15 May 2014

MUSIC: A Rush of Blood to the Head


I know that many people cannot stand Coldplay. I don't wholly understand it, but I know it. These four blokes, however, are my one true musical passion. Sure, I like other artists and songs, but I don't think many can touch this British four-piece. On Monday 19 May, their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories is released to the world. I hope you don't mind me indulging a passion of mine (it is my site, after all!) as I look back at their first five albums in the build-up to this release, giving a (very!) brief overview of each track. And if you do, you can either express your displeasure in the comments (seriously, there's only ever been one - and that was me!) or alternatively you probably won't be reading anyway.

Moving on...


1. Politik [8/10]
Converse to general consensus, my favourite bits are towards the end. The opening does little for me.

2. In My Place [7/10]
Recalling times when you could get away with more simplistic lyrics (the hook is simply, "yeah!") this is a fun-filled song that has aged well.

3. God Put a Smile Upon Your Face [5.5/10]
I'm not a huge rock fan, and despite the fact this has some above-average lyrics, it gets too theatrical for me. This also applies to the Live 2012 version, which goes a bit far for me.

4.The Scientist [10/10]
One of my favourite songs ever, this is beautiful and can be applied to situations of any emotion. Endlessly singable, it showcases the best of this album with the premier talent of each member.

5. Clocks [1/10]
I really don't get the hype around this song. I don't know what it is, but I find it bloody irritating.

6. Daylight [3/10]
A bit bland and doesn't work very well for me, with no real element that I like.

7. Green Eyes [8/10]
A charming love song that flows effortlessly around you. May take a few listens to get into though.

8. Warning Sign [7.5/10]
A great track that encapsulates all of the Rush era for me. It has some great lyrics and guitar.

9. A Whisper [2/10]
Another relatively dull addition. It feels like a bit fraudulent, given the wealth of enjoyable b-sides produced in this era that could have taken its place.

10. A Rush of Blood to the Head [5/10]
This is neither here nor there for me. It doesn't really move me either way; there are aspects I enjoy without every venturing into 'good' territory.

11. Amsterdam [6/10]
I don't really get the level of hype around this either. It's alright, don't get me wrong, but it isn't my cup of tea.


Average:
5.7/10

Top Three Tracks:
The Scientist, Green Eyes, Politik

Skip:
Clocks, Daylight, A Whisper

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