Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head


A Rush of Blood to the Head is the second album by English rock band Coldplay, first released by Parlophone in August 2002 (see 2002 in music). Critics consider it a more mature effort than Coldplay's first album, Parachutes .

A Rush of Blood to the Head includes typical pop songs ("In My Place"), love ballads ("The Scientist"), acoustic songs ("Green Eyes") and other more intimate songs, reminiscent of Parachutes.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 473 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Slant Magazine Review
Once again, or as always, the best, most beautiful rock music is coming from our friends the Brits. Among the new breed: Travis, Starsailor and indie Britpop band Coldplay, whose second full-length album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, resumes the stark dream-pop of its Grammy-winning debut, Parachute. Singer Chris Martin's evocative vocal is again front-and-center, at once evoking Pink Floyd (on the opening track "Politik") and Jeff Buckley (on the title song and "God Put A Smile On Your Face," a track in which the singer also calls to mind the vocal quirks of another contemporary rock god, Dave Matthews). Martin's lyrics are universal yet pointed and unique: he sings, "I was scared/Tired and underprepared/But I wait for it" on the album's first single "In My Place," while he deconstructs the science of love and loss on "The Scientist" ("Heads are a science apart...I was just guessing/At numbers and figures/Pulling your puzzles apart") and parallels dark and light with fear and love on "Daylight." But, of course, Martin is not alone; from the quiet string-imbued "Warning Sign" to the piano-driven "Amsterdam," Coldplay has once again delivered pure acoustic beauty.

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