A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
Coldplay is one of those groups who follows what I’ll call “the inverse popularity ratio,” where as they have become more and more commercially successful, I have found their music less and less interesting. (Sorry everybody, I don’t get the “Viva La Vida” love.) “Clocks,” from their sophomore album, is probably their most definitively shining musical moment (followed closely by “Trouble”). The song itself is ridiculously simple, composed primarily of a repeated piano arpeggio with a chorus that is mostly just harmonized “ooh”s, but it’s that very simplicity that makes it so compelling.
Also check out: “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane, a sort of Coldplay Jr.