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Parachutes Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Nov. 7 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Toshiba EMI
  • ASIN: B0000508U6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (605 customer reviews)
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1. Don't Panic
2. Shiver
3. Spies
4. Sparks
5. Yellow
6. Trouble
7. Parachutes
8. High Speed
9. We Never Change
10. Everything's Not Lost

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debut album for UK indie act compared to Radiohead and Jeff Buckley.

Music doesn't come more touching than this. With their debut single alone, the emotion-fortified "Shiver," Coldplay prove they can shift between elated and crushed in a breath, as singer Chris Martin pours out music's oldest chestnut (unconditional yet unrequited love) with the shakiest of voices and a backdrop of epic guitars. For 10 tracks on Parachutes, he adds new-found meaning to the most tired and overused rock sentiments--love found, love lost, love unrequited--over acoustic guitars and emotionally fraught rock. And for once, all the clichés ring true because Chris Martin genuinely sounds like a man picking over the bones of his life, coming up with just as many reasons to be cheerful as seriously depressed. Not that Parachutes is a depressing album--there's too much conviction to the guitars and hope in Martin's words for that. Instead it's a beautifully tender balance that comes as close to perfection as anything that's come before it. --Dan Gennoe

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Delaney Mitchell on Jan. 16 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have to say that this CD is one of the best I've bought in a long time. I had only heard "Yellow" before buying it and thought to myself, "there is no way that any song on that disc can be better than 'Yellow'." Well my music loving friend, the entire CD kicks BUTT!!! It rules in every way conceivable. The individual that gave this album only 2 stars needs to reexamine his or her idea of good, original music. This album is melodious and touching, rocking at times, soothing and comforting at others. The lyrics are like none I've heard before. The singer's voice is all his own, no "sound-a-likes" here! I think I'm in love with the lead singer...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nasud on Dec 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD is moody. If you want really uplifting music, this isn't the best album to pick up. The musical talent displayed in this CD is amazing. They have great guitarists, an amazing drummer, especially on the track Trouble, and great vocals and piano, both done by Martin. Great CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dee on June 23 2004
Format: Audio CD
Don't Panic - This is a beautiful and mystical song. The guitar takes you to another world while the lyrics and Chris' voice really makes you look at the environment around you. 5/5
Shiver - A very sweet song filled with longing and heartache. Many could probably relate. 4/5
Spies - This song reminds me of rowing a boat across a foggy lake. Very deep lyrics. And almost scary. 5/5
Sparks - The sound is very dark and depressing though the lyrics are not. I like the guitars. 4/5
Yellow - A Coldplay classic. The most uplifting song on the album and a very beautiful love song. PERFECT 5/5
Trouble - Great song. Makes you pity Chris.4/5
Parachutes - Very short. Not much to say. 3/5
High Speed - Another sort of upbeat song. Pretty Good. 3/5
We Never Change - My fave song on the album. Some might say its a little dark but ithink this song might give others hope for the future. Don't ask me how. I could really relate to these lyrics. A very modest song and it makes you realize how little material things matter. 5/5
Everything's Not Lost - I don't particularly like this song but it's great to lift your spirits on a bad day. At the end you can't help but sing along. 4/5
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By Dave_42 on Jan. 22 2011
Format: Audio CD
Coldplay released "Parachutes" on July 10th of 2000. The mature sound makes it difficult to view it as a debut album, but when compared to their more recent efforts it does come up a bit short, and the band itself doesn't seem to care for the album. Despite that, there are several tracks which are fan favorites and it is certainly not a bad album. The lyrics are positive, and the music is a bit moody which has become the band's signature style. The album was almost completely produced by Ken Nelson, who gave the band the freedom to explore who they were. There is one track, "High Speed" which was produced by Chris Allison who was to be the producer on their first album, but the band wanted more control and a more cooperative environment between themselves and their producer so they made the switch to Nelson.

The album opens with "Don't Panic", which is a short piece, but which was released in some countries as the fourth single from the album. It provides a good opening for the album. The second track, and first single in the U.K. (2nd in the U.S.) is "Shiver" which shows the influence that Jeff Buckley had on Coldplay. "Spies" is next, a bit different sort of lyric and feel than most of their songs, but it still fits well. "Sparks" is the next track, a bit weaker than the other tracks, both lyrically and musically, it is still pleasant. "Yellow" closes the first half of the album. It is the second single in the U.K., and first in the U.S. from the album. The tune is catchy, though I find the lyrics rather weak. Nevertheless, the song remains one of the best known Coldplay pieces, and despite the lyrical weakness I still enjoy it.

"Trouble" is the start of the second half of the album.
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Format: Audio CD
I must admit, after hearing some of the great songs from A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD, I didn't totally warm up to PARACHUTES. The first time I listened to it, it seemed like a good freshman effort, but nothing more. RUSH seemed more ambitious and more memorable overall. And yet, after a while, PARACHUTES started to grow on me. Sure, all its songs are, in a way, love songs, but they are all done in a style that is totally and unmistakably Coldplay---certainly the yearning vocals of Chris Martin is not something you'll hear in other love songs. That, and the lyrics make an admirable attempt to be something much more than the usual "love song," to touch on things more universal than a man's unrequited love. From the line "We live in a beautiful world" in the opening song "Don't Panic" to the repeated impassioned cries of "Everything's Not Lost," this is music that touches the heart and soul in a way more pop-packaged, audience-friendly music hardly attempt to do.
Despite the fact that I gave 4 stars to A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD, I still believe it to be a better album that PARACHUTES, simply because its great songs---its first six tracks, especially---trump almost anything on this first effort of theirs. But PARACHUTES is admittedly more consistent in quality, and has some memorable songs of its own (my personal favorites are "Trouble" and "Everything's Not Lost," and of course almost everyone knows "Yellow"). As such, I believe it deserves the highest rating. May Coldplay continue to rock on with its unique musical style! Recommended.
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