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A Rush Of Blood To The Head

Coldplay

2002

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A Rush Of Blood To The Head

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3.47

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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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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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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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It's Coldplay. Bland and repetitive.

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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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5

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

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

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2-3. Very coldplay-y

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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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Coldplay sucks

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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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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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5

for me a 5,

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5

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

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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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5

Done

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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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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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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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5

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

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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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5

gostei

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Loved it

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5

I liked. :)

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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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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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5

Such a great album

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5

Will always love this album

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5

Мой любимый альбом этой группы

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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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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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5

Can't beat early Coldplay!

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5

All time great

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5

Old favorite!

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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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5

Classic

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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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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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5

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

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5

Amazing album

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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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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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5

Incroyable

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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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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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5

Solid pop album

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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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5

Very good!!

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5

A great one

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5

Pretty much flawless

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5

I could listen to it for a long time

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5

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

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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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5

good!

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5

classic bb

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5

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

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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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4

Wow, I'm really impressed. This is sort of like what Radiohead might have ended up doing if they had kept their The Bends-era sound. Occasionally it was a little poppy for my tastes, but if I did a PCA on this there's no way it would end up in the John Mayer cluster. Anyone who thinks it's uncool to like these guys is a moron. Best song: Daylight (although there are quite a few to choose from). Musically dense, and I'm a sucker for the combo of strings and loopy bass.

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4

Pretty enjoyable listen.

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4

Very good album, very emotional lyrics that get the job done.

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4

Bem nostalgico, não tão bom assim...

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4

Very chill, some great tracks. Easy to listen to, but not the most exciting sound.

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4

Forgot how beautiful this is.

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Say what you want about Coldplay, their second studio album is fantastic. Ignoring the overplayed popular hits like The Scientist and Clocks, this album is just banger after banger. I am a Coldplay stan though so maybe i'm biased here. The first track Politik sets the tone and is a great opening. The closing track Amsterdam is one of my favourites, I love the crescendo at the end there. The weakest track IMO is A Whisper, but it's still great.

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4

Well done

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4

This album is full of coldplay classics front to back.

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4

It’s hoot hour! Feed a bad sloth and you have to expect a good outcome, as they say. Pretty good and not grinding for a mainstream-y band. Takes me back to a trip home from Louth Races in TR’s car after I’d been bitten by a redback spider, tripping balls

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4

First half good, second half bad. Gave me good mems of Glasto 2005 so it gets an extra star for that.

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4

When Coldplay were top of their game, they were pretty good. I’ll save my 5 five for Parachutes

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4

Real good. Classic.

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4

One of the great album of the naughties!

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4

Coldplay’s best album, a really good collection of songs

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4

Good album

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4

Listened to before. Very chill.

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4

pretty solid medium rock sound. Have always liked Clocks.

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Politik: Excellent In My Place: very good God put a smile upon your face: very good The scientist: amazing Clocks: excellent Daylight: very good Green eyes: very good Warning sign: excellent A whisper: good A rush of blood to the head: excellent Amsterdam: excellent 9/10

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Es uno de los mejores discos de Coldplay, tiene muchos de sus temas mas conocidos y clasicos, la instrumentacion y composicion es increible junto con las letras, mis canciones favoritas son obviamente The Scientist, In My Place, Clocks y A Rush of Blood to the Place (mi favorita de ellos) ps. Amsterdam tambien esta perra

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4

Coldplay is huge, this album is good. They were still young and fresh.

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4

Really refreshing to hear mega-smash singles like “Clocks” outside of their cultural-dominance era to appreciate them for the great pop songs that they are. It starts off with the worst song (which could easily be cut) and there’s nothing quite as good as “Yellow,” but I was digging the understated production and better-than-I-remember songwriting. A really pleasant listen, and I mean that in a good way. Probably an uncool opinion. Who cares

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4

Good album. Chris Martin is a twat/10.

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4

I'll forever love their first 3 albums before they took a much more commercial formula into the studio. Politik. Just wow.

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4

Can't believe I've never listened to this all the way through before. It's aged extremely well. It's quite soft edged, but has a lovely texture and layering to it. Obviously some of the songs i have heard 1000 times before becuase they were played to death as part of adverts or on the radio, so they have lost their impact, but "Politik" is a really strong way to start and album, a real statement of intent, and Amsterdam is a perfect way to end it as well. And having only heard the melody for "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" from the Mark Ronson version, it was nice to hear the original, and just bask in its glory.

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4

The ending to Politik sets the tone for the rest of this beautiful album. The Scientist and Clocks back to back have no right being that good. A Whisper is the only track on the album that I don’t care for and would skip the next time I listen to. A Rush of Blood to the Head is haunting and another god-tier track. Coldplay has helped me get through some tough times during life and when I’m in the dumps, it’s unbeatable. For where I am in life now; I’d say it’s a great album and that’s what I’ll rate it as.

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4

Enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. good morning soundtrack

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4

Faccio coming out: mi piacciono i Coldplay. Ciò che mi piace è essenzialmente la loro semplicità. Semplicità che non intacca la loro personalità, infatti sono inconfondibili (e forse questo è anche grazie all voce di Chris Martin). Negli ultimi 10 anni sono diventati un po' più mainstream, ma secondo me è dovuto più al loro processo di invecchiamento che a delle scelte puramente commerciali. In quest'album, non ci sono canzoni che reputo brutte, ma alcune mi piacciono di meno (ad esempio "Green Eyes" e "God put a smile on you"). Altre canzoni presenti in quest'album, delle quali probabilmente siamo saturi, io le trovo perfette (ad esempio "The Scientist"). Voto: 4.5

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4

Not my thing but I can appreciate it.

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4

reminds me of my college days

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4

1 of probably 2 actually really good Coldplay albums tbh

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4

Dammit I don't care if it makes me a square I really like Coldplay, and this album has basically all their hits. I almost want to give it a 5, but I know deep down that that's outrageous.

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4

I don’t necessarily love or not love Coldplay but as I’ve reviewed the other album(s) their music takes me back to high school era days very distinctly. Points for that

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4

Another in the long list of bands who were very well-known during certain parts of my adult life yet I somehow missed entirely. I do remember the album cover -- it would've been a CD back then -- and how much I loved the artwork. Still do. I started listening to the album with a bit of concern that I'd have too many biases against them to really hear the music (I might be wrong, but this seems to be a band a lot people love to hate). It didn't seem to matter. I enjoyed the album and some of the tracks are particularly good. I was familiar with a few songs, probably from hearing them in public places, but I really hadn't heard most of these. I like the seeming simplicity of their songs that have more going on musically than meets the ear. I expected this album to be more straight-up pop music (there are those biases again!), yet I heard a little more darkness and layers in it. Good album.

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4

This is an album I’ve always heard singles from but never listened to all the way through. I’m glad I finally did because it’s a really good album. It definitely is different from parachutes and is more upbeat and uses piano/electric guitar more. Solid album from start to finish. Fav songs: scientist, clocks, god put a smile upon your face, politik

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4

Coldplay is kinda boring white person music, but this and parachutes are still great albums. But maybe I'm just a boring white person..

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4

I'm not mad about Coldplay but this is a really strong album. I'd listen again and would probably stretch to at least £4.99 in a charity shop. 3.7

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4

Coldplay always falls into an uncanny valley of "this is so boring that it slips back into enjoyable" like a dreamy drone of sorts. This album includes great tracks and overall is very listenable, but can get tired in one sitting.

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4

Really good, if a bit samey. Politik, the scientist, and the title track were stand outs for me. Kind of odd to listen to it just as their new album is released.

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4

Feels weird liking Coldplay so much after despising them in HS. I think that's the cost of listening to their later, overplayed successes. These initial albums make me understand why they got so big. I like this more than parachutes. Feels more than a 4, but not a five. I'll say 4+ and Coldplay can be thankful for that.

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4

I think this was said about U2 or some other band (maybe it was Coldplay as well) but because they became so "meme-ified" and main stream, you forget they had to be good first to go big. Very surprised at how much I enjoyed the album, especially the tracks that I hadnt listened to before

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4

Solid album through and through. Standout Tracks: Politik, God Put a Smile Upon Your Face. The Scientist, Clocks, A Rush of Blood to the Head

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4

Daylight, Politik… very cool

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A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay (2002) Looking at the title and cover art, one might expect that someone has found a vapid solution to the problem of “A Rush of Blood to the Head”, but one would prematurely be selling this album short. It’s really very good. The lyrics demonstrate a fondness for development and closure. They thoughtfully express the need to love and be loved. And not without an element of both humility and hope. But if you’re lonely, they could make you sad. So be careful. These are songs that penetrate to the soft parts of the soul. While compositional structures are generally colorful and predictable, with steady tempos and rhythmic variety, melodies frequently feature unexpected line endings—a real plus. Simple string arrangements provide a soothing background to a number of tracks. Chris Martin’s lead vocals are strong enough to deliver both the message and the music. Several of these songs could well find their way onto playlists for background while you work. “Don't ever say you're on your way down when God gave you style and gave you grace And put a smile upon your face” Yes. He does that. 4/5

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4

Soulful, fun music to listen to. Deserving of the accolades and awards.

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4

Lots of great memories listening to this one from college. 😊

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4

Damn, what a start to this album - the 5 song combination of 'Politik', 'In My Place', 'God put...', 'The Scientist', and 'Clocks' is incredible, and shows Coldplay (at least this version of Coldplay) at their artistic and creative peak. Fortunately, while the remaining 6 tracks on the album don't hit quite as hard, they're well worth a listen, particularly the touching acoustic track 'Green Eyes'.

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4

A dark, brooding LP wrapped in layers of production. Probably the group's best effort alongside 'Viva La Vida'

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4

Un disco muy baladesco, pero con muchos puntos altos y populares, de los que mas escucho

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4

The Scientist isn't a sad song!

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4

**2000's** I was just a kid. All those alternative rock one hit wonders amuse me. Forget about that guy rapping about mom's spaghetti, we have songs about being numb, being here without you, being asleep in September, going wherever you will go, having to go and make things so complicated, and of course, crying when angels deserves to die. I have no idea how incredible the '90s were when it comes to alternative rock (aside from something about being a creep, I guess), but nonetheless I enjoyed the 2000's much. . . A couple of buildings from a big country just got destroyed and everyone was talking about it. . . And what's this song about... nobody saying it was easy? It's pretty boring. *2020's* "A Rush of Blood to the Head"? Sounds stressful. The fact that it came from a band that I did not care much about didn't hel- Oh boyyyyy! ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ Okay. First of all, this is amazing. Coldplay is not as bad as I thought they were, lmao. My only issue is that the every single is on the first half. I've heard some other albums that are like that. Unsurprisingly, the first half is incredible, 5/5 in this case. But the second half? Usually hit-and-miss. Still, what a unique experience. . . I guess it's called "A Rush of Blood to the Head" because it can blow one's mind.

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8.5/10

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Erg Mooie plaat. Wel moeilijk om van te genieten als je weet dat ze stom geworden zijn.

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Toen dit album uitkwam het ik het weken lang op repeat gehad. Fantastisch vond ik het! Inmiddels heeft het iets in kracht verloren maar nog altijd erg sterk. Jammer dat ze tegenwoordig volledig het Radio 10 Gold / Songfestival genre omarmd hebben.

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4

Niet zo goed als Parachutes, maar erg fijn album. Lang niet in zijn geheel gedraaid!

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4

Bueno

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4

I've hated every Coldplay song that I've ever heard on the radio. Their non released stuff was good to excellent. So pleasantly surprised!

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4

Classic. The whiny dudes from the early 00s.

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4

Nice

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4

Really great album. Loved it.

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4

Probably Coldplay's best album.

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4

Överraskande bra! Älskar hur gitarrerna låter och sångerna är välskrivna och intressanta.

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4

Cool

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4

coldplay at their best.

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4

Great album. Easily my favorite Coldplay album (although Parachutes is pretty good as well). The Scientist is my favorite song. 4/5

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4

Great album which sparks a sense of nostalgia. I know Coldplay get bad rap but this was one of my favourite albums to listen to.

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It feels like listening to the same track for half an hour, which is fine, as I quite like this sort of music.

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Es kam für mich irgendwann eine Zeit, in der ich für mich selbst akzeptieren musste, dass Coldplay früher eine echt gute Band war (bis Viva La Vida und zu kleinerem Teil auch noch Mylo Xyloto). Auf Parachutes sind sehr viele wirklich schöne Lieder zu finden, die ich nie erwartet hätte. Das hier ist also das Album danach und man merkt auch schon, dass sie hier auch schon etwas ihren Teil im Mainstream gefunden haben, aber wie auch schon Parachutes bleibt es eher piano- und gitarrenlastig. Die erste Hälfte sind back to back Songs, die man heute aus dem Fernsehen, aus Werbungen oder sonstwo her kennt und allein das sagt wirklich einiges aus. Mir fällt es jetzt natürlich schwer, die objektiver zu sehen, ich glaube der Riff von In My Place wurde als Intro von RTL Vermisst benutzt, also konnte ich das echt nicht schlechte Lied nicht besonders voll nehmen, aber Clocks und The Scientist sind auf allen Ebenen immer noch verdammt stark. Und eben nicht nur das, denn durch sowas wie Politik und Warning Sign wird eine gewisse Atmosphäre erzeugt, die man eben auch von Parachutes kennt. Und auch der Closer Amsterdam hat mich dann doch ziemlich gepackt zum Ende hin. In dem, was sie da tun, sind (waren) sie eben einfach gut. Den Radiohead-Vergleich verstehe ich so weit, dass sie ansatzweise auf den OKC-Sound gehen, aber dann auch nicht viel mehr. Dafür sind sie einfach so obvious poppig. Für mich sind Coldplay aus den 00er-Jahren einfach ein gutes Symptom der damaligen Pop-Landschaft. Auf jeden Fall besser als sowas wie Maroon 5 damals. 7/10 (schade dass man hier nicht halbe Sterne geben kann, weder 3 noch 4 Sterne wird das gerecht aber 3 ist dafür einfach zu wenig)

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Solid album. Lots of good songs.

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Coldplay at their peak. Tight composition, and powerful lyrics

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Tres bon album de coldplay, avec plein de classiques quon a attendu des centaines de fois. Propablement leur plus connus . 4.5

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Ok

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Definitely the best work by coldplay

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Solid album with several great hits that I enjoyed all the way through. Though Coldplay can often sound similar song to song, their lyric game is so strong that I can overlook that

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Coldplay peaked with the Brothers & Sisters and The Blue Room EPs. In terms of albums, I think their first 3 are strongest and I was definitely a fan of Coldplay in high school/college. Early Coldplay is Diet Radiohead with optimistic-based syrup content. Later Coldplay became its own thing, which is fine but I fell off after Viva La Vida. With that out of the way, I think Coldplay on these earlier albums were at their prime. Lyrically they are good, it's inoffensive and easy listening. If I didn't have loved these albums in my youth I may not rate this as high as I do. I do remember coming home from a long shift at 1AM after closing up the concession stand at a movie theatre, hearing Clocks on the radio the first time and I made me stop in my tracks, as a moody 16 year old it just did something for me. It's still not what I wanna listen to most of the time, but credit to where credit is due. I think the track "A Rush of Blood to the Head" is still good, but I really can't listen to much of this anymore, I'm kind of past it all. But, 4 since I can recognize that it is very successful at what it does.

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A gorgeous album, though I would rank Parachutes higher. The pristineness of the music is a strength of their music but also is a bit distracting, like I want to hear some dissonance every once in a while.

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We’ll composed and really beautiful

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If I didn't get the Radiohead comparisons then, I sure do now. Good album.

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I am vaguely familiar with COLDPLAY having and listening to their debut album, PARACHUTES, but not their second album A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD. I do not consider myself a fan as I was initially disappointed with PARACHUTES overall. After listening to A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD, this album is very well done and pleasant to listen to, but it is not my cup of tea. COLDPLAY is musically competent, and CHRIS MARTIN sings well, but I need personality, dirt, grit, variation, and a host of other characteristics that for me make up a good song that appeals to me. Similar to me experience with NICK DRAKE whom I’ve gotten to like very much after I made my ranking for PINK MOON. This case I’m giving COLDPLAY the benefit of the doubt, because in the future I might “get it”. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, with COLDPLAY - A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD, their debut album is also listed: PARACHUTES (2000) Rate Artist: COLDPLAY (3.5) Rate Album (Year): A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD (UK 2002 Original) (4.0) Ranking of COLDPLAY - A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD songs No. Title Length Ranking 1. "Politik" 5:18 09.0/10 2. "In My Place" 3:48 08.0/10 3. "God Put a Smile upon Your Face" 4:57 09.0/10 4. "The Scientist" 5:09 07.0/10 5. "Clocks" 5:07 07.0/10 6. "Daylight" 5:27 08.0/10 7. "Green Eyes" 3:43 07.0/10 8. "Warning Sign" 5:31 07.0/10 9. "A Whisper" 4:02 07.0/10 10. "A Rush of Blood to the Head" 5:51 07.0/10 11. "Amsterdam" 5:19 08.0/10 UK 2002 Original Release 84.0/110 = 7.64 / 2 = 3.82

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2002, my first year at university. Oddly, I don't recall this album being played that much. Don't misunderstand me, In My Place, God Put a Smile on Your Face, The Scientist and Clocks (tracks 2, 3, 4 and 5 on the album, a warning sign?) were as ubiquitous as oxygen (they still are), but I hadn't sought to listen to the album. I accept that was partly prejudice against the hype, partly a sneer at Chris Martin's Bonoesque, narcissistic proselytism for somewhat ill-defined causes, partly a distanced yet justifiable disregard over their lyrical shortcomings. But whilst listening to this, I realised that I had really quite missed the point. I had ignored that Coldplay have a straightforward mission: vague, slightly sad yet very much hopeful singalong anthems for wimpy indie kids. As someone with touches of wimpy indie kid, I immediately got the appeal of the album when I actually bothered to tune in. It's a very easy album to embrace. Yes, that's because it's overtly populist in its ambitions, but that's not an a priori failing. It really just means the melodies are likeable. As for the lyrics, I had overlooked an obvious point about Coldplay: as a group following on from Oasis, the definitive British band of the 90s, they had graduated from the Noel Gallagher school of lyrics providing mood rather than meaning. Yes, we're not talking Dylan, but that's not the point of this. Would you prefer the Beatles if Keith Moon replaced Ringo? The album is fairly long, and threatens to stay until it begins to stink, but it avoids that mainly because, despite the singles all coming from the front, the later tracks are clearly not filler. More negatively, after a while there is the sense of inspirational-mix-for-a-5k, but what did you expect from Coldplay? Sexy boudoir numbers? A soundtrack to a drag race, whether cars or transvestites? Sidelong noodlings attempting to replicate the aura of Venus? If you accept this album on its own terms, you'll enjoy it so much more.

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Good soft rock album. Much less pop heavy than coldplays later albums, which is nice

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CD

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So my siblings and I really, really loved Parachutes back in 99-00, so when this came out we received it with arms wide open ready to be marveled by it whether it was worth it or not, we loved In my Place which is a good feature of my youths soundtrack, we were impressed by the Pink Floydesque Politik (even though the lyrics are not as strong as Martin wants), and were brought down to melancholia by The Scientist, its Britpop guitar and impressionist video clip. We saw them live that same year, funny story with a storm, jumped gates, a spaced out guy and a stolen ticket), bought the CD and downloaded the b sides and all that, Coldplay was the band that was gonna save music, the new U2 (it was their turn to that title lol) Of course we heard the detractors and the points they made about how unoriginal the propose was, how it was an early Radiohead copy, how the sound bounced between British music eras without being too good at it, how it was corny and cheesy and of course gay (yup, homophobia has been always been there for the band) but we did not care. Now that I think about it at that same moment we were already leaving the band behind for more complex music but at the time it was very enjoyable, guess that’s what formative years are about. Now 20 years later it is still a good memory from my young self, yes, I see now the album is bloated and aims too high, I see Clocks as one of the laziest hits ever, I dislike “a Whisper” entirely, but I also see “The Scientist” as one of the greatest song to hear live, and “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face”, “Green Eyes” and “Amsterdam” as some of their greatest efforts and really good music overall. Yes the album is not nearly as good as I once thought it was, but it is a good record nevertheless, much better that their current stuff is at least. Don’t buy the vinyl, all the presses suck.

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This is a very strong album. Most of the songs are packed with beautiful stick-in-your-head melodies and are well produced and tastefully arranged. Coldplay have a penchant for grandiose sounding songs that make them sound like they would be at home in the arena rock venues and this album definitely have them sounding like the heir apparent to the U2 throne. An impressive sophomore effort from a band that clearly has superstardom in its sights. 4.5 🌟

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Early stuff was great

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Peak Coldplay in my opinion (though they haven't really done anything good after Viva La Vida). "Politik" is a great dramatic opener. I will never understand what people got out of "In My Place" though, I've always found the track pretty boring, so the fact that it was the lead single has always puzzled me, since the rest here is quality moody alt rock. I am not a massive fan of the band and very rarely put it in my rotation, but really liked their earlier output.

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Still Coldplay's best album. Strong songs. Non-stop. It is the What's The Story Morning Glory of the 00s (heard these songs perhaps too many times from everywhere).

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good songs obviously, not really a fan of chris´s voice

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Deeply unfashionable; but I really like it… maybe some sort of nostalgia at play!

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4.5 stars. Such a classic - before Chris Martin and co went off the deep end. Great melodies, great bass lines, and such sentiment. Less than perfect d/t a whisper... RIP quality Coldplay

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This is one of those albums with a distinct A and B side like singles used to have, with all the really good stuff front-loaded onto the A-side and the not so good stuff tucked away on the other. But the A-side *is* really good, enough so that I'll give it 4/5...

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Better than I expected. Would listen again.

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Great album.

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slow sad, sad movie rainy day

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Really nice. Love these quiet stripped down moments that I don't believe you get as often with present day Coldplay. Not saying it's better or worse but it is nice. I think Clocks is an important lesson for all musicians. No guitar on the track, even though there is a guitarist in the band. And it was their first massive hit. Rests are also in the musical toolbox.

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I love the first half of the album; I think they deserve all the accolades they got for its combination of acoustic vs. electric guitar, piano, somber lyrics, and soft vocals. The Scientist is probably in my top 3 favorite songs of the 21st century. But the back half of the album felt a bit repetitive. I know it's the same style but it's like I ran out of gas with my desire for that sound. It's just missing something. I think with a bit more range or musical depth this album would be a 5.

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That piano

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i mean the classics are good but didnt discover anything more

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3.5 stars

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Starts off great but fades away...

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No me encanta Coldplay y siento que este no es su mejor disco, pero sí el más representativo de lo que hicieron al principio del siglo. Los sencillos están tan quemados que con Clocks ya instintivamente espero que entre la versión de son cubano; en cambio las que no fueron sencillos son tan aburridas que obviamento no eran material para hacer algo más con ellas.

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I don't think I've ever listened to a full Coldplay album before. Not exactly my cup of tea, though I didn't find it unpleasant. A little monotonous in tone?

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It’s probably a 4 star album, but has a few songs that are/were very overplayed. Still has others that I forgot about that were really good as well like “In My Place”

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Alright actual has some good songs on it

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Nope!!!

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Escuché mucho este disco hace ya casi 20 años, concierto incluido. Me pasaba que el inicio es muy bueno pero después de Clocks me perdía. Pese a lo quemado de varias canciones fue bueno reencontrar esa primera mitad. De la segunda mitad se salva A Rush... porque me gusta la letra. Siento que es sí es un disco característico de su época aunque no sé realmente que tan influyente sea en la música de los años posteriores. Las demás canciones no son malas, sólo no figuran mucho. Songs: The Scientist, In My Place, A Rush of Blood to the Head

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Ah, this takes me back to when coldplay debuted the album. I had this and "Bleed American" shuffled for like 6 months straight. While a great album at the time, it doesn't hold up much, imo. The lyrics are basic, kinda repetitive, but the thing that still kills are the instrumentals. Best song on the album is "Warning Sign", the rest, while musically great, are meh.

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Pop rock. Suave, melódico. Un poco aburrido.

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5.5

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The singles are actually decent but the rest leaves me cold

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I went ahead and listened to parachutes yesterday already. I really enjoyed those first two coldplay albums and I listened to them often while I was in the Navy and on those long drives between Ohio and Virginia. They were great albums for getting lost in and singing along with unintelligible falsetto. Their third album didn't strike a chord with me and so I stopped following them. Their lyrics always seemed like they were trying to be deeper than they actually were. I think that's often the way with popular music. Coming back to them twenty years later I have to say I much prefer the sound of parachutes over a rush of blood to the head. Though, I was carrying a torch for a green eyed lover at the time.

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antes de escuchar: coldplay wea mala xd. despues: mish, no son tan malos como pensé. tenía 0 expectativas y el disco me agradó. peca de ser un poco pajero pero es un buen disco en general

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Very listenable but I have some irrational bias against them

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I was originally upset that I had to listen to this, but it's really not as bad as I thought it was. Half sorry Coldplay haha

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This one's just not for me really. Hard to explain why. There were some really catchy bits, and it's nice music, and is like, modern, well produced rock. I think it's something about the individual instrument parts not standing out much, and just sounds like a wall of gentle pop rock that's there to give movement and energy to the singer but not trying to do anything else. I'd compare this to the album by Travis, but the guitar parts and everything stand out more in Travis. The singer of Coldplay is pretty good to be fair, but just not that excited by what he does with his voice, mostly good but the vocals can be quite dreary.

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3/5 nothing really stuck...

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Not a bad album, but everything Coldplay sounds the same.

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Decent but not a classic.

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Don't really like Coldplay and I don't know why. Mum and dad music innit 🤷‍♂️. This surprised me though, some nice tunes. Feeling generous, 3/5

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I know it's cool to hate on Coldplay but you can't deny there are some anthems in here. It just peters out a bit in the second half. Best track: The Scientist

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Enjoyed this after some initial trepidation. The songs can't be questioned.

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Coldplay fits the role of the non-offensive band o the 2000s. Mom can put it on while you travel to soccer practice. It rarely comes across as authentic because it is just too polished. Some songs can be catchy though. The Scientist is my favorite song from the album and I can say I like it. Clocks is tolerable. The rest are forgettable. 5/10 - positives are that it makes good background music and okay driving music.

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Good background chill music

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Ah, Coldplay y sus temas antiguos, nuevos descubrimientos y elementos placenteros; por el otro lado, canciones que flojean al extremo.

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The album isn't bad, but I don't think its anything particularly special or unique.

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Love the group

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Excellent both musically and lyrically

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Peni bb

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I think it's easy to forget today how impactful this album was when it came out. It was the first piano-driven contemporary adult rock album to hit the mainstream in a long time. I think it's also easy today to mock Chris Martin for his past ties to kooky Gwyneth and his aging hipster brand. But truth is, he was helping to invent that brand at the time. His soulful, poetic lyrics are worlds ahead of what many other 25 year old pop stars write (yes, I'm looking at you, Tay Tay, but not just you!). The trance-synth sound of the band is just the chill groove a lot of people were looking for after having "survived" the turn of the millenium. Sure, there are a couple of clunkers on this album, but Clocks was an awakening anthem for it's time, and The Scientist and In My Place are prime examples of the genre this album helped to create/cement. I don't own this album (it came out around the time I stopped buying very many albums) but if I did, I certainly wouldn't be upset when/if it (or songs from it) came up in rotation. Were this a 10-star system, I'd likely give this album a 7. Stuck in the 3-star system, I give it a solid (high) 3, bordering on a 4.

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A few standout songs, but generally underwhelmed.

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They didn’t live up to their potential, but their early stuff was quite good. Not revolutionary or ground-breaking, but I’ll take their early 2000s stuff over some of the pop-radio-friendly rock that came just before and just after them.

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I have given a 3 because I did enjoyed the album but probably won’t revisit it. I enjoyed songs such as: In my place, The scientist, Clocks, Daylight and Green Eyes. However I think that the majority of the other songs were pretty average so sort of brought the album down.

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The instrumentals are good, the voice is good but the two mix together to a very limited degree, somehow. Well-polished overall but doesn't excel in anything particular, which is always what I am looking for, primarily.

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5 out of 10 clocks and The scientist best songs on the album but not too shabby

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better than i expected

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Bra! Ett par av låtarna drar mig tillbaka till barndomen, starkast känslor av den typen kommer av "Clocks", en känsla av att vara liten, bara springa runt och göra ingenting, kanske var det på någon fotbollscup, kanske någon annanstans. Det är varma känslor. Bäst: "The Scientist"

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Lots of good songs

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Strong start, gets a bit snoozy in the second half.

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I'm not in a Coldplay mood really. This is the second album of theirs so far and the other was way better than expected, but this morning I'm in the mood for abrasive death metal or rap, not this lol. In any case, I've heard the hits from this before; I'm pretty sure this was their breakout album. I don't hate the band (or Chris Martin), but it just feels like they heard post rock and diluted it with U2 until it was radio friendly. The singing is the low point, no way around it. He rarely raises his voice above a whisper. Lyrics are practically meaningless, just introspective high school poetry stuff. The music isn't too bad, mostly kinda dreamy guitar licks with the reverb and delay dialled up, although it's pretty repetitive - as you'd expect something with a post rock flavour to do, I guess. It has to get a 3, even though it's a bit so-so and drags on almost an hour - another one that falls in the "too inoffensive to hate on" bracket. 3/5.

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Farò un grosso sforzo per essere obbiettivo nel mio giudizio visto che i Coldplay rappresentavano la musica che ascoltavano quelli che non capivano niente di musica secondo i metallari (quale ero io in quel periodo) e quindi ho sicuramente forti pregiudizi. Premetto col dire che è stato un ascolto piacevole, anche molto piacevole a tratti. Chris Martin penso di poterlo apprezzare molto più ora di un tempo e devo dire che la sua interpretazione dei pezzi mi è sembrata tra gli elementi più forti del gruppo. Anche alcune soluzioni di arrangiamento o alcune chitarre le ho trovate molto attinenti ai miei gusti. Il problema però è che questo disco incarna due anime e a volte sembra schizofrenico. Questo aspetto coinvolge tutti gli elementi come anche la produzione che su certi pezzi suona indie e su altri (In My Place) suona molto mainstream. Questo album a me sembra in bilico, le influenze ci sono, la visione artistica è forte, la creatività non manca, però... Sì sceglie spesso la strada facile. Sto album ha il piede sul freno. Certi pezzi chiaramente sarebbero potuti andare in altre direzioni ma non ci sono andati intenzionalmente per renderlo accessibile. Lo dimostrano pezzi come "A Whisper" che secondo me è di gran lunga il migliore dell'album. Il resto vola sempre, sembra volutamente, basso. Però stiamo parlando del secondo album cazzo, troppo presto per annacquarti. Suona tutto come una versione da supermercato dei Radiohead (Andrea forse mi odierà per questo). Non lo so, dopo due ascolti come dicevo mi è piaciuto, è stato piacevole ma soprattutto è stato piacione e quando nella musica vuoi fa il piacione io non mi sento di premiarti pure se magari ti ho apprezzato più di altri.

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I honestly just find them so boring but I'm giving a 3 because 2 of the songs I actually don't mind.

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Not up my alley, but pretty good for what it is - contemporary pop.

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There's an overwhelming preconception that Coldplay are musical beige... it doesn't help how overplayed a lot of the singles are as background music on lightweight UK TV shows to elicit any kind of emotion. Despite this there was a lot to like for me here (I hadn't heard Amsterdam, God Put A Smile on Your Face or Warning Sign and all three were highlights). The Scientist is undeniably moving in its simplicity, but there are only so many mid-tempo torch songs a listener can stand before they all start losing their impact and smudging into each other. Still, imagining hearing these songs for the first time, in context from a fledging young band, made me enjoy Coldplay more than I perhaps ever have.

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Going to be a bit more generous here as it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Found some of the lesser known songs (Green Eyes, Amsterdam) decent enough. Very much their creative peak.

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Can’t deny I love the hits but some of the album seems a bit boring.

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Ekkert meistaraverk, en The Scientist og Amsterdam halda plötunni uppi

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This was a much better Coldplay sound.

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I'm not a Coldplay basher but does get a bit dull in parts. The scientist is excellent

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The real heroes here are the sound engineers. This album is ridiculously lush, it’s a joy. Unfortunately, this album still somehow feels less than the sum of its parts. I liked every song. Hell, some I even loved. But together as a single listen it gets very samey, very quick.

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Better than their debut, has more hit singles and is overall quite alright. But it still isn't as good as their competition...

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I wanted to like this album. They had a big sound to many of the songs but they get a bit repetitive and one song is just like the next. Some of the lyrics were pretty pedestrian and seemed just thrown in there. Nothing terrible. Best songs are the scientist and Amsterdam.

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Gode gamle Coldplay. Solid pop, kendt, lidt ensformigt i længden

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altid godt

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Fint

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Pretty good background music

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Sounds a lot like James and Travis in a good way.

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Ihadn't listened to this album forever, never finished it. Got sort of bored.

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Nice but heard it too many times. Still a really good album!

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I think The Scientist is a great song, and I quite like Chris Martin's voice. Its a watered down Radiohead really though isn't it, with the same style but none of the substance

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you may not like them but it's impossible to hate them

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Het doorbraak album hé, dit is nog ok alles wat hierna kwam lijkt hierop

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I sometimes think (unfairly) that Coldplay was what pushed Radiohead firmly into the leftfield. The chronology doesn't quite work, obviously. But, nonetheless, it is interesting to note that after early material that tracked pre-Kid A Radiohead, A Rush of Blood went headlong after a stadium pleasing bombast that aligned more closely with another big album from the year 2000 – U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind. The best of this album are the songs that bookend it - the 9/11 influenced Politik, and the elegiac Amsterdam. In between, any number of above average, slightly over-polished excursions on a basic theme. I'm not sure whether A Rush of Blood...has aged well, or that it simply stands up well against the hackneyed material Coldplay have served up in recent years. Either way, it's definitely a fan favourite, a pleasant stroll into nostalgia for raging pop-pickers like me, and a perfect introduction for the 15 year old who doesn't understand what Coldplay did to deserve the platform they have today.

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Nooit helemaal goed geluisterd, maar prrrrrrima plaatje hoor.

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This album is fine and perfectly listenable for the most part. I don't have strong feelings about it. Chris Martin's delivery feels emotionally flat, which makes it hard to care about these songs. The fairly plodding pace of the album doesn't help. Fave Songs: Clocks, The Scientist, A Rush of Blood to the Head, Amsterdam

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Fav songs: - Politik

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in the middle of the road you see the darndest things

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The Coldplay tracks I know and love best

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Fine.

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3.75

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Just enough instances of beautiful musicality to keep it from being totally generic. Pretty much the exact middle point

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Googlade chris martin… största misstaget jag nånsin gjort….

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Oje. Obwohl - nach dem hören muss ich sagen: gar nicht so schlecht, obwohl gelegentlich an der Grenze zur Generizität. Für wenn Radiohead zu schwer oder unverständlich ist. Kopisten… schlechte 3.

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Rhythmic structure of Daylight is identical to Clocks, and they follow one another on the album. /shrug Pretty enjoyable overall, especially nostalgiac for me, and very emotionally driven.

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Already knew this album, very good but i’m not into this style anymore. Had a lot of nostalgia vibe while listening to it

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I reviewed this album a few months back under a different user profile. My general feeling then was that "A Rush of Blood to the Head" was a 3* album, a bit overstuffed in pursuit of the perfect "anthem" but much better than Coldplay are given credit for. It's true the band seem to be an easy target for music lovers, and if you dig to the root of most criticism, it comes down to them being overplayed or ubiquitous for the better part of two decades. Hardly their fault- even if their stadium-filling success seems undeserved, it's worth listening to an album like this with fresh ears. Their approach is often heavy handed, unsubtle, over-simplistic. Sometimes this works beautifully: "The Scientist" still plays as a great song and Martin's falsetto isn't too grating. It's true that sometimes, songs are dragged down by facile piano refrains ("Clocks") or clunky riffs constantly hammering every quaver ("Politik"). On these occasions, it feels like being bludgeoned repeatedly with a sentimentality hammer. However, some of the more unassuming tracks here are winners. "Green Eyes" is a lovely diversion from the Coldplay "sound", and "Amsterdam" is intoxicating through its slow build and "fairly-standard-but-not-quite-insipid" chord progression. It's a gem tucked away at the end of this record, and worth getting through everything else for.

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I'm sure this album's inclusion is going to stimulate some good debate. As a card carrying member of the sad white boy club, I've enjoyed some singles from Coldplay (as members are required to do), but I've never sat down with one of their albums from front to back. It's subdued, and seems like it owes equal measures to U2 and dream pop. Has some ethereal qualities to it, as well as being a little simple. Did I enjoy it? Somewhat, the middle feels a little barren until it hits the last two songs. Does it deserve to be on this list? Possibly. Coldplay has been a cultural force for a quite a while, insomuch that their most recent record was still generating significant buzz. I've seen another reviewer call this "lowest common denomenator", which I agree with, but it's at least good enough to truly appeal to that wide a swath. It does feel genuine. I personally somewhat enjoyed it, but might just stick to the singles. Favorite tracks: "Amsterdam", "The Scientist", "Clocks"

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I’ve come around a bit in Coldplay after writing them off at the time this came out. Not something I ever seek out, but there’s decent stuff here.

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I know Coldplay mostly as an object of fun. I'm sure I know lots of their songs that I don't realize, something about stars I think? Anyway, I don't really have an opinion and the album cover isn't illuminating anything. OK yeah I know some of these songs. The ones I know are fine, the other songs are mostly fine. I can't deny the quality and catchiness. But the sum of lots of fine doesn't really get to great for me. It's a straight up the middle 2.5 for me, rounding up to 3 for overall prettiness.

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I was expecting this to be bad but I didn't really mind it too much. Only a couple of good songs ("Clocks" is really good... heard it a million times but had no idea that's what it was called. "The Scientist" is pretty good too). Everything else kind of blended together a little too much for me.

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OK - recognised some of the tunes, but it didn't make much of an impact

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Irgendwie weder gut noch schlecht und relativ egal. Die Experimente mit Akustikgitarren-Sound wirken nicht richtig schlüssig. An diesem Album wieder bemerkt, dass eine ~ richtige ~ Band ja ein Klavier haben muss, aber nicht immer unbedingt zum besseren hin. Der politische Track beschreibt Coldplay inhaltlich ganz gut: Komplett abstrakte Plattitüden, irgendwas mit zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen Besten Tracks: A Whisper, God Put A Smile Upon Your Face, Clocks

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Also hm ich hab früher viel Coldplay gehört war sogar mal auf Konzert *___* Extrem funny wie man auf der ersten Hälfte iwie alles kennt. Finde das sind legitime Hits. Der Radiohead Vergleich ist legitim zB bei God put a Smile upon your Face, das Riff klingt wie von OK Computer gerippt aber ohne ~edge~. Und genau das ist der Punkt, die Band ist was ganz anderes, ein Pop Versuch von Britrock oder wie man das nennen will. Viel Nostalgie schwingt da mit aber das ist O.K. Es ist Pop-Musik und hat ja Leute von Mainstream bis Indie erreicht und damals vermutlich oft auch auf einen Nenner gebracht und das ist ja schon mal viel wert. Jetzt aber zum Negativen: Die 2. Hälfte des Albums ist aber einfach nur noch Genudel. Das gibt mir nix mehr und ist arsch langweilig find ich. Ich bleib mal bei der Mitte mit ner guten 3!

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hasse hier nochmal die drei sterne zu vergeben. hier sind ein paar gute pop songs dabei, aber coldplay könnte mir echt kaum egaler sein... vielleicht kann ich diese band auch nicht mehr ernstnehmen nachdem mich und viele andere seit über einem jahrzehnt mit grausamen pop songs terrorisiert haben. der einzige name, der mich noch mehr vor einem album abschrecken würde wäre imagine dragons. dafür war das hier aber verhältnismäßig gut, nicht meisterhaft und auch nicht weltbewegend. warum sollte mir dieses album also nicht einfach egal sein?

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I really enjoy some Coldplay tracks but this album left me underwhelmed. It was listenable but not remarkable 3*

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It's so weird to listen to an album I would have insisted I did NOT know and find I know almost every song. And as for this singer's voice... no idea of his name, yet it's so familiar, I'd know it anywhere. I don't know what the album is about; I feel no need to know. Faint echoes of Nick Drake? It's good music. Yep. They know their way round a song.

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Paradão d+ Mas eu conheço grande parte das músicas

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I have not listened to much Coldplay besides their biggest hits on the radio, etc. I know they are both extremely popular and extremely disliked. And perhaps the fact that they are extremely popular is a part of why they are extremely disliked... I don't really feel strongly about them either way. They sound like U2 trying to imitate Radiohead with a dash of Oasis thrown in here and there. They're very competent at crafting these dramatic dynamics but I'd rather just listen to their influences. They don't really seem to add much to the conversation. In fact, I'd have to say it comes across as a bit watered down. Like Radiohead for people who don't want to be challenged.

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Meh

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Back when Coldplay was considered good and not a junk pop band. This album had several songs that were decent to good. The sound is pretty good and in 2002 was probably ahead of it’s time. 6.7/10

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There's a lot of hate for Coldplay and I can see why, to me they're U2 for the older crowd that likes mellow mainstream rock. If I close my eyes I can definitely see them playing to a huge stadium crowd that's holding up lighters. Clocks is a very good song with a great hook, but unfortunately the rest of the album is very plain oatmeal. But hey, it sells. If not for Clocks this would get 2 stars

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I don't mind the music, a bit middle of the road for me, definitely adult-oriented. The sort of thing the Grammy folks like. Coldplay probably has a handful of songs I like. Clocks has been one of them, so I'm happy it's on here. A few of the others work for me, it's just hard to figure out what all the fuss is about. I'm tempted to give a lower mark but I'd be penalizing them for their success.

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3/5

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Outstanding. Love their sound. Need to hear more of this. 3/5.

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Ihan positiivinen yllätys kyllä

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Good album, but the songs sound a bit alike, it is hard to listen to the entire album from start to finish.

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Coldplay's usual piano driven pop/rock formula. Best (and most well known) track is Clocks, most of the other tracks are good, but not great. 3/5

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Pretty good album. I actually liked a lot of the songs I hadn't heard before. Sorta sounded like Radiohead-lite. Enjoyable. 3.5/5

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I was ready to hate this because I'm sick to death of their singles...but some of these songs I really enjoyed. So, pleasantly surprised.

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Average pop

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Eh. I don't think it was all that interesting? Not a coldplay fan though.

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I’m not sure if you need to listen t to this whole album- it’s still played on the radio all the time

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Never was a Coldplay fan but the popularity of this album still hold all these years later. It's a solid album.

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A Rush of Blood to the Cock. By Ballplay. Feeling pretty ambivalent about this one. It’s full of soporific anthems and the most rousing dross you could hope to hear. The songs are beautiful in their sparse composition and excruciating in their childish simplicity. The lyrics are poetic cliché. I woke up singing these forgettable earworms. Clocks is a brilliant song, but I do kind of wish they would all fuck off and die. Tricky one - could go 1 star, could go 5. Call it a 3 I guess.

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6th May 2022 Listened in the morning while working from home. Went to the gym and watching Liverpool Villa in the evening then did house buying emails :( The middle few of God Put A Smile On Your Face, The Scientist and Clocks is strong. The rest of the album feels a bit meandering. But it’s Coldplay so…

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Pretty meh, liked it for background for my thoughts.

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Le Radiohead du pauvre, c'est pas si horrible mais ça reste Coldplay. Prefs: Politik, The Scientist, A Rush of Blood to the Head Moins pref: Green Eyes

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I just can't get into Coldplay. So boring.

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Listening to this is a reminder of just how deeply the singles embedded themselves in pop culture in the '00s and '10s. As radio-friendly rock/pop music goes, it's pretty quality; But the wave of British music which preceded it is strictly better as far as I'm concerned. The back half of the record, in particular, tends to be too melodramatic for the band's sound to support.

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I liked 4 songs, couldn't get into the rest of the album. 2/5

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Not a fan

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2.5

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I was pretty bored throughout this.

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post-rock lite. certainly could live a very full life without hearing this record. fav track: green eyes

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NEXT!

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eh... meh.

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coldplay has not been good for music.

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Que no se diga... Escuché con atención una hora de Coldplay... DOS VECES. Tenía la percepción de Chris Martin como alguien que se dedica a hacer música fácil, melosa, sin matices, sentimental a madres, de tullido emocional dolido, digamos el tipo de concierto que le llamarían el W40 pa la novia. Escucharlo por un lado confirmó mucho mi percepción, aunque sí tiene algo que ha hecho a fin de cuentas que ha durado más de 20 años haciendo dinero de esto; pareciera que tiene este tipo de música hecha una ciencia. Las canciones como tal incluso podría decir... no son malas, al menos no todas; el mayor problema es que todas son iguales. Es un disco plano, sin matices, nada sube, nada baja, ni el tono de voz, ni el tema de letras, ni el ritmo. Es un sonsonete "agradable" inofensivo que puedes poner de fondo. Escuchar un disco entero se me hizo muy cansado. Los sencillos que conocía, In My Place Clocks y The Scientist... canciones que están tan embebidas en el breviario cultural que en algún momento por reflejo te das cuenta que ya cantaste "Nobody said it was easy." Es música aunque suene contradictorio está muy bien hecha pero ni me jala ni puedo respetar por lo repetitivo y plano que es.

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OK, but I don't seem to be their fan in general

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gave it a try and good first tune, but find them so boring overall

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Maybe the best coldplay album i've listened to? but also not great even at that.

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This album passed me by. Some of their big hits that took me back to the two hours of my life I rated Coldplay were quickly forgotten as the album moved on to averageness. 4/10 so a 2/5.

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background music that did not give me a headache. 500 points Gryffindor

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Like they set out to write the soundtrack to a series of DIY SOS. Which is fine, I guess, after all DIY SOS is a very popular show. I just find the album so dull and one paced and I struggled to differentiate between most of the songs. It’s not without its highlights (God put a smile upon your face for example) so was torn between a 2 and a 3 but I just cannot see me ever choosing to put this album on again so it’s gotta be a 2 for me.

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Shit band, shit album. Quite like the scientist though.

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Hard to get over my Coldplay prejudice for this one but maybe I'm prejudiced for a reason. Martin's voice whilst distinctive was also a precursor to a string of whiny self important singer songwriters of the early noughties (Martin himself has hilariously played up to this stereotype on a number of occasions) and there is now something ploddingly middle class and middle aged about this type of music.

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Shit band, shit album. Quite like The Scientist though.

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I kinda feel bad for a low score but I just can't vibe with most Coldplay songs. a few were okay but most of this album I didn't enjoy listening to and I can't put my finger on it. also some of them feel too sad

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Boring music

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Clocks is a highlight as is A Whisper. The rest, meh. I forgot I had this album in my library. I deleted it.

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Ok I generally don’t love Coldplay but I really do enjoy The Scientist and overall I’m not opposed to how mellow this album is. A nice calming background music for working today.

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Some good songs, but the album really starts to drag towards the end.

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Bit dull.

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La ricetta Coldplay è sentita e risentita quindi le orecchie sono talmente sature che è impossibile stupirsi per le loro canzoni più famose, però il problema che ha questo disco è che tutte le altre canzoni meno famose sembrano seguire una formula simile. Anche i pezzi più intimi sfociano praticamente sempre nel ritornello con muro di suono facendo risultare l'album noioso. Questo disco è un 2.5 che però mi sento di punire perché avevo aspettative più alte essendo disposto a mettere in discussione i miei preconcetti.

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Meh 2

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Pop que quer ser rock.

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Algunas canciones decentes. Politik, Warning sign. El resto, que las ponga mi dentista en su consulta. Sonido básico agradable que no llega a excitar, y la música que no excita es música agonizante. Parachutes es un disco de mejores canciones, al menos más bonitas. XO fue el último manotazo antes de ahogarse. Nadie dijo que los 1000 discos serían todos buenos.

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After Parachutes Chris Martin had a realization. Why worry about interesting meaningful lyrics when you can just write a simple hook (Yellow was the most successful song from Parachutes) and let a 3 year old child write the lyrics. This is where they became the kings of the hook. During Clocks you can hear the exact second where they gave up on doing anything worthwhile musically and sold out to the masses. 2/5 as the hooks are quite catchy tbf. Lyrically Chas and Dave have more value.

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They obviously appeal to a lot of people, just not to me. Boring ass music.

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MOR

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Solid gold shit, maestro!

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Oh FFS, not Coldplay!! To be fair, I listened to the whole album, it was alright, but not sure it's a "must hear before you die" though.

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Clocks is an outstanding song, but the rest of the album passed me by. I don't remember a single line, just a general irritation with Chris Martin's vocal style (octave jumping using falsetto)..

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Not bad.

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Musically good but I hate it.

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Bored. Very bland. The one inch I'll give this album is that it's not technically bad and it's a major part of the sound of the decade in which it was released. Hot take: if this isn't already considered dad rock, it will be soon.

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zzzz. boring

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Not bad. I was expecting better.

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It probably deserves three stars but it bored my pants off more often than it didn't.

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Meh. But like, really meh. Had to listen to Beyonce halfway through.

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They’re just so beige

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2.2 - enjoyed Parachutes significantly more than this album. Nothing really stood out or caught my attention. Unlikely to revisit anytime soon.

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Super relaxing album but not one that I will go back to often

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Not really a fan of Coldplay and though there were a couple of songs on there I recognised, didn't really change this opinion

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Vodafone Werbung.

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Das war mir iwie völlig egal einziger richtiger moment of interest war ah! clocks von coldplay! Hab dann iwann auch bisschen abgeschaltet leider, aber war jetzt auch nicht schrecklich langweilig und da war clocks von coldplay drauf das kennt man ja von damals

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Langweilig und radiohead-pilled (das ist schlecht) Es beeindruckt mich einfach nicht, gar nicht. Vor allem die Vocals geben mir manchmal einfach Fremdscham, kann es nicht erklären. Eine positive Sache kann ich sagen, Green Eyes ist ein ganz guter Song und hat mehr britpop vibes für mich. Ansonsten, wie gesagt, einfach extrem langweilig. Wenn nochmal ein Coldplay Album dran kommt, hoff ich, dass es Viva La Vida...wird. Das einzige nicht blande CP Album. Vielleicht hör ich mir das nochmal an die Tage. Oder vielleicht was anderes Gutes in dem Stil, Noel Gallagher oder so. (RT)

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Ist so vor sich hingeplätschert, definitiv besser als alles was ich kannte von Coldplay und ist ok gealtert, hat also meine Erwartungen überstiegen aber insgesamt einfach 0815 Alternative Pop/Rock der mir nichts gibt außer paar netten Klaviermelodien und losen Shoegaze Referenzen, plus es zeichnet sich hier halt auch dieser öde Pathos ab mit dem die heute noch Hallen füllen

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Was quite interested to listen having always passed on Coldplay as bland. Maybe its expectancy bias but it really was nothing... I didn't hate it so its better than a one I suppose.

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In general Coldplay is not it for me. This album is no exception. The Scientist is a fantastic song. That’s about as far as this album goes on excellence. I find their sound very drab and Chris Martin’s voice ain’t it.

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Ughhhhhhhhhhh. I don't think I'll ever understand they Coldplay appeal. I just don't think it's good much. It's boring and there is nothing special about it.

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Nobody must hear Coldplay. They're just there. Like magnolia walls. As an experiment if I have heard an album before I'll listen to it without the singles. Different Class by Pulp would be great album without the singles. This, well without the singles it's one star.

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I seriously don't care about Coldplay, nor this album.

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Not a big Coldplay fan, but the album was okay. Mostly I just have a hard time getting past the lead singer's voice, but it wasn't wholly unpleasant like I was worried it would be. A bit melodramatic and slow, the backing instrumentals are pretty plain. I think I would have cared about that less if the lead vocalist was stronger.

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I fucking hate Coldplay. F

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

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Tepid. Colorless.

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Slightly buttered bread.

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I thought this was going to be one that I had previously dismissed, and then upon re listening I would see what the fuss was about (as happened with Dark Side of the Moon). This is not dark side of the moon. it is a whine fest.

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I hate being "that guy" who hates Coldplay just because it's the British thing to do. Having said that, man this is dull AF the hits aren't even great and super overplayed and the non hits are so forgettable

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I knew three of the songs of this already, so I guess that says something about the album. The tracks are well-liked enough that they are played more often than not. But I hate to say it, Coldplay bores me. You know that scene in "Coming To America" when Randy Watson comes out and starts singing, and everyone gets uncomfortable? That's how I feel listening to Coldplay. It just isn't for me. "Clocks" feels kinda too simple, and it shouldn't, with the piano and how it's being used. And "The Scientist...." I have a cover of Willie Nelson doing it, it sounds great. It's like Cash doing "Hurt", it takes it to the next level. So yeah it just is not my cup of tea, but I can tell it was well done.

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Ick.

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I gave them a charity 2 stars last time, but 2 coldplay albums in quick succession is leaving me less charitable with this one

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Boring

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Ville verden vært et bedre sted uten Coldplay..? Det er retorisk spørsmål, men jeg tror svaret vi er på jakt etter er "ja".

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Boring a.f.

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Just not a Coldplay fan

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F**king sucks...

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Well now I've listened to a Coldplay album. It was as I expected from what people have said. It's nice enough. I see why people like it. There's just nothing to grab on though, so I'll leave that behind...

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Ik heb het geprobeerd

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First album was fine. This one made me start to dislike them. Every album since has increased that dislike to hatred.

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Oh god please no. I lasted one and a bit songs. What is this???? Penance??

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A bože te sačuvaj.

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Unerträglich wenn ich könnte würde ich 0 Sterne geben!!!

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Nope

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Ugh, fuck this band. How lucky that I get Sting and Chris Martin back to back? Hooray. I probably only have the patience for one listen of what I assume is a concept album about Martin’s first boner. Okay enough(?) griping, time to press play… Okay. I’ll never understand the popularity of this band nor the respect many of my peers have for this group; this half-cooked pretentiousness catered to the Today Show demographic is fucking nauseating to me. AROBTH is a mishmash of snoozy ballads and poppy post-rock, a mostly boring tapestry on which Martin incessantly wails as he’s presumably contractually obligated to vice grip his berries for a falsetto hit in each track. It’s inescapable and every bit as obnoxious as the strained introspection and try-hard tenderness that pervade this (what I can only assume is a) Starbucks-planted album. I’ll admit, there were some moments that didn’t make me want to disembowel myself. I liked the drums and the mix is pretty darn good (as it should be with all that $bux help 😉). 0.5

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I'm not prepared for this.

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Great album really the beginning of there sound before going completely pop rock.

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