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Formed in 1997, Coldplay – comprised of Guy Berryman (bass), Jonny Buckland (lead guitar), Will Champion (drums), and Chris Martin (vocals, guitar, keyboards) – released two EPs, The Safety and Brothers and Sisters, before signing with Parlophone in 1999. Three additional EPs (The Blue Room, Shiver and Yellow) followed before their landmark debut album, Parachutes, which was ... Read more in Amazon's Coldplay Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Aug. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone/EMI
  • ASIN: B000069AUI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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COLDPLAY A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002 UK 11-track CD album featuring the classic singles In My Place The Scientist Clocks and God Put A Smile Upon Your Face with picture booklet inlay)

BBC Review

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Coldplay's new album A Rush Of Blood To The Head is a consolidated evolution from their comparatively naïve debut, Parachutes. The die-hard Coldplay fans looking for another Parachutes and the bloodthirsty critics who demand to see some progression will all walk away happy.

A Rush of Blood to the Head is inimitably Coldplay; Chris Martin's familiar vocals, the band's signature harmonies, strings and piano are all there but disarmingly there is a lot more to this album. It's undoubtedly the album we all expected but it's also smarter; more poetic, more mature.

"Politik", the album's opener makes for a driving, imposing start with Martin's distinctive vocals reverberating eerily above urgent piano chords. It's unusually dramatic for a band once dubbed by ex-Creation mogul Alan McGee as "Bedwetters". The second track, the first written post-Parachutes and sounding like a refugee from that album, is the grower "In My Place". It's a fantastic pop tune that justifies Coldplay's status as one of UK's most exciting bands.

The haunting, surprisingly cynical theme that originates in "Politik" is continued in "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" which sees the band at full stretch, lyrically as well as musically. You can sense them pushing themselves to prove to the world that there is a lot more to Coldplay than chart friendly singles.

Then, mid-album, they let all their hard work go to waste with the insipid, vanilla tracks "The Scientist" and "Clocks". They pass you by and fail to raise even the smallest emotion. Daylight" and "A Whisper" find the band back at their best with epic, yet simple melancholic tunes. Here repetitive choruses and hypnotic, violin sounding guitars take the listener on an exciting journey that you wish wouldn't end.

Coldplay are a band very much in touch with their emotions, which frequently works in their favour. Martin's heartfelt, passionate vocals on the piano driven "Warning Sign" transform a song which in other hands could descend to the pathetic: "Come on in, I've got to tell you what a state I'm in...The truth is I miss you"

Despite a couple of weak moments this is asuperb album that might just capture your heart and your imagination. Don't struggle; enjoy a rush of blood to the head. --Jules Willis

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Roberts on 9 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
To tell the truth, before this album, I wasn't a big Coldplay fan. 'Parachutes' was a nice enough album, with some good tracks... Trouble, Shiver, Yellow and Don't Panic... although the others are less memorable.
But this album has completely blown me away! It's pure class. Stand out tracks are The Scientist, Clocks, Daylight and Warning Sign. The others are great too. Politik is a stomping opener and Amsterdam a beautiful last track. In My Place deserved to get to number one, and Green Eyes is a great acoustic track.
This is the album of the year so far (closely followed by Doves and Idlewild). Coldplay have excelled themselves, far surpassing their first album with what will soon become a classic. Well done, lads!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Mcculloguh on 20 Aug. 2007
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More moving that the former and latter this album gives a much more rounded consistant quality between parachutes guitar and piano driven emotion and X&Y's rockier feel. The reason I rate it so highly is simply, every song on here feels different and the album frequently gives me shivers with its raw emotion.

The album opens up with Politik an arena bound protest song pleeding to the G8 about fair trade. Getting lost in the worldlyness of this song is easy and the lyrics feel so wise and true, shaking you towards the end when Chris pleads for 'love over this' bridging very nicely into In My Place's 'come back to me'.

From here all of the well known singles (God put a smile / the scientist / Clocks / In my Place) are squeezed together to make lesser bands produce a one sided album. Especially with the quality of those 4. While Daylight and Greeneyes feel like lowlights only in comparison to the former and later parts of the album the touching Warning Sign is guarenteed to pull on the heart strings.

The title track itself has a cold and chilling persona as Chris explains calmly and coldly how he would do anything for his lover 'buy a gun, start a war' A brilliantly unique love song, with a killer chorus and riff.

But its the final moments of the album that provide both the most depressing of songs and coldplays greatest moment of redemption. As human kindness pulls a man back from suicide. As gripping as Running to stand still - U2. It ends the album on a totally uplifting feel.

And there you have it, second only to efforts by Pink Floyd and Radiohead, this is one of the best albums i've ever heard.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I enjoy reading reviews of new albums and have bought a few from Amazon on the strength of reviewers and luckily have been introduced to a some new bands e.g Royskopp. My wife made me buy he latest from Coldplay, she is a firm fan - me? I enjoyed the singles and odd track from Parachutes. I thought I would never submit a review but feel that this is easily the best album I have bought this year. I am not going to disect every track but the overall melodic beauty of the tracks is superb - just hit start and let the next 55 odd minutes wash over you. Three plays so far and my 7 year old daughter is now singing along. Tracks 2,4,7 are absolutely outstanding but I'll probably choose different ones as my favourites tomorrow. I can only offer my opinion and the album may not be to everyone's taste but for those that appreciate great melodies, thoughtful lyrics and a change from the serious amount of tat that is swamping the British music industry then can thoroughly recommend this - go on and buy it - you won't be disappointed!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Kandy on 19 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have subconsciously been a Coldplay Fan since they released Trouble off Parachutes. I heard the song on the radio and immediately it conjured up Pink Floyd (Meddle era) only problem was that I could not tell people who the Band was as I never got to the end of the song. The song had number 1 written all over it. They dominated Glastonbury and live8 over the next few years that came along. When X & Y came out, I simply went and got all 3 Albums all at the same time.

X & Y sounds more structured, more U2 (better to be compared to U2 than take that), Parachutes is mesmerising, But A rush of blood to the head steals it, only just. Often the best singers are the ones who don't have to try, they have a unique way of sounding natural. The Rest of the Band are equally important, The lead guitar playing often sends me on a beautiful day dream elsewhere (don't know where), The bass playing is stunning and melodic and the drums are simplistic and give time to the rest of the Band, they don't get in the way, merely complement the music. The Piano Playing is somewhat unique and is part of the successful ingredient that is Coldplay.

I don't have a favourite track on the Album, best not to, the music should be listen to as a whole, If they make a Classic Sounds Album, this album needs to be used. You don't listen to the hype, you listen to the music, Coldplay won't like this, but musically then stand up against Early Queen, Bowie and the Who, because the music swirls and is adventurous. They don't need to be only compared to Oasis, Travis and Radiohead (who all, by the way, are talented by their own standards). I have no more to add.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By orac_uk on 8 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
There have been many guitar pretenders praised by NME who have tried to provide the next OK Computer. All have failed dismally.
Most of these 60's throwback bands have sounded dull and tired. The Doves provided a brief glimmer of hope again with the usual NME fanfare that seems to be lavished on any band so long as they have guitars and a 'real' drummer. Sadly though, The Last Broadcast contained just one decent track and I got a refund.
I have never owned a copy of Parachutes but after hearing 'In My Place' (one of the finest singles in recent years), taking a risk on the new album seemed like a good idea.
Unlike most guitar 'rock', 'A Rush Of Blood...' is an instant collection of melodic perfection. The album never forgets the importance of musical hooks, and this is where it succeeds where many fail. 'God Put A Smile On Your Face' has a superb chorus whilst 'Warning Sign' is simply haunting. No thrashing guitar solos here, but carefully selected notes and subtle electric effects that makes the album quite unique and very memorable.
Not quite as complex as the soundscapes created by Radiohead, this album probably has more in common with the Manics glorious 'This Is My Truth' with regards to structure and melodies. The vocal delivery of the lead singer does seem to pay homage to Tom York's finest moments whilst some tracks will also remind listeners of U2 when they were at the height of their powers with 'Achtung Baby'.
So it's no real surprise to see Coldplay escaping the narrow NME sphere of appeal and being rewarded with a top 5 album in the States and around the world.
A turning point for UK music at long last...?
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