A Rush of Blood to the Head



Moody, but well-written and impressive vocals.
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Positive messages

Skillful songwriting and musicianship are what this CD is all about--in that sense, it serves as a wonderful role model for future artists.


One reference to violence in the title song-- "I'm gonna buy this gun and start a war, If you can tell me something worth fighting for"--feels metaphorical and unthreatening.


No blatant sexuality here.


Language is appropriate for all ages.


No particular commercial overtones.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking


Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD is living proof that excellent contemporary rock can be accomplished without profanity or violence. Use it to show your kids how this can be done, and to inspire the budding musicians in your family.

What's the story?

The members of Coldplay -- a British quartet -- understand the concept of the musical hook far better than most of their contemporaries, and their delivery lives up to their vision. A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD is soulful, moody, and compelling. You'll hear Pink Floyd and Beatles influences, as well as some downright decent poetry. The whole package is absolutely exquisite.

Is it any good?


The writing is imaginative, and the musicianship is excellent throughout -- magestic and emotional without ever veering over the line into pretentiousness. Play it more than once, especially if you have budding rock musicians in the house. This nearly flawless album is likely to get under your skin, as well as theirs.

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Music details

Release date:July 15, 2003
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bywarrior of dreams December 10, 2009

good band-accually awesome band

i love the songs of coldplay they are awesome and any kid could listen to it and no violent is in in like today's music
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Teen, 17 years old Written byitisme April 9, 2008

Great Album

This is certainely one of the best albums I have heard. It may not initially appeal to you, but after a few listens it most likely will be a favorite. Also listen to their new one X and Y, not quite as good, but great nevertheless.
Parent Written bydalekslayer96 November 27, 2014

This is Coldplay's best album - period

This album is definitely Coldplay's best. No argument. Although it does cover several dark themes like breakups (Nobody said it was easy. Oh it's such a shame for us to part. ), suicide (Stood on a bridge, tied to a noose, sick to the stomach. ), and a slight reference to violence (So I'm gonna buy a gun, and start a war. If you can tell me something worth fighting for. ) this album has absolutely no swearing , no drug references, and no sex (the norm for Coldplay's studio albums). I cannot recommend this album enough to essentially anyone.
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