Coldplay
A Rush of Blood to the Head


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Downer STAFF
October 14th, 2005 | 101 replies | 17,855 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


So Coldplay's X and Y was ehh. So Parachutes was too boring. Put your feelings of Coldplay aside people. A Rush Of Blood To The Head contains some of the greatest songs ever written. Chris Martin really put his soul into this one. The sound, to quote Rolling Stone, is that of a small band daring to try to make it big. And it's beautiful. This album is the defenition of what Coldplay should be about. A mix of beauty and rock blended together to form the heart warming, soul twisting sounds that have become what Coldplay was, and still tries to be about.

1. Politik

Politik is a five minute epic, beginning with some loud, passionate guitar. The bottom drops out, leaving Chris alone with his piano to gently hum the spaced out verses. The chorus is still all about Chris, but this time the loudness returns to put some power before Chris's plea "Open Up Your Eyes". However, the highlight of this power ballad is the 2 minute coda at the end, with Chris and his piano reaching the upper, beautiful parts of their range. In the bridge, Chris's falsetto is fantastic enough to give you goosebumps. Then the booming guitars return with the piano over them this time to do the aforementioned soul-twisting. This is one of the best songs Coldplay has ever done.

2. In My Place

In My Place begins with some standard rock drumming from Will, and then becomes a pretty decent song. It's not a classic, but it has it's moments. The guitar seems a little cliched at the beginning. Chris sings some hidden-meaning lyrics (though I still havent found the meaning yet), and then it gently eases into the chorus of "Yeah, how long must you wait for?" His falsetto puts all your troubles at ease with gentle power, a staple of his singing. I've never gotten all that much into In My Place, but I've heard other people say they liked it, so looking at it from an objective standpoint, I say it's a pretty good song.

3. God Put a Smile Upon Your Face

This song is a weird one. It starts off with an off-key sounding guitar riff. Chris attacks this song with almost darkness, and if it weren't for his self appreciating lyrics ("God gave me style, and gave me grace") one would think it was dark. The chorus is spacy, and pretty much uninspired. GPASUYF is pretty much a track they threw together with an easy riff and drum beat, IMO.

4. The Scientist

Getting back to the classics, The Scientist is the ballad of the new milleniium. Such gentle piano, and Chris's lovely forlorn singing give this song the edge it needs to become one of the classics of life. The power slowly rises beginning in the chorus, when some effects are put behind the piano to give the song some power. The second verse introduces some acoustic guitar and drums. I originally thought this concept might ruin the song, but it gives the song a little more spirit. The bridge finds Johnny giving a now famous slide guitar riff. It ends on the highest of highs, with Chris showing off his falsetto voice with some Ohh ooooo's. This is called by Chris as the most beautiful song Coldplay's ever written.

5. Clocks

Clocks is the biggest single off AROBTTH, and understandably so. It begins with that rolling piano that gets your head spinning. I like Guy's bass in this song. His talent is underrated, because if he were to do anything more difficult, it would probably lead to the ruin of most songs. But here, his work is highlighted. The verses lyrics are once again not the important thing, only Chris's melody. The chorus is just some Eeee eeee ahhh's. After that though, the interlude shows has the piano going into the high ranges beautifully. The bridge is what makes this song a classic, though, with Chris flipping between ranges on his power-filled line "And Nothing Else Compares". Curiously, the song ends with Chris going into the deepest parts of his range. However, that part is greatly complimented with Will's crash drumming. Fine song.

6. Daylight

Some people might call Daylight a skip track. And I.... would have to agree with them. It is a dark song with some spacey effects on Chris's voice, and that makes the song listenable every once ina while. Also there's some nice bass work done by Guy. But the chorus is cliche Coldplay, with Chris flipping his voice as he does in most songs. The outro is cool with the line "Slowly breaking from the daylight" being repeated many times.

7. Green Eyes

Here's where we get into the lowpoints. It starts off with a Johnny Cash-esque "Honey You Are A Rock." I hate country and it sounds a little country to me. Once we get out of that, I like his chorus that rises with emotion. But there's too much country evidence for me to get really into it. In my opinion, it's probably the weakest song on the album.

8. Warning Sign

Another countryish riff starts this one, but it's more like pop-rock Sheryl Crow country, and I don't mind it too much. Everything is pretty standard, from the drum part, to the guitar. The chorus explodes with the line "truth is, I Miss You", but it's not enough to save this song from the mediocrity that has plagued a few of the songs on this album.

9. Whisper

We start to crawl back to the greatness of the beginning qith Whisper, and underrated, funky time track. The verses are just Chris saying "whisper", but then the best part comes, a Who-style cry of "I hear the sounds, ticking across". The choruses are average, nothing to gawk at. But as I said, those cries make this song what it is. The ends drags, which I never usually care about, but it gets annoying.

10. A Rush Of Blood To The Head

Classic number 3 standing right here. At this point, you might be saying "Is this guy insane? He gave this a 4.5 out of 5, yet he only likes a few songs." The answer is right here. A Rush Of Blood To The Head is a powerful, dark ballad featuring all of the greatness Coldplay can produce when they put their minds to it. The verses are sad and dark with lines like "I'm gonna buy this place, and tear it down" and "So I'm gonna buy a gun andstart a war/ If you can tell me something worth fighting for". The chorus is the highlight, though, with Chris's singing wrapping it's glory all around your head. It's so powerful. A classic number.

11. Amsterdam

Most of the world would have been content with AROBTTH as a fine conclusion, but we still have Amsterdam left. Amsterdam is a sad track, with Chris sounding all alone with his piano for 4 minutes. Like 'Fix You', this song is all about encouragement with lines like "And Time/ It's on your side". The message is not lost, like it is with most Coldplay songs. The love that Coldplay has so deftly shown is present again. The end though comes in with a bang that was built through the 3rd minute of the song. Everyone shows up, as if to give Chris the support he seemed to be yearning for in the beginning. The emotion in this song is not unnoticed. Another fan favorite and a good conclusion.

Overall: You may have noticed that I didn't give some of the songs the highest of praise. I gave this song the rating I did because of some of the songs sheer dominating power that got lost somewhere between here and X&Y. Songs like Politik, the Scientist, and AROBTTH are such great songs and they are reason alone to go out and buy them. And most of the rest are solid tracks as well. Clocks, Amsterdam, and In My Place are all fine examples of Coldplay's music. The rest are none of them terrible, all just pretty average. If you want some of the best music you'll hear for a while, then I suggest you buy this really soon.

Recommended Tracks:

Politik
The Scientist
Clocks
A Rush Of Blood To The Head

Pros:

Some truly mind blowingly powerful music.
The emotion here is definitive Coldplay.
Chris's voice in everything.

Cons:

A few skip tracks
Not much work done from anyone except Chris.

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time33consume33me
October 14th 2005



16 Comments


i know this doesnt help your review any, but i just cant condone your over all rating on such a god awful band, dammit man kids use this site, what message are you putting out by telling them its ok to like coldplay. kids are messed up as it is but please, please give them a shot at life. coldplay is sure to ensue suicide in a person and i as a brit feel the need to appologies profusely for there crimes on the rest of the world.
oh good review btw, shame about the subject matter

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks about my work, but dude... I can understand hate of a band, but Coldplay will make people kill themselves? And insinutating me putting profanity on the site by calling Coldplay good? Dude.... that's a little harsh.

Digging: A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent

innerdark
October 14th 2005



749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this was and still is a amazin album. even tho i like(d) blink and like green day and the foo fighters coldplay are amazing but one thing...clocks is rubbish recorded,it's 10000 times better live tho


Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Ahh I see your into good music. Excellent. Welcome to the site.

time33consume33me
October 14th 2005



16 Comments


haha dude sorry i was just trying to make my hating the band a little lighthearted, something different to these idiots who go "this band suck and you suck for liking them and im going to kill you for your musical difference"

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

LoL you missed the lighthearted boat by a few yards. But I agree with you I hate those people.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated! keep it coming!

Med57
Moderator
October 14th 2005



1001 Comments


Your review absolutely owns mine. Granted, I'm probably redoing mine sometime soon due to how bad it is, but really good review. I don't agree with the final rating at all, and I've always thought of this album as dipping too much in the middle, but really good review.

Killtacular
October 14th 2005



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Someone's review owning Med's!?

:eek:

Say it isn't so, Med, say it isn't so.

Med57
Moderator
October 14th 2005



1001 Comments


It was my first review for the site, written about 18 months ago. :o

innerdark
October 14th 2005



749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanx 4 the welcome guys


innerdark
October 14th 2005



749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and by the way on the subjuect of 1st reviews... can anyone else remeber theirs?


ocelot-05
October 14th 2005



807 Comments


Parachutes was boring? I don't agree with that. I think that Coldplay has much more variety than A Rush Of Blood To The Head, which earns a 3/5 in my books. Nice review, anyway.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
October 14th 2005



2806 Comments


Great review, but why would you EVER quote Rolling Stone?

Jim
October 15th 2005



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Parachutes wasn't boring. It was just......i don't know how to finish that sentence. OK! It was boring. Between Don't Panic and Yellow, I was just losing interest. This lovely bit of plastic though, was a mammoth leap in the right direction. The songs had character. They had purpose. For heavens sake, they had a pulse! Even the ballads (Scientist, Amsterdam) weren't lifeless. It does "dip" a bit in the middle, but i've listened to it so many times I enjoy all the songs. Now, back to Parachutes...

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. I quoted Rolling Stone, even though it doesn't know two shits about music, because it made 1 good point. And I have a subscrpition..... :-(.

masada
October 15th 2005



2733 Comments


I love "The Scientist". It makes me want to hug Chris Martin, and other stuff.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ahhh the fatal homosexual attraction to Chris Martin. It has affected us all.... actually nope, i think yer alone there lol.

innerdark
October 15th 2005



749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i think he is


Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why is this review not the "main" AROBTTH review? I think it's better than Med's IMO. I dont really care though. I think I'll hit X and Y next...



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