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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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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.
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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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One good album from 2000s. Experimental, classic... One can expect some soothing moody stuff from it. Try their other works too!Published on Feb. 11 2014 by Tang T. Yu