Single Oceans, which even we’ve heard on the radio, opens this album and sets the tone. A massive, catchy chorus, a sunny day feel, slick and commercial — it’s entertaining and pleasing to listen to, even uplifting in places, but we’ve heard it all before. Even at 37 minutes there’s a bit of padding.
Name your safe band with a commercial sound and the comparisons are here, from Athlete to Iglu and Hartley, and more modern outfits such as Chvrches (though we thought the latter too bland — this is better). It’s all like Iglu and Hartley, come to think of it. As well as the various comparisons in Oceans, Wolves and Stay, A Rush Of Blood To The Head sounds like Coldplay, obviously.