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Despite being nearly 14 years old now, the can be no doubting the importance of the album which launched Coldplay to international fame. Featuring, inspiring, maybe slightly relaxing songs such as Spies, and Don't Panic, the album slowly builds into something bigger. Like a story line, the album develops and reaches the climatic anthem of Yellow, which is perhaps one of their most famous songs. I am by now a Coldplay fan, having seen them twice, it is undoubtadely, along with Mylo Xylto some of their best music. Trouble is also one that sticks particularly in my mind as a song that I can forever play on repeat and never tire of.
If you are new to the band, then there can be no better place to start with than this album, X+Y features the aw inspiring Fix You song that you will soon want to add to your collection. But for now, this is a timeless classic, you need in your Itunes / CD collection.
It's tough to review an album that you have listened to for over a decade, as the songs are so ingrained in your soul that it is tricky to see them for what they are instead of the feelings they evoke inside of you. This is the case with Parachutes, the debut album from Coldplay, which I remember first hearing whilst working at my first Saturday Job, aged 16, and getting the words to 'Yellow' wrong as I sang along to the radio. It's also notable for being one of the first albums I had ever listened to every song on without skipping forward.
'Shiver' was the lead single for the album, said to have been written by front man, Chris Martin about a specific woman (possibly Natalie Imbruglia). Other reports suggest it was written as part of an advertising campaign for Daikin Air Conditioners, which is a less romantic genesis for the song. The song itself is a nice, slow romantic song that builds up with confidence as the lyrics continue. As a result of being released months before the album release, the song charted quite low at No. 35. It wasn't until their next release that Coldplay shifted into the spotlight.
'Yellow' was the second single released in the UK and immediately garnered public attention. It was the song that first introduced me to the band and it was played heavily over the summer of 2000. I remember thinking the song was called 'Yellow and Blue' due to mishearing one of the lyrics. As I said earlier, it is tough to review the song because I attribute so many memories of my teenage years to it. For me and many others, this was the soundtrack of my adolescence. The strong lyrics and repetitive use of the title in the song are what drive this song, with the fairly slow-paced and basic tune supporting them. Even now, this is probably the most recognisable Coldplay song.
'Trouble' was the third single release and does sound similar in style to Yellow, even using the repetitive use of the title in the song, with the lyrics taking centre-stage over the instruments. It is probably the similarities between this and the previous song that led to the common criticism of people complaining that all Coldplay songs sound the same. I personally feel that Trouble is a stronger and more emotive song than Yellow, but it charted lower than its predecessor in both the UK and US charts.
Other songs of note on the album are 'Don't Panic', which was released as a fourth single in some countries. I love the rhythm to this song and I always equate it to an eco-friendly message since watching the music video, where the band are caught up in rising tides and other natural disasters. My personal favourite is the 46-second 'Parachutes' which has only a few sentences of lyrics, but the tune is so hauntingly perfect. The final song of the album. 'Everything's Not Lost' (including the hidden track) has a nice upbeat conclusion that really helps raise the mood after the slow and reflective songs beforehand.
Oddly enough, Chris Martin and the rest of the band do not like the album and he was quoted as saying, 'We know that's terrible music and we always try to think about what we can do next', but due to the popularity of the songs from the album, they still play them at live performances. I would have to disagree with the band's dislike of their debut, as it is possibly the most listenable of all their albums with no dud tracks to skip past, although their next album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, is equally as fantastic.
This review originally appeared on my blog
It all started with Parachutes! Way back in the year 2000 a little known band fronted by Chris Martin launched this album to much acclaim. Tipped as one of the hottest acts of the year, tipped to make waves and on the back of a breakthrough single with Yellow, Coldplay released their debut album Parachutes gaining instant critical acclaim, instantly winning new fans and instantly moving the band into the limelight. Parachutes is one of the definitive albums not just of the 00's but of all time and is an essential record that must be part of any self-respecting record collection. Even if you do not like what Coldplay have become this is a band with pure creative genius at their best!
Coldplay use distinctive guitar tunings, irregular drum patterns, unusual song layouts and Martins strong vocals contribute to a stunning album with a sheer master class in song writing, a trance inducing beauty to music and a band at the start of a rise to fame and success that would lead to them becoming the biggest band in the world.
The bands biggest hit of this album was Yellow, a song every body knows, a live favourite, a jukebox ever present. It was the bands breakthrough single, a simple quaint indie pop track with soaring vocals, twanging guitars and a building chorus. Martin at his song writing best.
But the sheer simplicity of Trouble stands out as the best track for me. A small, subtle ballad with a haunting guitar riff, simple lyrics and Martin at his emotional best. Almost a song so good and plain the Beatles could have wrote it. Nothing fancy, just a man, a piano and a song. Fantastic!
Shiver shows the band at their more indie rock side, something we do not see so much nowadays with a persistent guitar riff running over the track and a drumming track that builds to a crescendo. Martins at his best vocally in this range and this is one song that stands out.
The album opener Don't Panic is more akin to Coldplay in latter years, not an obvious pop song but one that works in a chilled out sort of way whilst spies and sparks are pure indie classics with upbeat chorus, sing along anthems and swirling guitar beats. A good solid opener to a fantastic record.
And the class just oozes on with simple structured songs like We Never change and all finalises into a rousing finale with Everythings Not Lost. A perfect, anthemic, emotional and power packed album ending if ever I heard one.
Coldplay have such a knack for creating timeless, well structured tracks and Parachutes is them at their purest and best before the world of "biggest band" on the planet came knocking.
A truly fantastic indie British album!
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Despite this albums release being in 2000 before Coldplay had reached their peak of popularity. I still believe that this one of their best. It has a real rawness to it because of the lack of over worked vocals and use of instruments unlike many of their current tracks.
The first track on the album is "Don't Panic", originally called "Panic" when first previewed on the 1998 EP "The Blue Room". Following this release Coldplay re-worked the track to give it more of a commercial feel by adding more chords and editing some of the lyrics. These songs lyrics are about always finding that someone is there to help you, despite how troublesome you think the world is. Ironically it has a "sad" sort of melody but balances it with encouraging lyrics such as the chorus: "We live in a beautiful world."
The second track on the album is "Shiver". It has real emotion in the lyrics and the soothing tone of Chris Martin's voice married with heavy guitar really emphasizes this. The song is about being in love with someone and telling them that no matter what he will always be there for her. It is one of less "commercially" popular songs, but I replayed this several times and still love it as much as when I first heard it.
The third track is "Spies". This song has quite eerie qualities created by the guitar causing ripples of music, resounding throughout the song. This creates an echo that goes so well with the vocals. The lyrics talk about being paranoid when you're in a couple, about everyone being against you however there are interpretations where they are talking about LSD, or about communism, however I believe that the meaning of the lyrics can be openly interpreted in whichever way you wish because the songs atmosphere speaks for itself.
The fourth track is "Sparks". This is my favorite track on the album. It is one of the simpler songs, with just acoustic guitar and Chris Martin's vocals, but that is what makes it all the more intense. The lyrics are beautiful, describing the feelings for someone who he is in love with despite them moving on: "Yeah, I saw sparks".
The fifth track is "Yellow". A well known track that is commercially listened and played, considered to be one of Coldplay's classics. This song really showcases Chris Martin and Coldplay's talents because of the simplicity. Like all of Coldplay's classics the lyrics are beautiful, with examples like "Your skin, Oh yeah you're skin and bones, turn in to something beautiful, you know, you know I love you so."
The sixth track is "Trouble". Again, similarly to "Yellow", it is considered to be one of Coldplay's classics and understandably so. The lyrics demonstrate being in a troubled relationship, as if trapped however "never meant to do you harm." The soft vocals with the heavy guitar are a great combination.
The seventh track (if you can call it that) is "Parachutes". This "track" only last for 45 seconds however acts as a tender bridge between the previous and next track. The pure squeaking of the acoustic guitar is simply divine. One of the lyrics is:"I'll be loving you always, always" which I think speaks for itself.
The eighth track is "High Speed". This seems to have a very different feel to the rest of the album. It seems to have a more "aggressive" feel to it however at the same time it seems to be very passive and distant. Some people really love this track but I don't have much of an opinion on it.
The ninth track is "We Never Change." In comparison to the previous track it has very relaxing elements to it, but the quieter vocals and delicate playing of the guitar make it seem much more intimate. It is a very mellow track that if listened to in while being in complete silence, is eerily beautiful.
The tenth track is "Everything's Not Lost." This acts as a conclusion to the album, by combining sensitive vocals at the beginning of the song and gradually building up, by adding in other chords and instruments. This song lasts for around seven minutes so is fairly lengthy, due to the instrumental gaps between the verses. These lyrics are about not giving up: "If you ever feel neglected, if you feel that all is lost, I'll be counting up my demons, hoping everything's not lost." With a lasting message of "Come on, yeah, Everything's not lost." A perfect ending to a wonderful album.
There is a hidden track called "Life Is For Living" at the end of the previous track. It has a very raw feel to it, by the accordion and acoustic guitar. It is also recorded in a lower quality than previous tracks on the album. Nevertheless it is beautiful and lasts for just under two minutes with expressing "I never meant to hurt you, or stand in your way." The lyrics speak for themselves along with the emotive instrumental backing.
In conclusion, Coldplay's lyric relevance to everyday human life and there simplicity is what has appealed to fans to this day.
This album, I believe is one of their best, because it really strips them down and shows the rawness of their talent. Each song is heartfelt and can be listened to separately or the whole way through as an album, which you soothe your soul and enlighten your spirits.
Before the fame around the world and before their front man Chris Martin married a movie star Coldplay released their debut album Parachutes. What first brought the band to my attention was their massive single Yellow which remains a popular track amongst many even though the back catalogue has grown considerably since its release. I warmed to this band because although I like music from many genres I do particularly favour guitar led alternative or indie bands. Coldplay at the time reminded me of groups like Travis and Starsailor and fitted in with my love of bands like Oasis, Shed Seven and the Stereophonics.
The group have to this date released 4 studio albums of which I like all of them and yet I would say that their first record is more different to the other three than the other three are to each other if that makes sense. Parachutes is raw in that the tracks seem very stripped down and really reflect that this is music being made by a young hungry, emotional and idealistic bunch of guys. They have been in the public eye for roughly ten years now and it seems to have become cool to trash them, this is especially apparent on the show Never Mind the Buzzcocks , now I wouldn't say that I was a diehard fan of this band to the end, I just don't know why so many people have to jump on the bandwagon, I think it must be because they have no mind of their own. I can't tell you how much I love Family Guy, I think it is amazingly clever and extremely funny but I have seen the odd joke at the bands expense on that show also. I think they might get this attention because they are not known like some rock groups to lead a hedonistic lifestyle involving women, drugs and alcohol to excess and also because Chris Martin comes across as quite idealistic and a bit of a do-gooder like Sting or Bono and U2 are given a bit of heat for now.
There are ten songs on this album, eleven if you include a hidden one at the end. Compared to later albums many of the songs on this record are slow paced and I think the guitar levels are a lot more apparent. The first track Don't Panic comes across as really simple with a great acoustic guitar introduction and during this song the lyric that stands out amazingly so is "We live in a beautiful world". The soaring guitar during the instrumental of this tune also really makes you take notice and like many compositions by this group if you put it on during a moment of sadness or a dark time you will no doubt be inspired that life is not as bad as you first thought.
Shiver and Trouble were two singles released and although I can appreciate them both melodically and lyrically they don't really do a lot for me as they are both quite slow and steady tunes and never seem to really get going. Having said that the piano parts of Trouble are pleasant and demonstrate Martin's commitment in the future to feature this instrument prominently in their best loved work, or I get that impression anyway.
Yellow as I mentioned previously is when people really sat up and took notice of them and even to this day I can't think of another track they have released that is similar in style to it. I can see the video vividly of Chris Martin fresh faced walking down a windswept beach singing to someone the things he would do for them even to the point of "bleeding himself dry". This song lead to people wanting to know the meaning of what "and it was all yellow meant" and I am sure I still don't know or if even the band themselves know. This tune is fast paced with a great introduction and guitars are all over it creating an unforgettable rhythm, probably would have been a lot of fans favourites from Parachutes if not for the finally listed track.
High Speed and We Never Change are good songs, I particularly like High Speed which has encouraging inspiring lyrics as it builds to its climax. Possibly though the best loved tune on this album is Everything's Not Lost which is officially the last track and is similar in length and meaning to Champagne Supernova on What's the Story Morning Glory by Oasis. I defy you to listen to this track when you feel down and not be completely uplifted by the lyrics, the hook of the piano and the way the whole thing leads to a crescendo. I have lost count of the times I have watched the bands performance of this at Glastonbury a few years back on Youtube, everything about it, the adlibbed lyrics from Martin along with the crowd's reaction and the gorgeous looping of the main piano instrumental makes it wonderfully tremendous. This tune really makes me wish I could play the piano. Finally the bonus track life is for living is a great little tune and seems to contain a lovely accordion and the lyrics are obviously pleading with a girl to spend her life with him, it sounds like a slowed down version of the type of song you would hear in a beer hall or festival.
This is where it all started and although I don't love every track on this album I do really appreciate two or three and have listened to them over and over again and will do no doubt many times more. They get an awful lot of criticism but if you need to listen to a song to help you mend your broken heart or just to remind you that you can do more with your life then all Coldplay albums are the ticket including this debut. Remember, everything's not lost!
It's hard to believe that it's almost a decade since Coldplay released this their debut album, and what a good album it is.
The opening track is the very melodic "Don't Panic". I heard this song many times before I knew the title and assumed it was called "we live in a beautiful world" because that is the main lyric that runs throughout the song. It's a shame the track is so short at around 2 mins 16 seconds as it is one of the best songs here.
Next up is the more uptempo "Shiver" which was the first chart success, albeit minor, reaching number 35 in the UK singles chart. This lasts just under five minutes and is a hint of what we have come to know and love about Coldplay in more recent times.
"Spies" is a good song and is even better live whilst "Sparks" is a more melodic ballad. This one is a bit dull in my opinion.
"Yellow" comes next and is the track that really brought the band to the publics attention. It is an outstanding song that more or less everyone must know. I still class this as one of their best songs even now.
"Trouble" was the follow up single to "Yellow" and it would have been a travesty if it had flopped. Thankfully it didn't, reaching the Top 10 like its predecessor. Contains memorable lyrics about being tangled up in a spider's web.
The title track is not really a track, it lasts around 45 seconds and is more of a link between "Trouble" and "High Speed". The latter relates to the lyrics and not the pace of the song.
"We Never Change" is a very soulful and slow song. It gives Chris Martin a good opportunity to show off his strong vocal talents. The opening reminds me a little of "Wires" by Athlete, I wonder if they took any inspiration from Coldplay.
To close the album we have "Everything's Not Lost" and it isn't. This is also one of the best tracks. Starts out like something you might hear late evening in a piano bar or music club. It bursts into life halfway through and is also a good live track. You think the track is over at the five and a half minute mark but keep listening as there is an extra minute or so of music tagged on afterwards.
This album is great if you want something to relax or chill out with. The lyrics are very strong although a little on the dark side. They certainly won't make you want to dance.
The overall album length is just under 42 minutes so it's not too long. The booklet is very basic with a few photos and no lyrics.
Coldplay - Parachutes (2000)
Producer: Coldplay, Ken Nelson, Chris Allison
We Never Change
Everything's Not Lost
Coldplay started to take form back in 1996 at the University College London, when Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland decided to start a band. They would later be joined by bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion, and after several name changes they settled on Coldplay.
From 1998-1999 Coldplay released three EPs, the final being entitled The Blue Room and was released on the label Parlophone, with which they had struck up a five album contract. In 1999 they set about recording their debut album, Parachutes.
It's pretty easy to describe how Coldplay sound on Parachutes. Primarily they come across as your typical alternative rock band with lashings of indie throw in for good measure, but what tends to help them stand out from the crowd is Chris Martin's accomplished vocals and his myriad of influences. The most obvious candidate is Bono from U2, but Martin doesn't simply ape his style, but rather successfully recreates his own interpretation.
The other point worth mentioning about this debut is that the band has a real knack for creating memorable riffs and decent vocal hooks.
Don't Panic gets things off to a start and is a little over 2 minutes long. To be honest I wouldn't want it to last any longer, because while it is an adequate opening track, it is rather unremarkable. Don't Panic had originally appeared on their EP The Blue Room, albeit recorded in a different manner. I think this is also the track on which Martin sounds most like Bono, especially when he attempts some soaring vocal work at the 25 second mark.
Shiver is the second song on the album and the first single to be released from Parachutes. The guitar work is very memorable and Martin's vocals rocket along; some of his best on the album. There'd be better songs to come but it is a fine way to continue as of yet.
One of the strongest songs comes in the form of Spies. Martin sings in a higher register and a glittering guitar piece creates the effect of sinking in the watery depths, as he sings, "..And the spies came out of the water..."
The acoustic fronted Sparks is ever so tender and is one of the best ballads on the album, probably my favourite song from the first half of Parachutes. It plays down its Jeff Buckley influences and instead becomes a shining example of the singer-songwriter genre in its own right. Martin pens some really lovely lyrics too, which are well worth checking out.
You've probably heard of the well known indie classic Yellow before, so I won't spend too much time on it. The dreamy and yet down to earth lyrics are what make the song. Martin sings in the way that only he can as he pleads with his lover, "For you... I'd bleed myself dry..."
It has to be said that the quality of the second half of the album sags a little, but not incredibly so. Trouble was the third single to be released from Parachutes and it reached number 10 in the UK singles chart. It is introduced and then subsequently bridged by the same repetitive piano refrain which sticks with you long after the album ends.
The title-track is entirely pointless. Only a lone acoustic guitar can be heard and it has a running time of 47 seconds. It just appears out of nowhere then disappears like a fart in the wind. I mean, if you're going to try something different at least give it a chance to reach a point of fruition. Man, this just stinks!
High Speed had originally appeared on The Blue Room and is the worst song on the album, or at least out of those which have a reasonable running time. It sticks pretty close to the formula which made some of the earlier songs a success, but for whatever reasons it lacks a great deal of their charm. The lyrics are some of Martin's worst, they come across all preachy and make me want to throw a proverbial punch at his face.
We Never Change is essentially Sparks version II, but still remains a favourite of mine. The gentle acoustics are well worth hearing and it is probably the purest singer-songwriter moment on the entire album. It actually sounds more like a solo Chris Martin venture than a full endeavour on Coldplay's part. Whatever it is, I like it a lot.
Everything's Not Lost is a truly rotten piece of music. The piano work is entirely forgettable and Martin sings in such a flat and tedious manner that I want to curse Gwyneth for marrying the man. After such a good debut why would you have to go and spoil it at the end? The song isn't so much unpleasant as it is unsatisfying.
All in all, Parachutes is a very fine debut album. Any casual music fan probably owe it to themselves to make a purchase and there is more than enough here to recommend it to the more discerning fan of music.
The best thing about Parachutes is that for the most part it is extremely consistent.
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Parachutes By Coldplay was released in 2000. The band are a London based indie band. They have been compared to bands like Radiohead and on listening to this album you can understand why, although they aren't as heavy. The music on this album is filled with sweet harmonies, mixied with distorted guitar riffs and percussion. The songs are accousticy and light and generally have a really easy listening feel to them. Chris Martins voice is really gravelly and warm but at the same time achieves a melodic and tuneful quality. It really is lovely to listen to and something about it completely convinces you of his sincere and heartfelt sentiments.
Lyrically, this album is really lovely. Chris Martin (frontman) uses great imagery that is edgy and loaded with intent. It has a simultanious punchy and romantic nature. The songs are really recognizeable and extremely catchy. Coldplay keep their songs simple and honest with resounding philosphies that stay in your head long after the cd is over. It is no surprise therefore that in the 2000, Parachutes achieved a Mercury Prize nomination.
When I first heard this album, I really didn't like it, although I still believe the above statements to be true. I still dont like this album nearly as much as the X&Y and A Rush of Blood to the Head albums. So in the whole reportoire of Coldplay's I wouldn't recommend this album above the others but I would definitely recommend it if you have never heard their music and would like to try them out.
Coldplay are now a massive band and one of the biggest in the UK, however this is this first album they released in 2000, and was the one that shot them into the limelight they now are in.
The first song off the album, don't panic is a really good song for their first, of their first album. It is very well written, both lyrically and instrumentally and the arrangement of the song is good apart from the chorus seems to jump in a bit out of blue. However I really like the instrumental bit in the middle.
Spies starts off in a very strange way for a coldplay some, and when it gets going it only has Chris singing and acoustic guitar playing but it is quite nice to hear as he does have a really good voice. This isn't my favourite song off the album but when it gets going it is a good song.
Yellow is perhaps one of cold plays most well known songs to date and it is my favourite off this album by far, its one of their more rockier songs, as most of their songs are quite tame but this has some good guitar in it as well as being quite calm and has great singing too.
Trouble is another great song off this album, it has a really nice opening piano part and has again some fantastic singing. I'm not very keep on the verses how they don't really have any instruments behind it. However when it gets going and the instruments come in a bit more it turns into a great song.
1. Don't Panic
8. High Speed
9. We Never Change
10. Everything's Not Lost
This was cold plays first album together as a band, every song off here was pretty good and most capable of being singles, and most was, it was clear to see from this first album the boys would go far, and they certainly did that.
Parachutes is the first album released by the group Coldplay, one of the most successful bands in the world today. The album was a massive success worldwide, and some of it's songs are still played on the radio regularly today, even though the album came out in 2000.
This album sounds very different to Coldplay's latest albums, I would say it is more raw, you can certainly hear their future potential in alot of the songs. Well knows hits from this album include Shiver, Yellow, Trouble and Don't Panic. Yellow is the song that got Coldplay recognised by most fans and propelled them into the spotlight.
Other songs on this album are well worth a listen too. Spies is a very spooky sounding track, High Speed was apparently inspired by a washing machine and Everything's Not Lost is a great sing-a-long track at some of Coldplay's previous concerts.
The song Sparks is quite well known too because it appears in the Blockbuster movie, Wedding Crashers. Apparently, Coldplay are re-rehearsing this song for the possibility of it being played in future concerts.
If you like Coldplay at all, this album is a must!
Being a fan of Coldplay (mainly thanks to "Green Eyes") I just had to snap this bargain up when I saw it for £2.98 in the Amazon.co.uk January 2009 sale.
The album is fairly short with only 10 songs but below I will rate each song individually and rate it out of 10.
Don't Panic: This is a great start to the album and the lyrics are little strange to begin with but then they go on to be nostalgic and talk about living in a beautiful world etc. Chris Martin's voice is fantastic and it's really shown straight away with this song. 8/10
Shiver: I adore this song, the guitaring is absolutely amazing and it makes the hairs on my neck stand on end, its just such an amazing song and even better when listened to as loud as possible. The song is very emotional and filled with passion, singing about always being by your side and waiting in line just to see if you care. This song features on Guitaro Hero too which is partly why I adore it so much as I just love the music and playing the guitar piece myself on the XBox 360. 9/10
Spies: This has a slightly haunting beginning and then the guitar starts very slowly and quietly at first. Chris' voice breaks in and the lyrics are literally singing about spies coming out of the water. I love the guitar in the background on this song and Chris hits some pretty high notes which just shows you his future potential! 8/10
Sparks: This song is quite soppy and slow to begin with. I adore this song so much. It's such a soulful song and one I love to sing along with. You can really be carried away with the song. The lyrics question whether someone has been driven away and promises of always looking out for that person. It's an emotional song and Chris' voice is perfectly complimented by the music, especially the guitar. I could listen to this song over and over again and often do when I play this album. 8/10
Yellow: This song is fairly well known now and the video is fantastic. One I remember watching so many times when we first had Sky in our house (perhaps thats the reason why I'm such a fan!) the lyrics don't make the most sense but they're great to sing and a lot of people will already know the words of this song! Its talking about the stars shining for someone, and writing a song for that person. Then it gets a little strange referring to skin and bones turning in to something beautiful but I think the lyrics are great and love to croon along with this song as well as tapping my feet to the terribly catchy rhythm of the song. 9/10
Trouble: This song has a very slow and soothing piano start, then the drums appear and followed on by Chris' voice this song is perfect. It's singing about making trouble and regretting things that have been said and done. This was released as a single and did pretty well if I recall correctly. 7/10
Parachutes: This song is actually only 46 seconds long and isn't really anything spectacular. It's just singing about loving somebody and being in love, it's got nice lyrics though and is a nice interlude in the album. It ends a little upbruptly for my liking but is followed by well by the next song. 6/10
High Speed: This song kicks straight in immediately after Parachutes and is a nice relaxing vibe. After a couple of minutes of listening to this song it gets a little repetitive but Chris sings beautifully and that definitely saves the song from the scrapheap! 6/10
We Never Change: This song continues with the relaxing feel of the end of the album and Chris is singing about how he wants to live life and I feel like this song was wrote for somebody in particular (maybe Gwyneth Paltrow? Not sure if they were together then!) it's very easy to listen to and once again Chris shows off his vocal skills to excellent heights. 7/10
Everything's Not Lost: This is a great ending to the album, fantastic lyrics, fantastic music, Chris sounds fantastic! This talks about counting up your demons and everything not being lost if you can just drive the bad things from your mind. This song is by far the longest on the album at 7 minutes 15 seconds, I don't feel bored of this song but anymore and I might possibly change my mind! 7/10
This album was released in 2000 and several of the songs have been released including Yellow, Shiver and Trouble.
The album length is just over 40 minutes which is a shame as some more songs always help you get value for your money but it's also not long enough that you'd get bored and most people could listen to this in the time it takes to get to work and back!
The booklet that comes with the album doesn't not contain any lyrics which is a little disappointing but it does have a few photographs and a little part at the end telling you about who worked on the album etc.
I was introduced to this album by my brother shortly after it came out. I had vaguely heard of Coldplay, but didn't really consider buying the album. After one listening I was absolutely hooked.
We all know that they have become one of the largest bands on the planet but I think even on this album you can tell they have a really distinct and original sound.
Eventhough this album is now over eight years old I regularly play it on my i-pod and is still probably my favourite Coldplay album, though Viva la Vida is starting to come close.
Every track on this album is fantastic and could have been released as a single in its own right, obviously most will be aware of Trouble and Yellow - which is certainly included in my top ten favourite songs. However it is the strength of the remaining tracks that make this album so strong, the vocals on "spies " are absolutely haunting.
The tracks are not over produced and so you get a very raw and true sound - you get the opportunity to hear skillful guitar playing and the strength of Chris Martin's singing.
If perhaps you have "got into" Coldplay in their later years do go back and visit this album - it is not a weak first album and I was worried for a while that I had already heard the best that Coldplay could offer, but viva la vida has let me see there is still a lot left in Coldplay
Coldplay burst onto the scene with their debut album, but was the hype over the top. Yes and No. Unfortunately as with most british bands they get built up into making ground breaking albums which truly do not deliver and coldplay was no exception.
Don't get me wrong Parachutes is a nice album but is it worth the critical acclaim showered upon it by the British press. In one word, No. Especially not be american indie rock standards. There are some very good tracks on there like Shiver, Yellow and Trouble but also a lot of filler tracks where the same effort has not put into them.
Coldplay's no frills approach doesn't struggle with pretense, however instead it aims for the heart and to create a relationship with the listener, I apologize if that sounds daft. It's not too difficult to tune into Coldplay's work, but this is not always a good thing.
I'm a die hard Coldplay fan, but do prefer them a bit quicker than this album!! Yes it's an excellent debut album but when I compare it to the others it's too slow for me. The great iconic "Yellow" is on here as well as "Trouble". It's another album that everyone should have in their collection or at least have listened to.
I feel as though I am treading osnto a frozen lake as I write this review
Coldplay are, like it or not, one of the modern world's musical giants. "How did this happen?" I have often wondered. "Was it just the right time for their sound?" Perhaps a more cynical mind would suggest that it's purely promotion, publicity and hours and hours of airplay. But the British music scene of the late 90s did, for me at least, have a certain cold, mellow and reflective feel to it. I'm thinking of acts like Travis, Elbow, Stereophonics (maybe not so much them?) and Turin Brakes - all writing beautiful, but rather sorrowful stuff.
"Parachutes" hit the shelves in 2000 and rapidly became one of the most talked about and celebrated albums of the year. "Yellow" seemed to be played on loop in my local radio station. The lyrics (which in my opinion don't feel excessively deep) used to be discussed at great length - was this perhaps some clever retelling of the life of Jesus Christ? "I jumped across, I jumped across for you" With it's simple 4 chord (with a wonderous extra F sharp minor seventh whacked in at the end) and sing-a-long chorus, this became something of an open-mic anthem (though many singers couldn't manage Chris Martin's flawless falsetto in the chorus!)
"Trouble" was another heavy hit for the band, with it's haunting, minor piano intro and repeating lyrical themes - "I'm caught", "I twist and turn" and "They spun a web for me". I remember my skin tingling when I first heard it.
Enough on the singles though.
I see that many, many people before me have written (generally) glowing reviews of this album. If it's ok, I'll chip in my two cents as well. I'd like to begin by recommending "Shiver" to you if you've never heard it before. It's in six=eight, moves along with a real kick and has some of the finest lyrics I've ever heard "From the moment I wake, to the moment I sleep, I'll be there by your side, just you try and stop me". It's sung with such passion you can hear Martin's vocal chords straining to express the emotion. A powerful sentiment behind the song and one of their more "rocky" numbers.
The song "Parachutes" itself may be short, but it's 45 seconds of bliss. Gentle acoustic guitar as Martin softly sings "In a haze, a stormy haze, I'll be round and I'll be loving you always... always". It makes me shiver just to write it.
"Everything's Not Lost" feels like the band listened to all the preceeding tracks and realised they needed something with a little more "lift" in it. This final track (discounting the hidden track) is a wonderful, bluesy number with an impressive chorus and some really phat blues chords - check out those diminished sevenths flung in! Great to sing-a-long with and leaves you feeling good... perhaps everything ain't so bad after all.
I would whole heartedly recommend this album to any music fan - good songwriting and emotionally engaging. It's quieter than Coldplay's later work - more tender and constructed with a humble sense of beauty. No electronic synths to spoil the acoustic feel and some really meaningful lyrics. If you haven't aready, pick it up for a fiver. These days, you can probably find it for even less.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Don't Panic
8 High Speed
9 We Never Change
10 Everything's Not Lost