A rush of great music to the ears!,
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This review is from: A Rush Of Blood To The Head (Audio CD)
A rush of blood to the head is Coldplay's second album, released 2 years after their debut album entitled Parachutes, in August 2002. It topped the UK Album Charts upon its first week of release in the United Kingdom, and became the eighth biggest-selling album of the 21st century in the UK. It has been since certified 8x platinum for its accumulated sales of over 2.4 million units in Britain and over 15 million worldwide. It is the best selling Coldplay album to date.
The album cover is a picture of a model with the top of her head chopped off, due to a scanning technique used. Martin explained that the album's title means "doing something on impulse" and is reflective of the theme of urgency prevalent through the album. The sound is a development from the first album, where they scrapped songs from the original completed album and begun working on new songs, showing their progression as musicians with extensive use of piano and acoustic guitar. They postponed the release of the album until they were satisfied with the final output with Clocks included, which wouldn't have made it onto the original album.
Politik is a really good start with a great sound, slow verses and a strong repetitive chorus. In my place is instantly recognisable from the intro riff and is 1 of the best songs with a strong sound throughout. It is the song Martin states kept them going when they didn't really know what they were doing in the studio. God put a smile upon my face is a cool song with an acoustic guitar backdrop and a standout sound. The scientist is another song instantly recognisable from the intro, with a moody trademark sound and a great sound throughout, as well as a catchy chorus. Clocks is 1 of the most recognised songs in popular piano music with a fantastic beat, sound and it's surely 1 of Coldplay's most well-known songs. Daylight has a fantastic sound with husky vocals in the verses and an attractive chorus. It's got a memorable ending with the repeated lyrics "slowly breaking through the daylight". Green eyes is essentially an acoustic song, with heavy use of acoustic guitar, it has a solid all-round sound with a catchy and uplifting chorus.
Warning sign is a sweet ballad with good use of guitar and piano. A whisper has a big, guitar driven sound with a repetitive swinging rhythmical chorus, a cool guitar sound and a dramatic verse/bridge. It's definitely a memorable track. I think that Cadbury's missed out on taking advantage of the chorus of this song. They could've used it in an advertisement for their chocolate bar! There's something infectious about it, I think it could've boosted sales! A rush of blood to the head is a strong title track with a great sound and thoughtful lyrics like "I'm gonna buy a gun and start a war, if you can tell me something worth fighting for". It tells of a man with these wild ideas and how he's blaming it on 'a rush of blood to the head' - impulsive urgency; which I think is smart. Amsterdam is a piano ballad which gets louder towards the end and then ends softly again with just piano. It's the most sombre song on the record and leaves a very mellow effect on me as a listener.
This is Coldplay at their best before they started writing pop songs which rely heavily on keyboards and electronics. This indie piano music is so much better than their current sound which caters to a larger audience with catchy pop songs which don't have the depth and quiet beauty these do. This music is standout because it doesn't sound like any chart music. If you want to hear Coldplay at their best then this is album is a fine example of that because there are no bad songs and this album has a few of their most well known tracks pre Viva la vida. It's one which I'd certainly recommend and 1 which doesn't need to grow on you because it's immediately attractive and effective from the first listen.