Ratings and Reviews
Coldplay at their highest artistic peak
Coldplay's second album "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" has to be their most well-crafted piano-rock album. But, this album is Coldplay's greatest artistic achievement. What Coldplay have created here is a masterpiece of an album. The Baraque Pop and Art Rock influences really shine through this album. There are alot of genres blended into this album, from Dream Pop to Shoegaze. Track by track review:
1. Life In Technicolor (9/10)
Incredible instrumental track and a great way to start this album. It starts off with an ambient intro that takes from Jon Hopkins ambient piece "Light Through The Veins". Then, it turns into an inspiring instrumental rock track led by a Yangqin.
2. Cemeteries Of London (9/10)
The previous track fades right into this one. This track takes a darker turn compared to the previous track. The song talks about ghosts and witches, and is centered around a nighttime 1850's London as the main theme. The themes definitely shine through as you listen to this song.
3. Lost! (8.5/10)
This next track is an upbeat alternative rock anthem centered around booming drums and aspiring organs. The organs are a key part in the song that really help get its message across melodically. This song certainly shows more of the rockier side of the album. Although this song may show as a bit repetitive for some people, it definitely redeems itself by the end.
4. 42 (8/10)
This song consists of 2 parts. The first part is a slow piano-ballad with strings. Although it may seem a little slow and repetitive, it's definitely worth the wait to the second part of this song. The second part is a very symphonic rock song. The theme of ghosts is shows in this part. "You thought you might be a ghost, you didn't get to heaven but you made it close". These lines go along with the melody and guitar solo very well. This song certainly is a little gem.
5. Lovers In Japan (9/10) / Reign Of Love (7.5/10)
These 2 tracks are combined for a total of nearly 7 minutes. But, these 2 tracks are very different from each other. Lovers In Japan is based around a honky tonk piano and beautiful atmospheric guitars. These guitars really boost the soaring chorus'. The track ends with the guitars fading out and fades beautifully into the next track Reign Of Love. A slow piano-ballad accompanied by backing instrumental ambient sounds and Chris Martin singing in a soft and innocent manner. Although not a very interesting listen, it is beautiful.
6. Yes (8.5/10)
This song is usually known for Chris Martin's voice that is sung in a lower tone, and the electric strings that embrace the olden theme surrounding this entire album. The song talks about forbidden love and sexual temptation, and the fears that come with it.
- Chinese Sleep Chant (9/10)
This song is a hidden track placed after Yes, making the total track over 7 minutes long. It's a shoegaze song highly influenced by the Shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine. Chris Martin's vocals here are put through lots of reverb and are more hidden through the instrumental swirling guitars where it almost blends in with it. Although a hidden track, it is certainly a highly of this album.
7. Viva La Vida (10/10)
This Baraque Pop song is probably the one everyone knows. It's arguably their most popular song. The song is about a king who lost his kingdom has alot of biblical references. It incorporates alot of strings and classic percussion instruments, such as the timpani and even a church bell that rings at every other beat during the chorus. This is by far my favorite track on this album.
8. Violet Hill (9.5/10)
This is probably the rockiest song on the album. Its an anti-war song and alot of politics are involved in it as well. The powerful electric guitars dominate this song. It's certainly a song you can rock your head to.
9. Strawberry Swing (9/10)
Things take a turn here as the second to last track comes around. Its a very uplifting and happy song. The smooth guitar and drums with Chris' soft vocals will definitely get you in a happy mood.
10. Death And All His Friends (9/10)
The last track on this album consists of 2 parts. The first part is a slow Piano-ballad called "School" that leads right into the aspiring second part of the song. The smooth reverbed guitar blends in very well as the band sings out loud the lines "No I dont want to battle from beginning to end. No I dont want a cycle of recycled reveng, I dont want to follow death and all his friends" referring to the ultimate climax of the album and the upcoming hidden track The Escapist (7/10) which is based around the same ambient piece that started the album, making the album an entire cycle.
Overall, this album is definitely a recommendation and you should definitely check it out. 10/10 for me
Best album in lifetime
Best album I've ever heard in my 21 years of living.
This album is great. Good songs! Keep up the good work Coldplay!
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. Audiences were hungry for a fresh-faced rock band with big aspirations and an even bigger sound, and Coldplay were more than happy to take the reins. Parachutes went multi-platinum in several countries and earned the band its first Grammy, but Coldplay continued to grow into the 2000s, topping their debut album's success with higher record sales and an increased public profile.
Chris Martin (vocals/piano), Jonny Buckland (guitar), Will Champion (drums), and Guy Berryman (bass) were all born into musical households. Martin, the eldest of five, began playing the piano as a young child and later took solace in the work of Tom Waits. Buckland, on the other hand, grew up with the heavy guitar sounds of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Scotland native Berryman preferred funk to indie rock, thereby leaving him to play bass, while multi-instrumentalist Champion didn't plan to be a drummer until he joined Coldplay's lineup. The bandmates came together in 1996 while attending the University College of London, and the Safety EP was issued shortly after their first gig at a Manchester festival for unsigned bands. The release only saw 500 pressings, as did the subsequent Brothers & Sisters EP. Nevertheless, it was enough to win the band a U.K. deal with Parlophone Records in April 1999, and the five-track Blue Room EP arrived that fall. With nods from the media, Coldplay were hailed as the next Travis, thanks to their simple acoustics and charming personas.
Parlophone ushered Coldplay into Parr St. Studios in Liverpool, where they recorded the bulk of their debut album. Parachutes was released in July 2000 and became a swift hit on the strength of four U.K. singles, several of which enjoyed popularity in America as well. With "Yellow" climbing the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, Parachutes was released in the U.S. in November, where its sales soon rivaled -- and eventually surpassed -- those in the U.K.
Riding on the strength of their universally popular debut, Coldplay headed back into the studio in fall 2001 to work on a sophomore album. They emerged with A Rush of Blood to the Head, releasing the album worldwide in August 2002 and embarking on a global concert tour soon after. "The Scientist" enjoyed regular radio rotation, while both "Clocks" and "In My Place" won Grammy Awards.
Coldplay began recording material for a third album in early 2004. Previously recorded material with longtime producer Ken Nelson was scrapped early on, while Danton Supple (Morrissey, the Cure) joined Coldplay to complete the recording of X&Y. "Speed of Sound" marked the band's first single from their long-awaited third effort in spring 2005; the album followed in June, topping charts around the world and selling more than eight million copies during its first year.
Such success put Coldplay on the same commercial level as U2, and the quartet retreated to the studio in late 2006 to work with famed producer Brian Eno (who had teamed up with U2 several times in the past). Recording sessions with Eno were completed within one year, followed by several months of mixing and growing anticipation from the band's audience. Viva la Vida -- also known by its extended name, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends -- ultimately arrived in June 2008. Worldwide sales for the album had approached six million by November, when Coldplay released several new recordings (including a collaboration with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z) as part of the Prospekt's March EP.
Preceded by first single "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," Coldplay's fifth studio album, 2011's Mylo Xyloto, was produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson (the official press release added "with enoxification and additional composition by Brian Eno"). Live 2012, the band's second concert film/recording, followed in 2012 after a hugely successful world tour, which included a special performance at the London Paralympics closing ceremony. Work began on their sixth album in late 2012 at their Bakery and Beehive studios in North London, where longtime producers Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson joined them for sessions. As the recording progressed, other producers, including Avicii and Timbaland, were brought in, making the resulting Ghost Stories quite different from its predecessors in that there were many producers instead of a handful.
Coldplay began promoting Ghost Stories in March 2014, two months prior to its May release, playing a showcase concert held during the 2014 South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. Around this time, it was announced that Martin was going to act as an advisor on the U.S. singing competition series The Voice. Additional television duties for the band included a concert called Coldplay: Ghost Stories on NBC (the same network that aired The Voice), which aired on May 18, the Sunday prior to the release of Ghost Stories. Thanks to this promotional push, Ghost Stories debuted at number one throughout the world and the singles "Magic" and "A Sky Full of Stars" performed well too, with the latter reaching the Top Ten in every major international market. For the holiday season of 2014, the band released Ghost Stories: Live 2014, an audio/video package that contained live versions of every song from the album.
Soon after finishing their promotional duties for Ghost Stories, Coldplay returned to the studio to work on their seventh album. Recording in Los Angeles and London, the band collaborated with Noel Gallagher, Beyoncé, Tove Lo, and Merry Clayton (best known for her vocals on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter) as well as producers Rik Simpson and Stargate. The joyous, disco-tinged lead single, "Adventure of a Lifetime," arrived in November 2015, just a few weeks before the full-length A Head Full of Dreams was released that December. "Hymn for the Weekend" peaked at number six in the U.K. and number 26 in the U.S., with "Up & Up" and "Everglow" keeping the album on the charts throughout 2016. In February of 2017, Coldplay released "Something Just Like This," a collaboration with the EDM-pop group Chainsmokers. The single appeared on the Chainsmokers' album Memories: Do Not Open as well as Kaleidoscope, the EP Coldplay released in June 2017. ~ Andrew Leahey
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