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A Rush Of Blood To The Head

Coldplay

2002

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A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Album Summary

A Rush of Blood to the Head is the second studio album by British rock band Coldplay. It was released on 26 August 2002 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom, and a day later by Capitol Records in the United States. Recording started after the band became popular worldwide with the release of their debut album Parachutes (2000), and one of its singles in particular, "Yellow". The album was produced by the band and Ken Nelson, and makes greater use of the electric guitar and piano than its predecessor. The album topped the UK Albums Chart upon its first week of release in the United Kingdom, and became the eighth biggest-selling album of the 21st century in the UK. The British Phonographic Industry has since certified the album 10× Platinum for its accumulated sales of over 3 million units in the UK and the album has sold 15 million copies worldwide. The album spawned the hit singles "In My Place", "The Scientist", and "Clocks". "God Put a Smile upon Your Face" was also released, but was significantly less successful. A Rush of Blood to the Head has been critically acclaimed, and the band received three Grammy Awards for the album; the 2003 Grammy for Best Alternative Album, which was the band's second win in a row, the 2003 Grammy for Best Rock Performance with the song "In My Place", and the 2004 Grammy for Record of the Year with the song "Clocks". In 2020, it was ranked number 324 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". It was also among ten albums nominated for the best British album of the previous 30 years by the Brit Awards in 2010, ultimately losing to (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
2

I will risk being called a math nerd but I need to use that side of the brain to try to show why the number of Coldplay listens on Spotify is so confusing. So - some simple math. On Spotify The Scientist has 1.2 billion - that's with a B - listens. That's more than 15% of the world's population. I can't believe more than 1 in 10 people want to hear this song. But wait - it's far worse! Spotify has only 200 million subscribers. So on average, each Spotify subscriber has listened to this song six times and if only 5% of subscribers (being 10 million which sounds way too high) actually like - and listen to - this song, then those soup lovers have listened to this 120 times each. Why would anyone do that? Who are these people? Do you know any? I know none of my friends listen to it. Ditto for my enemies. But those people must exist. There can't be just one Gen Yer playing it over and over 24 hours per day.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

I’m sorry for judging you Coldplay. This is honestly a great album. There’s something about the writing and tone, simplicity and emotion in the lead vocals that really get you

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Sat Apr 17 2021
2

2.4 + Had a burned copy of this in 2002 when I was going through a tough breakup. Initially some of these songs hit well but after about a week the goopy sincerity and simplistic song structures and lyrics began to grate. This is a Paulo Coelho-esque, universalist, "we're-all-in-this-together" soundtrack, where the songs paint a very basic emotional landscape - vaguely sad, vaguely longing, vaguely hopeful - such that anyone can fill in the broad strokes with their own flourishes and colors. It's lowest common denominator music aimed at drawing a broad swath of listeners, likely those with less discerning musical palates who seek affirmation in music and eschew any challenge. I imagine it also helps if your English language skills are still developing - Chris Martin's voice labors deliberately through stanzas of simple words, enunciating every "F", "C" and "S." Here's another album that makes me question the premise behind this exercise - is this really an album to hear before I die??

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Tue May 25 2021
5

I feel like a lot of people are overly critical of Coldplay, more so than they need to be. These seem to be the same people I get into arguments with about the importance of pop music. Anyway, this album reminds me of a very specific time in my life so I can't help but like it.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Coldplay gets a bad rap for being bland or corny but these songs are compelling enough to me that I enjoyed the album quite a bit! Varied songwriting and solid hooks that keeps the runtime fresh, exceptional production that plays to that songwriting, and a few hit songs to keep things fresh at the halfway point. My biggest problem, however, is the runtime. A couple of songs in the back half could easily be axed to allow for a more digestible album, but instead it ends up feeling a bit bloated and kills the momentum near the end. The CD era of albums is certainly to blame for this, but alas.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

Its alright, it goes on a bit, as i listen to it i can image in parallel worlds people in wandsworth necking white wine around the kitchen table and talking about that time they went to a live gig and in another chris martin counting his spotify royalties whilst idly penning a tweet telling other people how to live Tbf this was the album they made before falling completely into the chasm of being superstar nobs so most of the tracks are still very listenable...clocks, the scientist and in my place are all great songs but its hard for me to listen to it without going to a mental place where chris martin is a nob and coldplay are boring which is a shame as this and 9parachutes were great in their time.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
1

I’ve never been a fan of Coldplay but also never really listened to them, so in a strange way was looking forward to this record to either surprise me or confirm my dislike of them. Good lord they are the most boring, whiny, self indulgent band of all time. I will never understand the appeal of this band

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Fri Oct 29 2021
1

I couldn't even make it two full tracks in. I wanted to give it a more thorough listen and lay out all the reasons why Coldplay is boring music for boring people, but life is too short to waste listening to Coldplay.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

One of my favorite albums of all-time. Finished right after 9/11, it truly reflects vulnerability and pain.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

This is a great album. Coldplay’s overplayed hits & media personas may lead one to lose sight of their innovation and artistry. ‘The Scientiist’ is cleverly crafted and executed perfectly. The album’s concepts and sequencing are very well thought out - great opener with a touch of turmoil, plenty of soaring chorus builds bathed in reverb, and somehow the sparseness of the guitar makes it that much more impactful. On a personal note, I will never forget performing Green Eyes’ at my friends Rob & Peggy’s wedding.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
1

I remember watching a documentary once about how the Swiss army were working to develop bullets that caused less harm as they passed through people. The idea being that you could stop someone, but have less chance of fatally injuring them. Similarly, Coldplay have developed a brand of music so anodyne that it leaves almost no trace on the listener. I genuinely forgot it was playing at one point. Clearly they're earnest chaps, and mean well, but it's merely more evidence that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Overall I'd prefer to listen to this again than be shot (Swiss bullets or regular), but it's a closer call than it should be.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

Highlights: God Put A Smile On Your Face, The Scientist, Daylight I've always thought of Coldplay as the alternate-universe version of Radiohead that continued to explore the Pablo Honey sound and style; and surely there is room for both versions. As such, I never understood the hate that Coldplay gets...They're one of the biggest acts in the world and every one of their albums top charts. For good reason, too; Chris Martin's instantly-recognizable voice is the backbone of every song, accompanied by Buckland, Berry, and Champion, every song feels bigger than the sum of its parts, but not overwhelming. God Put A Smile... is enrapturing and captivating, probably one of the band's strongest cuts, but then it's followed by The Scientist, which is almost as fantastic. Clocks and Daylight at the crest of the record keep the highs going...Near the closer is the title track which also serves as an apt description. Rush of Blood might be peak Coldplay, but it would be be a disservice to the listener to stop the journey here.

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Sun May 16 2021
5

Maybe the best Coldplay album? I always forget how into them I was for those first few albums.

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Sat Sep 04 2021
5

I'm biased because I'm a massive fan of the old Coldplay but I think this is a great album. The lyrics speak to me on a different level. The simplicity and tone of the music and vocals just hits the right spots.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

This album would be graded higher if people stopped hating on Coldplay for just being Coldplay; people are far too critical of them. Anyway, this was an excellent album, great vocals, lyrics, and instrumentals. They sound very unique and alot of the songs on the album are great. 10/10.

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Tue Jun 06 2023
4

It’s fun hating Coldplay, so don’t tell anyone I actually, really rather enjoyed this.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

Some great songs, but also a fair bit of filler. Struggled to make it to the end! Between a 3 and a 4, but as it’s Coldplay I’ll round down.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

It's Coldplay. Bland and repetitive.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

While I'm not a fan of what Coldplay has become, there's a reason they got to be so huge and this album is an absolute masterpiece. It's moody, has great heart and emotion, it's so easy to get into this and every song is a banger. There's a huge run of hits but even the tunes that didn't become radio hits are all great, Politik is an excellent opener. The band went on to lose the magic that made this album so fantastic, and their new tunes are all focus-group pop music to appeal to the masses. But despite the future that comes, this album stands on it's own and is worth five stars easily.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

I find the popularity of Coldplay's dull music kinda irritating. Has anyone ever said "I got into music and formed a band because of Coldplay"? But to it's hard to knock the accessibility of their songwriting and ignore some of the megahits on this album. 7/10

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Fri May 14 2021
3

It was inoffensive. I need a 2.5 star option. This falls right at neither agree nor disagree.

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Thu Jun 08 2023
3

Made me wanna hug my dog and drive off a cliff. Pretty good.

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Mon Sep 18 2023
3

I'm often conflicted when it comes to Coldplay's music. The songs are trite and sappy. They are pseudo-serious and irritating. That said, they are also undeniably catchy. Every song has a good hook. Many on this list love to hate Coldplay. And I can understand the aversion to music that is, at times, saccharine. I just can't seem to figure out if I, too, truly despise the band; or maybe I have allowed peer pressure to stop my feet as they unconsciously tap along to the songs. Dave Grohl once said that "the whole guilty pleasure thing is" ... well ... to paraphrase ... BS. Maybe he's right.

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Tue Nov 28 2023
3

I guess I can see why they were so popular, its not music that will offend or challenge anyone. Not my cup of tea

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Thu Oct 08 2020
5

Great album. The last one of theirs I really cared for.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Barely a weak moment - a band at their peak. Politik sets the bar really high from the off and it flies from there for me. God put a smile on your face, Clocks, The Scientist, Warning Sign. A couple of weaker moments but it finishes on a total high with A rush of blood to the head being another standout track - an easy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

I've said it many times, and I'll say it again. Coldplay has 3 perfect albums, and this is one of them! Incredible songs all the way through, with lots of variation and genre blending. A thoughtful progression of tracks and sounds.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

one of my favorite albums ever - a true masterpiece front to back. Amsterdam is such an underrated song. Coldplay's best album bar none, and one of the best of the last 25 years

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Tue Oct 10 2023
5

Classic Coldplay album with great lyricism and wonderful production. Every track was fun for me. I love the mix of piano and guitar.

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Sun Nov 12 2023
5

Fuck the haters; the first four Coldplay records are all legitimately great and there’s a reason this sophomore effort sent them into the stratosphere.

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Sat Jan 13 2024
5

I think people know this album as the one with Clocks & The Scientist – I certainly did, and I won’t act like I’m not guilty of that. It's more than that; It’s an instant classic. In terms of sticking to a theme, expanding on that theme, and keeping both a vocal style & an instrumental style that hooked me in, I think the album as a full experience was as enjoyable of a listen as I’ve gotten out of any other album. If I’m being nitpicky about it, then… yeah, the album sticks to its theme really, really hard, but it doesn’t really feel repetitive to me, even though we’re dealing with a similar one throughout. Much like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, it’s not a full 5, but it’s so close to a 5 for me that I think I have to rate it that.

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Wed Jun 14 2023
4

Hating Coldplay is NPC behaviour.

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Sun Jun 18 2023
4

Coldplay might be boring but this is a good album

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Thu Jun 22 2023
4

I didn’t realise how many of Coldplay’s hits were on this album. Banger. 8/10

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Sat Jul 01 2023
4

This is Coldplay before they started acting like ridiculous rock stars. The songs are tight and refreshing. The syncopation of Clocks is a standout and brought a wider audience to the band. Afterwards, Coldplay became self-absorbed, experimental (not in a good way) and phone-it-home dull.

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Tue May 30 2023
3

I expected Coldplay to be worse. They get a bad rap, but this album was pretty good. It doesn’t hold up as well as some other albums of the time, but it can still be enjoyed every once in a while. Not too original, but by no means is it a bad album. 3/5

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Sat Apr 02 2022
2

Coldplay just sucks. Boring basic music for boring basic people.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
2

I'm still not a fan of Coldplay. Off to a great start...

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Tue Jun 06 2023
2

Coldplay is sort of my nemesis so I hate to say that while I didn't enjoy this album, I can understand why others do.

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Tue Jan 09 2024
2

Gonna do some live notes on this one. First two tracks bore me. Was surprised to hear the third track, God Put A Smile Upon Your Face, sounded a little angular, there was a little edge in the bassline and guitar work. This song sounds like it could be a Stone Temple Pilots cover. The chorus is a little unimaginative though. Also, I have yet to hear any particular thought-provoking lyrics. The Scientist. Of course am familiar. This is the kind of basic, repetitive, overproduced global hit that turns my stomach. It doesn’t move me the way it thinks it will. I’m a little annoyed that 1001 Albums is making me listen to this tbh. I could have died without hearing this without issue. Also familiar with Clocks. It’s admittedly a cool walk down part on the piano on which the entire song is built. But damn, it just repeats forever. The bridge is not a big enough departure from the pattern. They built something cool from that repetition but after a couple times through, I’ve had enough. Speaking of clocks, this is 54 minutes of my life I won’t get back. Well, Daylight is different! Cool bassline in the verse. Then, are those strings tracked backward? Some cool stuff in the verses. 3rd track and this definitely the highlights of the album so far. Still surprised how bland and generic the lyrics are. I expected they’d be better from reading a few album reviews. Shrug. Lyrics are pretty subjective anyway. Green Eyes doesn’t blow my mind, but it’s nice to hear a different sound from them. Acoustic with country influence. Lyrics suck again though. Maybe I was under the wrong impression, I thought Chris Martin was supposed to be good lyricist. Sounds mostly trite to me. Warning Sign - in the first two minutes, the entire four-plus minutes of this song have bored the shit out of me. Whisper - OK, well they’ve found something cool here with the 3/4 time. So I’ve learned that there’s more to Coldplay than the antiseptic pop they got huge with. Again, some cool bass things and production giving it an off-kilter dreamlike feel here. So that’s a compliment, right? Rush of Blood - lyrically, I see the Johnny Cash and Nick Cave influences Martin mentioned to Spotify. But it’s too clean and shiny for the darkness it tries to convey. Amsterdam - well, going into it I’ve heard a few songs with the same title that are good. Can they pull it off? … more than halfway through and not looking good. … And no, nothing interesting here. While this track wraps up, I’ll confess I am not sure what it is that I have against Coldplay. I guess it’s that nothing moves me. Almost like it’s trying too hard to be more than it is. It projects a lot of emotional drama, but I don’t feel any of it. Perhaps my authenticity detector is picking up songs being written for popularity rather than for art. Sounds pretentious but just trying to verbalize the way I take in this band’s music. I will say there were three (God Put A Smile, Daylight, Whisper) tracks that make me appreciate them a bit more after this listen. Don’t mean to be harsh, this is a perfectly fine album, but unfortunately that’s all it is.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
1

With this project I find it hard to break away from the nostalgia of albums I loved in younger years. Conversely it's the same to listen to music of bands I hate. I tried but it's still shit. The music is dull the lyrics are so ernest I want to barf . His vocals are those of a bored supply teacher. I hate this so much.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
1

Bland music that makes millions of people who don't like music fall into some soma version of "happiness" I guess? Best Tracks: God Put a Smile on Your Face; The Scientist; Clocks;

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Thu Jan 19 2023
1

If Coldplay were a spice they'd be flour

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Wed Jan 25 2023
1

The band that put me off music and caused me to lose faith in the human race.

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Thu Feb 16 2023
1

An album full of hsbc adverts

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Tue Apr 04 2023
1

The hum of a ungrounded turntable is more interesting than than this tribble.

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Tue Apr 04 2023
1

Not a fan. This is the kind of soft rock that plays in the background of an accountant’s office.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Estoy convencido de que ColdPlay fue el grupo representativo de los 2000's. Aunque varias canciones tienen un tono melancólico, tienen a la vez mucha energía y pasión. Es música que anuncia el comienzo de un nuevo milenio, aunque después como que perdieron el rumbo y se descompusieron, a mi gusto.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

Este disco me lo regalaron mis padres. Son 5 estrellas solo con ver la portada de nuevo. El primer tirón del disco es impresionante: Politik, In my place, God put a smile upon your face, The scientist y Clocks. 5 obras maestras del pop. Y por no hablar de "Green eyes" con ese toque folk-country-americana music.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Politik representan el disco. De lo saturado a lo simple, así el disco. Este oed8es como hablar de los discos más valiosos con bandas que son agridulces. Lo escucharemos siempre 30 veces, la neta

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

I just enjoy Coldplay. Good band that is easy to listen to

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

I enjoyed this album. Has a good vibe to have on while trying to get work done. very mellow.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Very good album 5/10 best songs were scientist and clocks

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

I like this. Not my favorite album, but has the best song - The Scientist <3

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

So incredible!! What else can I say? Brilliant lyrically and sonically.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
5

Мой любимый альбом этой группы

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

okay this album was actually really good I would call myself a Coldplay fan (because the fanbase is pretty annoying) but I can say that this album is a 10/10 and I started listening to it being biased against it every song just performs exactly the way it’s supposed to, it’s really well done still I don’t think I’ll listen to these songs in my free time, I can still value the work that went into this, creating such a high quality product

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Instant classic, one of the well defined albums of Coldplay that makes them who they are now. Politik - Chill start in the album. Beats Instrumental sets the stone. Voices supplement the overall mood that the song is portraying. Great buildup midway of the song

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

One of my favorites. Great album to work to, to sleep to, or to listen. Really takes me back. Solid songwriting and musicianship. A master pop album.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

increíble que hayan hecho un disco tan lindo como este y después se hayan convertido en una imitación de U2 de cuarta. Clocks es una obra maestra.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

Peak coldplay. Definitely a singer-songwriter vibe with atmospheric elements and everything is pretty passionate and enjoyable. Easy to put on anytime.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

An absolute gem. Clocks is a brilliant song, but it's an undeniably solid album from front to back.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

They're no Beatles but Coldplay is still one of the best acts to ever come out of Ol' Blighty even if it does seem like poor Chris Martin is always desperately in need of a hug. Not all of the songs are bangers but that's not really the Coldplay vibe so I'm not bothered. Any of the non-hits would be cornerstone tracks for any other band. Their brilliance is just dimmed because they sit in the shadow of tracks like "Clocks" and "Amsterdam" which are monsters. It's a great album, no contest.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

I loved this album so much when I was a teenager. I remember when it came out I had 14, and it was beatiful. So deep, so well constructed.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Não consigo apontar uma música ruim nesse album, em sua proposta ele é impecável. Musicas prediletas: -In My Place; -God Put a Smile upon your face -The Scientist -Clocks -Daylight -Green eyes (Foi a musica que mais ouvi em 2021 segundo lastfm) -Warning Sign -Amsterdam Datalhes desse album: O Segundo album de coldplay; Produzido pela própria banda; Extremamente autoral, Rock alternativo e melodico, com o tom meio cinza que a banda carregou e carregou a banda (rs) nos primeiros 4 albuns.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

an album I already revisit all the time

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

I could listen to it for a long time

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

Very consistent set of perfect pop songs, with a warm sound and comforting voice.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

It does not blow me away like it did in the early naughties, but the album still sounds great throughout, so I'll be generous and give it 5 stars.

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Absolute classic for me. Still holds up and love the piano on here.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

I've listened to this enough times to know this is a really amazing album. While it has some of their most popular singles, the deep cuts offer more variety than straight piano ballads. It's much more rocking and offers the same warm and uplifting feeling from the last album. It's a classic album and one of Coldplay's best effort (aside from their next release after this one).

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Sat May 28 2022
5

Fantastic album, totally listenable. All bar one song which is pretty impressive.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

I miss when Coldplay were this good. I love this album from top to bottom. It’s not the bands best moment…they’re past it at this point, but it’s still stellar top to bottom.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Album sounds like a 2002 time capsule with sweeping pianos

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