landed the British quartet a near-permanent residence on record charts worldwide. The group's emergence was perfectly timed; Radiohead had just released the overly cerebral Kid A, while Oasis had ditched two founding members and embraced psychedelic experimentation on Standing on the Shoulder of Giants....
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