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Parachutes Import

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  • 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 606 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.

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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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Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
The only thing more I could ask of this album is to have included a CD copy of the album as well. Many bands are doing this nowadays and it really ups the value of the album for me. Listening to it at home is great but I don't really have a turntable in my vehicle for those long work days.
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This is my favourite album by Coldplay, and to have it on vinyl is fantastic! The quality of the record itself is very good, and sound quality is crisp and clear. It even came with a short extra track on side B which was a nice little surprise. The only tiny thing that is slightly upsetting, is that the protective sleeve is made of paper, and not paper with a plastic coating inside. Because of this, there are already light vertical scratches from sliding the record in and out, after only a few uses. Overall though, I'm very pleased with this purchase, and would recommend it to any vinyl fanatic or collector, and those of course who love Coldplay and wish to experience their great music in an exciting new way.
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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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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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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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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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