Music: Solid Music For Softies

Coldplay makes wuss rock--excellent wuss rock

Few bands have taken as much abuse for what they are not as Coldplay. The British foursome sold 5 million copies of its very good first album, 2000's Parachutes, but was slagged on both sides of the Atlantic because its abstract, lovelorn pop was neither abstract enough to be Radiohead nor pop enough to be Oasis. This middle existence between the brains and the brawn of British rock led Alan McGee, the manager who discovered Oasis, to dismiss Coldplay as "music for bed wetters."

Coldplay's second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, finds the band plowing ahead with the...

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