Parachutes

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Barnes & Noble - Jem Aswad
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jem Aswad
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Wb / Parlophone
  • UPC: 067003016223
  • Catalog Number: 301629
  • Sales rank: 4,777

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Panic (2:16)
  2. 2 Shiver (4:59)
  3. 3 Spies (5:18)
  4. 4 Sparks (3:47)
  5. 5 Yellow (4:29)
  6. 6 Trouble (4:30)
  7. 7 Parachutes (0:46)
  8. 8 High Speed (4:14)
  9. 9 We Never Change (4:09)
  10. 10 Everything's Not Lost (7:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Coldplay Primary Artist
Chris Martin Vocals
Will Champion Drums, Group Member
Guy Berryman Bass, Group Member
Jon Buckland Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
George Marino Mastering
Ken Nelson Producer, Engineer
Mark Pythian Computer Consultant
Chris Allison Producer, Engineer
Phil Harvey Management
Coldplay Producer, Cover Photo
Chris Martin Composer
Will Champion Composer
Guy Berryman Composer
Jon Buckland Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Essential Coldplay!

    If you like Coldplay, or enjoy thoughtful, evocative lyrics with great music, you will like this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    *****I Definitely Saw Sparks*****

    I was listening to the radio one evening, when I heard the airy catchy tune of Coldplay's "Speed of Sound". I, of course, had never heard this song before, but I liked it right away. I then went online and found out that their third album "X&Y" wasn't coming out yet for awhile. I figured since I liked one song of them, I must like others! So i listened to "A Rush Of Blood To The Head", and the second I heard "Clocks" I was sold. I bought the album, wishing I had known about Coldplay so many years ago!!! Well, "X&Y" finally came out and I sang to its songs as well, forgeting that they had a very 1st album called "Parachutes". One day, my brain suddenly remembered, and I checked online again. After listening to a few songs, I knew that this was a must-have album, as it seems all of Coldplay's albums are. After finally buying their first album, I listened to every single song and was, well, my jaw dropped! They have so much raw energy put forth into EVERY song on EVERY album, and finally listening to all their album songs was AMAZING. "Parachutes" is an extremely cathcy album of songs with favourites like "Spies", "Yellow", and "Shiver" which sent a shiver through me!!!!! "Don't Panic" can make things like traffic seem beautiful! All in all, I deeply respect Coldplay and all they have accomplished. Thank You ~ Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin! *****Love yah Coldplay***** =Fair Trade=

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing and Beautiful

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love It

    What happened was..I bought A rush of blood to the head first and then I got Parachutes for Christmas. Well. I think that this is an amazing album. All the songs are GREAT and the lyrics are just amazing. A must have for your CD collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heaven in the form of Music

    Coldplay's "A Rush of Blood to the Head" is by far the most brilliant, breath-taking, deeply moving, artistic, soul-stirring album of all time. Chris Martin and the gang are pure genius. I became a fan when i first heard the song "Yellow." I knew this was going to be a band that would soon pave the way to a new fresh meaningful breed of music. Here are my favorites along with a brief description: #1 The Scientist- When I first heard this song, my mind immediately left my body and drifted into an earthly heaven. I suddenly felt calm and at peace. The piano ripped open the door to my soul and made it's presence known. I somehow feel that this song's one purpose is to help give meaning and direction to our lives. I have to admit though, it is very sad, yet soothingly redeeming. The tears just started rolling as Chris performed Ooohs towards the end. I still get teary eyed each time I listen. But they are more like tears of joy, because I have been touched with a sense of hope and love. #2 In My Place- This has got to be the twin brother of "Yellow." The chorus is the best part. Very enlightening song! #3 Green Eyes- Good lord, this is great stuff. Whenever I hear this song, it's like i'm inhaling fresh crisp cool air on a mountain top. It's quite hip, refreshing, and puts me in a great mood. #4 A Rush of Blood to the Head-Can they get any more brilliant? The Scientist took my soul. This one took everything else. #5 Clocks- I think Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart are all smiling from ear to ear. I know I am! Great SONG period. #6 Amsterdam- Pefect ending to a great album!!!! A soft and serene exit. No need to go out with a bang. The bang will be track 1 on the next album! Ok, so my favorites are 6 out of 11. Not bad. The other songs are good too! I just tend to flock more towards the sappier side of life. This album should be purchased by anyone who has 15 bucks in their pocket. And why hasnt Coldplay won the Nobel Prize yet? Chris Martin definitely has a beautiful mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love every track

    Really a rave review here...each track is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coldplay's Greatest Album

    Colplay displayed their talent in this album which got 5 stars. It was a great album with great songs like Don't Panic, Yellow, and Trouble.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome

    awsome cd, definitly worth buying *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coldplay Is The Best!!!

    Coldplay is such a great band, and I think that because their music is somewhat different than any other band that I has captured my attention. Most of all they are unique, and offer a picture of emotonal pain, and emotional happiness, and that makes coldplay so great. You can never get tired of this band, when you are in a mood that is dark and you feel under the weather, just pop in Coldplay and you will feel better in no time. This Album, is one of the best that I have seen, it is dark, rich and really breaths to life the human heart. It paints a picture of reality and fantasy. I love it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Debut Album of All Debut Albums

    Coldplay's debut gives the world hope that good music still exists, and that people care enough to pour their souls into music for the enjoyment of others. Chris Martin's lyrics and vocals are inspiring and depressing, hopeful yet doubtful, but most importantly,his lyrics contain such honesty and emotion that is truly unique to a singer in today's music. Most of the themes of his lyrics harken to a lost love, or express admiration towards a significant other, but yet they never get too sappy, cliche, or ridiculous. His cleverly fashioned rhyme schemes and uplifting vocals make you feel in love just listening to it. Although, Martin does use love as a major theme throughout the album, it does not become overbearing. The song "Spies", perhaps the album's most instrumental track sucessfully portrays a sense of paranoia to the listener. But this band is not just Chris Martin. Jon Buckland's guitar work is intuitive and subtle, but he is nontheless talented in capturing the emotion of the song. Along with Guy Berryman's intelligent usage of bass lines throughout the songs, and Will Champion's subtle drumming, the band gels exceptionally well. There is not one weak point on the entire album. Although, it is a short record, it leaves you begging for more. Every second of this album shows the heart and soul that Coldplay injected into their music. If every other piece of music recorded in the world was to be destroyed tomorrow, with only one album surviving, if Coldplay's "Parachutes" were to be that one, the music world wouldn't be too bad off. If you have a passion for quality music, which isn't manufactured and carbon-copied as it seems the majority of music is today, then this album gives you hope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    This is a marvelous album. Lovely melodies, beautiful lyrics...relaxing at times and often inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    parachutes

    full of fealing. simple,honest tunes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jake, 14 from Boise, ID

    This is probably one of or the best album I have heard in my life. Its so rhythmatic and sensual that it just relaxes you and puts you in ahh with its beautiful vibrations. In all i think that this album is one best that can be made. I expect much from this band in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coldplay is Hot Stuff

    Coming from a middle-aged California man, who went to college fueled by KROQ in the 80's... Coldplay is just plain killer. I've got a good track of picking winners. When I first heard U2's Boy, I suspected greatness. Saw Sting in The Who's Quadrophenia, and then caught the Police---and knew they'd be big. Coldplay's Parachutes has that essence of greatness. I'd love to see these guys surprise the world with a homerun follow-up album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The ultimate CD to relax to

    This CD is one of my favorite ones of the year. It is the perfect CD to listen to when you're in the mood to sit back and relax. The songs are catchy, but not in a pop-ish way. It's a definite must buy for anyone that wants a CD full of great music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Refreshing!

    There are few good new works coming out today. Parachutes is not only good, it's refreshing to hear truly emotional and creative compositions that push the musical envelope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    cold!!!!

    This is totally wicked album. My Girl friends do like it too when i played it in my car. Looking forward for new releases!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    This album is amazing, I've never felt so connected with a cd in my life! ''Trouble'' gives me goosebumps, it's that good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Divine!

    Hey you all, ignore the comparisons with travis & radiohead & just go buy this album - form your own opinion...i was mesmerised when i heard yellow & seeing all the comparisons with travis i went & bought the album...my opinion? This is as far off from travis as you can get...travis is a great band but i have to say they dont even come close to these guys! Heck i place this album in the top ten albums of all time...the lyrics are superb & the lead singers dreamy voice lends each & every track a raw genuine emotion that is so compelling, you go into a daze listenin to it...dont miss this, its BIG!

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