Parachutes

Parachutes

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by Coldplay
     
 

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At first blush, this shy, introspective London-based quartet don't seem poised to be one of England's biggest sensations for 2K -- but they are. Parachutes, their first outing, entered the British charts at No. 1, ousting Eminem, and it vied for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize for Best British Album (losing to another hot debut, from Badly Drawn Boy). It's

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At first blush, this shy, introspective London-based quartet don't seem poised to be one of England's biggest sensations for 2K -- but they are. Parachutes, their first outing, entered the British charts at No. 1, ousting Eminem, and it vied for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize for Best British Album (losing to another hot debut, from Badly Drawn Boy). It's a little surprising that such a calm, albeit emotionally dense, album has caused such a stir. The young group's meditative rock often sounds like a cross between Travis, Jeff Buckley, and Bends-era Radiohead on mood stabilizers. But Coldplay never approach those bands' intensity or hysteria: Chris Martin's voice occasionally flips into a Buckely-esque falsetto, but his tone is always serene, and the tempos seldom step above a canter. On the first single, "Yellow," for example, over a slow drum beat and a shimmering mesh of acoustic and electric guitars, Martin's pleading vocals gently nudge the song forward to a dramatic, if restrained, conclusion. Although Parachutes isn't the sort of album to throw on at your next kegger, the songs have a melodic strength and quiet beauty that belies the group's youth and elevates Coldplay to "one to watch" status.

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The London foursome Coldplay were early critics' darlings in their native U.K., showcasing melodic pop on a slew of EP releases and constant live shows just after the spark of the new millennium. Not as heavy as Radiohead or snobbish as Oasis, Coldplay were revealed on Parachutes as a band of young musicians still honing their sweet harmonies. Combining bits of distorted guitar riffs and swishing percussion, Parachutes was a delightful introduction and also quickly indicated the reason why this album earned Coldplay a Mercury Music Prize nomination in fall 2000. Frontman Chris Martin's lyrical wordplay is feminist in the manner of Geneva's Andrew Montgomery, but far more withered. The imagery captured on Parachutes is exquisitely dark and artistically abrasive, and the entire composition is tractable thanks to gauzy acoustics and airy percussion. Coldplay's indie rock inclinations are also obvious, especially on songs such as "Don't Panic" and "Shiver," but it's the dream pop soundscapes captured on "High Speed" and "We Never Change" that illustrate the band's dynamic passion. This basic pop was surely a refreshing effort in the face of big productions like the Spice Girls and Westlife. Parachutes deserved the accolades it received because it followed the general rule when introducing decent pop songs: keep the emotion genuine and real. And Coldplay did that without hesitation.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
Wb / Parlophone
UPC:
0067003016223
catalogNumber:
301629
Rank:
617

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Parachutes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
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This is a marvelous album. Lovely melodies, beautiful lyrics...relaxing at times and often inspiring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD as soon as I heard the song ''Yellow'' on MTV2. The CD was so great that I had to see them live in Chicago last year when they came to tour in America. I can't wait until there next album. Pick this one up if you haven't already!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard the song ''Yellow'' I was just stunned. I had to go out and buy this CD right away! My far the prettiest, most uncynical and honest love song I've ever heard. The rest of the CD is also amazing - especially ''Shiver'' and ''Everything's Not Lost''. They sound a little like Radiohead or Travis, but they are very different, in my opinion. They set a different mood entirely. Mostly themes of unrequited love and hope. I'd say combine the Counting Crows and Dave Matthews Band and make them British, and you're close to what they sound like. I have the feeling this band is going to get very popular in the US.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is beautiful and melodic, a must listen. To me this band has extreme potential. Their lush atmospheric songs remind me of Verve back on ''Storm in Heaven'' the album needs to be run back to front. The entire album has a beautiful texture that cant be beat. Lo
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album for people who don't need the content spoon fed to them. Yes they are ''influenced'' by Radiohead and Travis, but they are not some cheap rip off. First of all they take what bands have done before them and make it their own. You will be hard prassed to find any band that hasn't been influenced by somebody or any band who can make the influences sound so good. The other thing is Travis and Radiohead are great bands and being influenced by them beats being influenced by whatever is fueling America's music scene today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard the song Yellow I thought it was Dave Matthews Band (who I am not very fond of) because of the singers voice. I some how felt very attached to the song and knew I had to find out who it was. Every time I listen to it I pick out something new, it's amazing. I picked up the album and I love it even more. Even though most of their songs seem like desperate cries to plead their love, they are really songs that consider the hope of what could be. The lyrics and melodies are very memorable. My favorite song at the moment is... Trouble. I've never felt such emotion since U2's song, One. I just suggest picking up this CD, don't expect it to be good or bad, something will grow onto you from it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Parachutes' is one of the best albums I've ever listened to, even though I'm mostly a heavy metal fan. The lead singer is extremely talented and he lends a very human, yet unusual touch to the very finely crafted songs. I would recommend this album to anyone who loves good music. It's just wonderful and I cannot say enough good stuff about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Contrary to what some critics have said, this is a fantastic album from a band with its own original sound. Each track is different, yet all hold an underlying soothing theme. Unlike other albums, you won't find only one or two songs you like and hate the rest. The entire album is interesting and has a flow that allows you to listen from beginning to end without jumping around. If you are looking for an album to relax to and enjoy, then Coldplay's Parachutes is the one for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No need to be wordy...Beautiful, Melodic, Soothing....Must listen
Balanced11 More than 1 year ago
If you like Coldplay, or enjoy thoughtful, evocative lyrics with great music, you will like this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you will come to the same conclusion with me if you just listen to their songs for a second!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is more to Coldplay than ''Yellow.''This very impressive debut has excellent lyrics and wonderfully melodic tunes. The only problem with the album is that it has the Elliot Smith, Gin Blossoms, and Toad of the Wet Sprocket disease. The main symptom consists of many of the songs sounding generally the same. A bit frustrating, but with the songs being so good it can be overlooked. The key to their great sound...lead singer's voice. Amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
some good songs but the frontman doesnt carry the look or emotion that the songs need. im not saying he needs to jim morrison, but the vidios just make the music seem week. frontmen of bands seem like there embaresed to be playing. or like they`ve been draged there to play. look like you enjoy it mate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't give out 5 stars very often. I really like this album- it mixes well when I play it before my Radiohead album and after my Travis album because they all go along the same line. But I was really hoping they would just rock out on a song or two, and they didn't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that the whole cd is worth every penny spent. my favorite is ''yellow'' and i can not get enough of it. buy it today - coldplay is the new up coming group-no doubt. don't miss out on what could soon be great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first bought A Rush of Blood to the Head after hearing the Scientist. THen I got Parachutes. THis album is amazing. THe lyrics are written so beautifully. Fav. songs on this CD: High Speed, Don't Panic, Yellow
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rumors had it that Coldplay was another Travis, and so I was hesitant in picking this album up since I wasn't a big fan of the latter band. However, Coldplay was also being compared to Radiohead, and, being the Radiohead fanatic that I am, I bought it. I'm glad that I did! Personally, I think they're far better than Travis. I wouldn't go as far as putting them on the same level with Radiohead though. However, between Kid A and Parachutes, I have to go with Parachutes. Coldplay's songs are very emotionally-charged and well-written. To top it off, the lead singer's voice has a uniqueness to it that works. Bottomline...great album!!! Pick it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really a rave review here...each track is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coldplay's Parachutes is an astonishingly beautiful record. It's destined to be one of the most talked about records of the year and thank god I found out about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't Panic and yellow seem to be the only songs on this CD that the lead singer doesn't seem to be high on crack. His voice is always out of tune, and it goes up and then back down and so on. Not only that, but it seems as if there's only one instrument going at a time. Boring. If you like dull music, then this CD for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album ROCKS!!!!! beautiful lyrics and music as good as Dave matthews!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Colplay is never disapointing. Actually I first discovered Colplay in A Rush Of Blood To The Head, but didn't think much at first. But then I recently bought X&Y, then Parachutes. So I am a little late with things... But I totally love them now.