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Volume 68, Issue 3, Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

Somber Coldplay plays it safe in 'Parachutes'

By Ed De La Garza
The Daily Cougar

When Coldplay emerged in early 2001, it was welcomed by former Radiohead fans who had grown tired of the band's never-ending
experimental phase. In fact, Parachutes sounded much like what Radiohead might have sounded like if it had stuck to its Bends-era ballads.

Coldplay created mood music. And in typical British rock style, it was good at weaving delicate, ambient mid-tempo melodies with utterly
depressing lyrics.

Not much has changed with the new A Rush of Blood to the Head. Singer Chris Martin still emotes and sounds earnest. Life is still depressing
and breaking up or being in love is still the hardest thing to go through.

But the band has moved past its acoustic-heavy sound, daring to plug in the guitars and add a little distortion. And this time around, the
melodies are a little harder to get out of your head.

As the album begins with "Politik," a slowly building number that builds to a crescendo where Martin repeats "Give me love over, love over, love
over this," and ends with "Amsterdam" where he sings, "Tied to the bridge, I was tied to a noose/ You came along and you cut me loose," it's
clear the singer believes love is ultimately bittersweet.

The album doesn't make any bold statements or believe rock 'n' roll can change the world. It isn't layered with intricate, artificial sounds. It's just

But it's not disposable music. Being so pleased with A Rush, Martin stated -- as a joke -- that the band shouldn't record another album. It's not a
marked departure from Parachutes, but it does make one hope this band keeps wallowing in despair.


A Rush of Blood to the Head

Capitol Records

the verdict: Coldplay is still depressing, but at least it wears its heart on its sleeve.

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