A Rush of Blood to the Head

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Moody, but well-written and impressive vocals.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 15 reviews

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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


What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written byKakarot November 9, 2009
Great band ..............
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008
I have recently started listening to more mainstream music and this album came up. It is pleasant. I wouldn't brag about it but it is good nonetheless (tha... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byDesmay2 April 23, 2020

Great Album, pretty safe

The album contains no swearing whatsoever, no sex (apart from the usual PG love ballad). There is some debate about whether the track 'Clocks' is a ps... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheInquisitiveSquab October 29, 2014

Awesome Album

The lyrics of this album's tracks are very thoughtful and flow well. The instrumentals are also excellent. Even though some lyrics are questionable, they a... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the elements of this CD that make it such a strong performance. What does it take to deliver a critically appreciated album?

Music details

  • Artist: Coldplay
  • Release date: July 15, 2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: March 26, 2017

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