100 Best Albums of the 2000s

Coldplay, 'A Rush of Blood to the Head'

21. Coldplay, 'A Rush of Blood to the Head'

In the early '00s, starry-eyed Brit-pop boys doing a cuddly version of Radiohead were a dime a dozen. (Remember Starsailor?) It was Coldplay's second album that showed they were true contenders. Songs like "Green Eyes" and "The Scientist" brought back the comforting melodies of "Yellow" but revealed a band that was restless and hungry: The twinkling sonics suggested prime Smiths or U2. And darker stuff like the austerely beautiful death meditation "Amsterdam" and the OK Computer-worthy "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" showed the group had more than arena anthems on its mind.


Rolling Stone's Original 2002 Review

Video: Coldplay's "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall"

Photos: Backstage With Coldplay

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