Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
静寂の世界 (A Rush of Blood to the Head)CD11
  • JP2002-08-12
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)TOCP-660204988006801332
A Rush of Blood to the HeadCD11
  • AU2002-08-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7243 5 40504 2 8724354050428
A Rush of Blood to the Head (EMI UDEN)CD11
  • XE2002-08-26
  • GB2002-08-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)540 5042, 7243 5 40504 2 8724354050428
A Rush of Blood to the HeadCD11
  • XE2002-08-26
  • GB2002-08-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)540 5042, 7243 5 40504 2 8724354050428
A Rush of Blood to The HeadCD16
  • TH2002-08-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)724354050428
A Rush of Blood to the HeadCD11
  • GB2002-08-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)540 5042, 7243 5 40504 2 8724354050428
A Rush of Blood to the HeadDigital Media11
  • XW2002-08-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)[none]724354050459
A Rush of Blood to the HeadCD11
  • CA2002-08-27
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), EMI Music Canada7243 5 40504 2 8724354050428
A Rush of Blood to the HeadCD11
  • US2002-08-27
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7243 5 40504 2 8724354050428
A Rush of Blood to the HeadCD11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7243 5 40504 2 8, CDPCSJ (WF) 72246009509302572
A Rush of Blood to the Head ("Industria Argentina" is printed on the back cover.)CD11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)724354050428
A Rush of Blood to the HeadCassette11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7243 5 40504 4 2724354050442
A Rush of Blood to the Head12" Vinyl11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7243 5 40504 1 1724354050411
A Rush of Blood to the Head (BMG club edition)CD11
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)CDP 7243 5 40504 2 8, D145326[none]
A Rush of Blood to the HeadCD11
  • CA2007-11-06
EMI Music Canada50999 5 08261 9 35099950826193
A Rush of Blood to the HeadCD11
  • JP2008-06-11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)TOCP-538404988006846395
A Rush of Blood to the Head12" Vinyl11
  • US2008-08-19
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)72435 40504 11724354050411
A Rush of Blood to the Head12" Vinyl11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7243 5 40504 1 1724354050411
A Rush of Blood to the Head (Hi-Res 24/96 & 24/192)Digital Media11
  • XW2016-06-17
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)190295978051
Promotion
A Rush of Blood to the Head (instrumental)CD-R11
  • US2002-08-27
Nettwerk
A Rush of Blood to the HeadCD11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)COLDADJ001
Bootleg
A Rush of Blood to the HeadCD17
EMI (fake label; use for unofficial releases purporting to be on EMI), Parlophone (BOOTLEG LABEL pretending to be the real one)ALZ 2707-3724367782729
A Rush of Blood to the HeadCD11RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)74321808312743218083129
(unknown)
A Rush of Blood to the Head(unknown)13

Relationships

artist & repertoire support:Dan Keeling (formerly A&R, now managing director with Island)
associated singles/EPs:Clocks
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
In My Place
The Scientist
included in:Coldplay 4 CD Catalogue Set
part of:Grammy Award: Best Alternative Music Album nominees (number: 2003 winner) (order: 13)
Rolling Stone: 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: pub_2011-07-18 (number: 21) (order: 21)
Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 47) (order: 47)
Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 2003) (order: 125)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 324) (order: 324)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 466) (order: 467)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 473) (order: 474)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/3354 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Coldplay/A-rush-of-blood-to-the-head [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/zhf9 [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/C/Coldplay/Discography/Rush_of_Blood_to_the_Head,_A/ [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/coldplay/a_rush_of_blood_to_the_head/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/30812/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000218992 [info]
Wikidata:Q207970 [info]

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Coldplay's new album A Rush Of Blood To The Head is a consolidated evolution from their comparatively naive debut, Parachutes. The die-hard Coldplay fans looking for another Parachutes and the bloodthirsty critics who demand to see some progression will all walk away happy.

A Rush of Blood to the Head is inimitably Coldplay; Chris Martin's familiar vocals, the band's signature harmonies, strings and piano are all there but disarmingly there is a lot more to this album. It's undoubtedly the album we all expected but it's also smarter; more poetic, more mature.

"Politik", the album's opener makes for a driving, imposing start with Martin's distinctive vocals reverberating eerily above urgent piano chords. It's unusually dramatic for a band once dubbed by ex-Creation mogul Alan McGee as "Bedwetters". The second track, the first written post-Parachutes and sounding like a refugee from that album, is the grower "In My Place". It's a fantastic pop tune that justifies Coldplay's status as one of UK's most exciting bands.

The haunting, surprisingly cynical theme that originates in "Politik" is continued in "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" which sees the band at full stretch, lyrically as well as musically. You can sense them pushing themselves to prove to the world that there is a lot more to Coldplay than chart friendly singles.

Then, mid-album, they let all their hard work go to waste with the insipid, vanilla tracks "The Scientist" and "Clocks". They pass you by and fail to raise even the smallest emotion. Daylight" and "A Whisper" find the band back at their best with epic, yet simple melancholic tunes. Here repetitive choruses and hypnotic, violin sounding guitars take the listener on an exciting journey that you wish wouldn't end.

Coldplay are a band very much in touch with their emotions, which frequently works in their favour. Martin's heartfelt, passionate vocals on the piano driven "Warning Sign" transform a song which in other hands could descend to the pathetic: "Come on in, I've got to tell you what a state I'm in...The truth is I miss you"

Despite a couple of weak moments this is asuperb album that might just capture your heart and your imagination. Don't struggle; enjoy a rush of blood to the head.