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A Rush Of Blood To The Head

Coldplay Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
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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 (227 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face 4:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Scientist 5:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Clocks 5:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Daylight 5:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Green Eyes 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Warning Sign 5:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A Whisper 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. A Rush Of Blood To The Head 5:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Amsterdam 5:190.99  Buy MP3 


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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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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)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coldplays best 9/10 20 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album I Ever Bought 16 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
With this album, Coldplay asserted them as the gods of Indie (or, at least, of melodic, keyboard-y, depressing music). There are so many fantastic songs crammed into one CD here, that when I first got it I could hardly believe it. There are sad, slow songs such as the beautiful 'The Scientist' and the soft 'Amsterdam' and faster, brighter, uplifting songs such as 'Clocks' and 'In My Place'. With such a mix here, there's something for almost every mood, and I had extreme trouble picking my favourite (I'd say a toss up between Warning Sign and Green Eyes).

This is the best album Coldplay created, and also is definitely the best album I've ever bought. Go. Buy. Love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserved Glory 25 Feb 2003
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As I write this, Colplay bask in the glory of Brit and Grammy awards, and there has not been a more deserved winner in a long time. With this album Coldplay have stepped up and joined the big boys (the U2 and Radiohead comparisons might not be so far out). The disc starts with the fantastic Politik, that doesn't seem much at first listen but when the outtro hits you'll realise that this is something special. The pace is furious as In My Place hits like a dose of Prozac. The guitar hook is enough to carry any album. If the band thought Yellow was their Magnum Opus then thet should hang their heads, The Scientist is richer, deeper, more intense and everything that Coldplay stand for. There is some filler, A Whisper is a small lull in the action but it only serves to make the title track more stunning. As the chorus explodes from your speakers you almost feel like your feet leave the ground. I first listened to this album a few days after it came out and it still sits in my CD player above all others. The passion of U2, the beauty of Radiohead and the intelligence of R.E.M. are all in evidence but Berryman/Buckland/Champion/Martin have raised the bar to a new level. Stunning
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in music 7 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
Everything that was in this award winning album's predeceor is contained in 'A Rush of Blood to the Head'. Chris Martin still belts out emotionally powerful lyrics with his unique bruised vocals that would make even the toughest heart melt. Hits 'In My Place' and 'The Scientist' are just a glimpse of the magnificence in this album, boasting excellent original guitar rifs as well as the now legendary piano accompaniments courtesy of Martin himself.
Examples of would-be hits are 'Politik' with its thunderous introduction of guitars, drums and any other musical instrument the coldplay lads could get their hands on. In contrast, the beautiful title track and its following track 'Amsterdam' give the typical Coldplay style of 'music to cut your throat to'.
A brilliant album, highly reccommended
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest album 19 Oct 2002
By joe
Format:Audio CD
I bought the album, and listened to the first five tracks and was at first worried that i'd spent 11.99 too much. Putting the album away for a few days i listened to the beloved parachutes then i played the entire c.d and was astounded at the quality which i had missed in the first listening, 'politik' suddenly made sense with it's un-coldplaylike intro and the exceptional piano riffs in 'amsterdam' had me hooked. The band has adapted it's style to perfection. Parachutes now sounds old and on a monotone next to this great piece of work. My album of the decade without doubt.You need this...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rush of blood to the head
Arrived much faster than I had anticipated and I am loving it! Its a fantastic album, the Scientist perhaps being one of my favourite cold play songs! Read more
Published 4 days ago by Helena
4.0 out of 5 stars Mainstream Melancholy
Coldplay brought an emotion and vulnerability to rock music not heard since early 80's post punk. Songs like 'Politik', 'In My Place' and 'Clocks' have a haunting, overcast beauty... Read more
Published 23 days ago by John F
5.0 out of 5 stars .
This is a great product, arrived promptly as stated, it is of good quality and would definitely recommend this item!
Published 3 months ago by Audrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value
I lost all my Coldplay CDs and decided to buy them again. I have used this seller in the past and they are excellent. Buy with confidence.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. J. A. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album ever
It's been 10 years since it was released, and I still find this album brilliant. The best of coldplay. Has 3 or 4 songs that will always be remembered.
Published 4 months ago by retro_gamer_87
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as always
Arrived on time and in excellent condition. Great collection of songs. Good to see the boys can still produce an album you want to listen to again and again
Published 5 months ago by gina read
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service!
I love this album, its such a classic and still think it is the best Coldplay ever did by a long shot! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Naomi Scarlett
4.0 out of 5 stars A rush of great music to the ears!
A rush of blood to the head is Coldplay's second album, released 2 years after their debut album entitled Parachutes, in August 2002. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Matt182
4.0 out of 5 stars Overrated for me
I have to admit from the off that I've always found it hard to get over-excited about these guys. However, I am prepared to concede that this is a pretty decent album, although... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Clocked
This has definately the best track that I have ever heard from Coldplay I just can't stop listening to it
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