- Audio CD (May 28 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Single, Enhanced, Import, Maxi
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B0000AG8PY
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
The "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" EP has wonderful mix of rare/B-side songs as well as live tracks and videos from A Rush Of Blood and Parachutes and the obligatory title track from A Rush Of Blood, "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face."
The highlights of this CD include "Crest Of Waves" and "Animals," two tracks of the more upbeat Coldplay variety that both appear, also, on the "Clocks" single. The videos for "Clocks" and "In My Place" are a nice bonus, although if you resize the videos to full-screen, it's difficult to return to the Enhanced CD menu. The "Clocks" video isn't quite as good as the video that appeared on the In My Place section of Coldplay.com a while ago. It's also a concert video, but the slow-motion filming clearly doesn't keep time with the music. The "In My Place" video is the same video that was shown on TV and on Coldplay.com, showing the band playing inside a big gray room. (I would have, however, easily taken the "God Put A Smile" video instead of both of these videos.) The gem of this EP, in my opinion, is the live, piano acoustic version of "Yellow." The slow, intimate sound of the piano is drastically different from the jubilant guitars heard on the studio version.Read more ›
As for content, "Crests of Waves" and "Animals" may be forgettable, but it will take a few more listens to decide. "Murder", however, is fantastic. It sounds like typical Coldplay, but I kept thinking of older Morrissey, maybe "Jack the Ripper" or "Asian Rut". A must-hear song. The live "In My Place" is, well, live. Nothing too special. The live version "Yellow" was recorded for KCRW radio in California. If you haven't heard it before, it's just Chris and a piano, but in addition to being acoustic, it's a much *slower* rendition. I'm not sure if it works, but it's definitely worth a listen. Round this out with Quicktime versions of the "Clocks" and "In My Place" videos, and you have a CD that really puts those 3-track disks to shame. If you buy Coldplay singles for the music and not the paper and plastic, there's no reason to go elsewhere.