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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.
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Parents say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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
Adult Written byChariot April 9, 2008

Thumbs Up

Coldplay is one of the most (or in my opinion maybe the most) talented band around today. Their music is completely clean. They're sound is not necessarily... Continue reading
Parent of a 18+ year old Written byKakarot November 9, 2009
Great band ..............
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
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 list... 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

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