A Rush of Blood to the Head (Parlophone/Capitol)
$ATORI ZOOM: This is difficult. As far as my favorite album of all time goes, I could choose much more musically intricate works of art that I adore, such as Kid A by Radiohead or Simple Things by Zero 7. But nothing has struck a chord with me personally and emotionally as much as Coldplay’s sophomore album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. I grew up being influenced by the tastes of my one older sister; I was only a toddler when this album was released while my sister was in the midst of her teenage years. I have vivid memories of being surrounded by Coldplay’s music throughout my childhood as she would listen to a lot of alternative rock at home, in the car, and any other opportunity she had to play music.
Thanks to her the childhood exposure to this specific album stuck with me, and as I grew into adulthood I began to resonate more with the album’s sorrowful and forlorn undertones. Somewhere in its mild angst, is the power to take singer Chris Martin’s indistinct lyrics and ascribe your own meaning to them. What’s most impressive about this album is how all five members seemed to have effectively reached a collective understanding in what the project’s despondent sentiment sounds like while recording and playing their respective roles, creating a punch of memory-evoking emotion with every listen and an overall extremely cohesive body of work.
On the surface, A Rush of Blood to the Head is simply described as nothing more than a crooning and brooding alt-rock album with a glossy mix and radio friendly finish. And although it doesn’t push any musical boundaries, nor demands anything from its listener, that’s precisely where I think the album’s greatest strength lies- It’s a crescendo of vulnerability in its most graspable and relatable format. And to me, this is a prime example of ‘simplicity’ in its best form.
To this day, I often find myself listening to multiple cuts off of this project as I partake in moments of self reflection such as writing in my journal or sitting in an empty parking lot at 3am. My personal top 3 songs on this album are ‘Amsterdam’, ‘Warning Sign’, and ‘Clocks’. The aural experience in each of these songs perfectly compliment these moments of private solitude for me. While the characteristics of my current music are on the polar opposite end of the spectrum genre and feel wise, I take a lot of those same themes of love, heartbreak, loss, and depression into my lyrical content when I write melodic songs.
The album’s overt sorrowful undertones have also influenced and inspired me, ultimately working to add another layer of individualism and tangible dimension to my artistic identity. A deep cut in my discography that bears a similar energy is a track titled ‘Wherever You Are’. With roots so deeply embedded in who I am, I can’t help but utilize elements of this timeless album when creating music. I wanna thank you all for reading about my favorite album of all time, and hope you find Coldplay’s A Rush of Blood to the Head as profound as I do.
$ATORI ZOOM Feels a Rush of Blood to the Head: $ATORI ZOOM’s ATTICA! album and “Tyson” single are out now.
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