A Rush of Blood to the Head
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2002 sophomore album from the British Pop/Rockers led by singer, songwriter and pianist Chris Martin. Includes the massive hit singles 'Clocks' and 'The Scientist'.
Coldplay required a lifetime to make its wonderfully assured debut, Parachutes. But it took less than two years for the moody British quartet to deliver a masterful follow-up. As a band they have advanced to a stage where they outshine nearly every one of their rivals in terms of imagination and emotional pull. A Rush of Blood to the Head is a soulful, exhilarating journey, moving from the cathartic rock of "Politik" to the hushed tones of "Green Eyes" without once breaking its mesmerizing spell. Singer Chris Martin takes his voice on soaring flights, reaching places only Jeff Buckley previously dared to go. And the music is nearly flawless, a persuasive cross between Pink Floyd and The Verve. Even if they haven't come up with another "Yellow," you would be hard-pressed to care. This is exquisite stuff. --Aidin Vaziri
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POLITIK(10/10)- Great, powerful entry into the record. You feel, and get into the banging thrash of the riffs. Strongest song of "Rush of Blood..."
IN MY PLACE(10/10)- No wonder why it was the first single. Colplay really knows how to create beautiful melodies that make simple lyrics seem brilliant.
GOD PUT A SMILE(8/10)- Probably my least favorite song, but if you prefer the constant, mellow tone of "Parachutes", then this will be your track.
THE SCIENTIST(10/10)- This track somehow has the sound of classic Coldplay with peerless record making. It's a dazzling love song.
CLOCKS(10/10)- Seems to be a public favorite, and it should be. It has a great piano composition, and Martin' voice exudes beauty.
DAYLIGHT(9/10)- Very relaxing feel to this tune. Flows nicely, and is quite mesmerizing.
GREEN EYES(10/10)- This song stood out to me, along with "Scientist" in the beginning. They have a similar feel to them, although this one seems more personal. It has an acoustic feel to it, with the focus on Martin's voice.
WARNING SIGN(10/10)- The music doesn't really grasp you until the chorus, but once you hear it, it's worth the minute wait. "The truth is, I miss you", he puts it out there with meaning.
A WHISPER(9.5/10)- This song has a mystical tone to it. One of the few songs that lets Chris' voice drop into the background of the instrumental composition.Read more ›
The first 5 tracks of this CD are undisputable classics...and track 8 has one of the most beautiful "transitions" in song structure that I've ever heard.
Oh, and one more thing - it's so nice to hear a keyboard-dominated band for once. A hundred gazillion guitar bands are just a bit much to take, don't you think?
My absolute favourite song on the album, is "A rush of blood to the head". Weirdly enough, this song barely gets any reviews, which confuzzles me, because it deserves it!! This song has a very powerful message. I also loved "the scientist",
"amsterdam", "god put a smile upon your face", "clocks" and "in my place". However, almost all reviews that i have previously read, have said that "the scientist" is the best song on the album. I can't argue that this isn't a good song, however its not the best, only the song "a rush of blood to the head" takes it place instead. This cd is great if your looking for mellow, laid back music. Chris Martin has great vocals, and he plays the piano wonderfully. In fact all the instruments are superbly played in all the songs. People have compared
Radiohead (whoohoo radiohead!!! one of my fav. bands of all time)to coldplay. I can see where they are coming from, but i also disagree with that statement. Radiohead has a completely different sound and message that they want to get across. Coldplay is more about love, and quietness, than political awareness.
For fans that love this album, just like me, i also recomend all of Radioheads cd's (espically OK computer),Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers(probably their californication album), Pink Floyd, and some Led Zeppelin for good measure(their volume IV is the best)
Buy Rush of blood to head now, you won't ever, ever, EVER regret it. \m/-_-\m/
Coldplay doesn't deserve to be put on a pedastal yet, based on some 2 years worth of albums. Of course they've been around longer; however, they've only bothered with two full-length albums.
Listening to Rush of Blood is like a feeling of deja vu: the band hasn't improved by leaps and bounds over their sound from Parachutes; however, the name of this album's game is consistency and maturity.
Parachutes hit the listener with longings and desires (title track, Yellow, etc.) conveyed by undeveloped lyrics and basic musical sound. Rush of Blood is somewhat similar, but only to the casual listener. Martin has improved as a songwriter (check out The Scientist, Politik and God Put a Smile on My Face), and the band has more of the ambient beauty that endeared them to us the first time around (Amsterdam, Warning Sign, Clocks).
However, they're not the godsend many people will have you believe.
While you listen to this album, make sure to avoid confusing the band's talent with "the most beautiful compositions of our time." The music sounds great, yes, but - to quote many Coldplay fans - they're no Radiohead. Yorke's band seems to thrive off experimentation, while Martin's goes along with a tried-and-true formula on their sophomore effort. It seems too many people get hung up in the bathos the album may inspire within.
Grab Rush of Blood if you liked Parachutes or you're in love with the two singles--it'll be worth your time and money. However, don't expect anything out of this world from this album. The music is indeed beautiful, but not the epic orchestrations other reviewers will have you believe. They're not there yet.
Most recent customer reviews
One of Coldplay's best albums. All the songs on here are so good. This is a must have for any Coldplay fan.Published 24 days ago by Timothy Payne
One of my favorite albums of all time hands down. The sound quality of the vinyl is superb. This LP plus a good pair of headphones = auditory pleasure overload.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Highlights are the tunes "A Rush of Blood to the Head" a rally call for lost souls who want to stand up for themselves. Another great tune is Green Eyes. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Clinton Desveaux
Too bad that this recording (like the majority of rock recordings) was made by incompetent engineers that probably got their diploma in a cracker jack box. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Alpina Roadster-S
I finally got to open this vinyl, and the sticker that is supposed to be in the middle of the vinyl, actually goes over the vinyl and will not play. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2013 by ang
There isn't much more to say about Coldplay & this CD that likely hasn't already been said except that this follow-up CD after Parachutes is such a good CD also. Read morePublished on May 7 2012 by C. Preston
its ridiculous how many people dont like coldplay, and its ridiculous how many people love them. if they would just listen to this album they would change their mind. Read morePublished on March 29 2005