Category: Coldplay

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.

Coldplay – Parachutes

ARTIST: Coldplay 220px-Coldplayparachutesalbumcover
TITLE: Parachutes
YEAR RELEASED: 2000
CHART ACTION: #51 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Shiver (#35 UK), Yellow (#4 UK, #48 US), Trouble (#10 UK, #115 US), Don’t Panic (#130 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you bought it, yeah.
LINEUP: Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Will Champion
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: “Alternative” UK band starts their world conquest, maybe by boring everyone to death?

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Coldplay was divisive even in 2000. Somehow they got tagged with “alternative” when they’re as mainstream they can be. They had careerist ambitions, non-threatening arrangements, and a shit-ton of engineers and producers to make everything sound just-so. Not-so-alternative.

This album, has its moments. Detaching it from the love or the hate, you can admire the construction of the songs, the production values, the musicianship. The songs themselves, some of them, are good pop songs. Not “alternative” – good pop songs.

God almighty, though, they’re so freakin’ SERIOUS about everything. You can tell even on this album they’re just so pretentious and serious. Sometimes, they’re boring. Yeah, boring.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Chris Martin didn’t like the album. Well, then, why did you record it?

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: C+: I liked about half of it – had to wake up to write this review regarding the other half.