A Rush of Blood to the Head

Label
EMI UK
Release date
15 Aug 2002
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
54:05

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Politik 5:18 649,286
2 In My Place 3:47 1,065,999
3 God Put a Smile Upon Your Face 4:59 739,061
4 The Scientist 5:06 1,413,280
5 Clocks 5:07 1,513,825
6 Daylight 5:27 604,979
7 Green Eyes 3:43 748,340
8 Warning Sign 5:31 691,522
9 A Whisper 3:58 528,070
10 A Rush of Blood to the Head 5:50 602,256
11 Amsterdam 5:19 598,740

About this album

A Rush of Blood to the Head is the second album by English band Coldplay, released on August 26, in the UK and on August 27 in the U.S… It was as successful as, if not more than, its predecessor, Parachutes, debuting at #1 in the United Kingdom, moving 273,000 copies, and at #5 in the United States, moving 144,000 copies in the first week.

The album includes singles (In My Place, God Put a Smile Upon Your Face), s (The Scientist, Warning Sign), and songs (Green Eyes). However, the U2-esque of the album’s opening track Politik, the -driven Clocks, and the loud guitars of A Whisper were seen to extend the band’s musical range. The album also had greater use of piano than Coldplay’s debut album or that of many other rock bands popular at the time. Clocks, a song centered around a cyclic piano riff and included on the album only at the last minute, ultimately became the band’s largest hit to date, earning the band a Grammy for Record of the Year.

A Rush of Blood to the Head also won the 2002 Grammy for Best Album. The album received generally excellent reviews, and many critics considered it better than Coldplay’s first album, Parachutes. In 2003, the album was ranked number 473 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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