These albums are heart and soul to me, these albums changed my way of thinking, it changed my way of listening to music, it changed the way I felt, it changed me completely. A lot of these albums were all about life lessons. I'm a big believer of experience as I expressed on my first entry. I always found myself listening to albums or songs that revolved around my feelings. The music, lyrics and the overall feel of the songs were me basically going to counseling all the time. It was a type of release in my mind I had going on after a hardcore music session. That is how serious music and someone else's words meant to me from the beginning of my childhood.
Now, I have 25 albums I'll be blogging about and they aren't in any specific order.
A Rush Of Blood To The Head
I always think it's better to listen and when I mean listen, I mean REALLY listen to an album when you're completely alone. I think the music speaks to you differently when you're alone. At least for me, I felt spoken to after listening to this album. I felt like I was in a dream in every song. I remember exactly what I was doing when I first played this album. I was in that room alone all night repeating the album over and over again.
This was Coldplay's second album and personally their best. The first song that everyone fell in love with was "Clocks" -I'm pretty sure of it, it was all over the radio and it was an instant Coldplay classic. That song put me in a psychedelic dream which I never wanted to wake up from. From that point on my goal was to search for more and more songs like this. One thing I will always say is I researched my music like a crazy person, finding new music was my goal everyday and when I did so I felt like I found gold. When I didn't I would hardly sleep until I found something worth my interest.
I think every song had meaning to me, I went through phases where a specific song would talk to me and it had deep meaning. The song that still to this day speaks to me and often at times makes me cry is "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face"
One thing I will say is that when I talk about a songs meaning I'm speaking specifically what it says to me. That is what music is to me, everyone has different minds, different feels, and different views. Take my meanings with a grain of salt, love it or hate it this is me.
The main thing I think about listening to this song is grace. I think this song describes us perfectly as humans. We all collapse, we all fail, and we aren't perfect but we have grace and we have meaning.
"Where do we go nobody knows?
I've gotta say I'm on my way down
God give me style and give me grace
God put a smile upon my face."
I think the lyrics say it all mostly. This albums sounds like heaven, some songs will haunt you and some will enlighten you. I will say that a lot of Coldplay's older stuff has the best detailed sounds I have heard. The smallest beat can make the difference and they do a fabulous job doing so in this album. That's honestly one of the reasons I love this album, the beats make this album for me, his voice has such a echoing, haunting and lingering tone. This album is easily on a lot of "greatest albums of all time" lists. So it's safe to say that you should listen to it if you haven't already.
My top 5 songs off this album are:
1) God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
2) A Rush Of Blood To The Head
5) A Whisper
Take some time when you're alone and listen to this goodness.
Tell me what you think- tell me why you love it or hate it. What do you feel when you close your eyes and feel every beat to this song? What do you feel when Chris Martin is singing his heart away during the chorus?