Coldplay

God Put a Smile Upon Your Face

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As if 2002 wasn't monumental enough for Coldplay with the success of their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, 2003 was equally amazing thanks to singles like "The Scientist" and "Clocks" and the band's live CD/DVD set. To continue on in its classic modest fashion, the band released the God Put a Smile Upon Your Face EP just weeks after Live 2003. Coldplay enthusiasts should be pleased with this British import of B-sides and rarities, but for total completists, this EP matches the Japanese version of Clocks with the exception of the title track. If "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" hasn't been on repeat play already, listening to this little gem is worthy enough to merit such an effort. Other highlights include the juicy pop number "Crests of Waves" and the haunting live version of "Yellow," which was specially recorded in December 2001 and broadcast on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. "Murder" and "Animals" are traditional Coldplay tracks, for they combine the lilting sentiments of Parachutes and the raw conscience of A Rush of Blood to the Head. Another standout release from the London foursome. [Videos for "Clocks" and "In My Place" are also included.]

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