A Rush of Blood to the Head
When he was asked to name some of his favorite current bands a while back, Ringo Starr quickly tabbed Coldplay, proving once again that the former Beatle's good taste goes beyond his choice of musical mates.
Students at London's University College, Coldplay busted out of the U.K. when their 2000 debut Parachutes—powered by the radio fave “Yellow”—sold more than 5 million copies. This follow-up is even better, and fans of acts like Radiohead, Travis, and Starsailor should lock into cuts like the gorgeous “In My Place,” the pulsating, piano-based splendor of “Clocks,” or the Eastern-traces shimmering in and out of “Daylight.”
Singer Chris Martin is a commanding presence and his soaring, multi-octave melodies drive the sound. But the rhythm section is air-tight and the songs are intricately arranged, lyrically provocative, and laced with hooks. Check out the album-opening hard drive of “Politik,” which was penned on Sept. 13, 2001, or the gutsy “A Whisper ” late in the set. It's strong from start to finish, one of the most musically satisfying CDs of the season from a band overflowing with talent.