Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head

ARTIST: Coldplay 220px-A_Rush_of_Blood_to_the_Head

TITLE:  A Rush of Blood to the Head

YEAR RELEASED: 2002

CHART ACTION: #5 US, #1 UK

SINGLES: In My Place (#117 US, #2 UK), The Scientist (#10 UK), Clocks (#29 US, #9 UK), God Put a Smile upon Your Face (#100 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: That was it as far as airplay.

LINEUP: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Chris martin, Will Champion

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Coldplay become stars with this decent, yet serious, pop album.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Coldplay can never have fun it seems, but they can sound good by not having fun. This record has hooks, melodies and grandiose songs galore, and it struck a chord with their audience (and the world) in 2002.

It has held up a lot better than their debut – the songs seem to touch a universal theme, and the sounds are diverse. Yet the sounds also seem borrowed, a little Column A (U2), a little Column B (Muse). They distill those down to being…well…Coldplay.

At least here, they rise a bit above their influences. Some cuts linger too long and seem too derivative, but this is not boring and is an improvement for sure.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The song “Green Eyes” was written for two people – Buckland, the guitarist, and Gwynneth Paltrow (though Martin didn’t go right out and say it…)

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: B+: I found myself enjoying this one, probably because I wasn’t bombarded with it in 2002. It’s derivative, but well done.

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