Parachutes - Coldplay
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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 153 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 153

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  1. Sep 21, 2013
    10
    Parachutes is a very impressive and strong debut album for Coldplay. Every track is excellent but among the most noteworthy is Yellow, Trouble, Shiver, and Don't Panic. Parachutes set the incredible standard that Coldplay has kept over a decade later.
  2. Aug 24, 2013
    10
    Quite simply perfect in a quiet, understated, romanitc, haunting way. So evocative and personal that it can't help but affect you. Coldplay was never better than in this stunning first album.
  3. Sep 27, 2012
    5
    the thing here is that they need more room for their safe genre out there....the basic thing would be producing more songs like Trouble and Yellow......Some of their strength to prove out they are and will be best....good but not good as their second and best A Rush Of Blood To The Head
  4. Sep 8, 2012
    8
    Have you ever heard the phrase "simplicity over complexity?". Well this album is a perfect example. You wake up and drink your coffee at a raining morning as you listen to Parachutes. The melody of the soft acoustic ballads enter smoothly at your ears making the moment remarkable. Solid album, definitely.
  5. Feb 14, 2012
    10
    Coldplay is down right good. You cant deny it. at least ONE of their songs you must like, from clocks to princess of china. This album is a great intro to the band's experimental feel. if you like acoustic guitar then you will like this album. I dont know if i would say this is their BEST album but its better than the last two albums.
  6. Nov 16, 2011
    9
    A great debut full of top class lo fi indie songs from a band that would go onto become stadium rock giants. Every song on this is quality while the singles Shiver, Yellow and Trouble are timeless in my opinion. The best thing about this album is it shows how good Coldplay are without all the smoke and mirrors. There later albums have so much production that the songs often don't get the credit they deserve, whereas on Parachutes less production is definitely more. Expand
  7. Oct 28, 2011
    10
    One of the most powerful debut albums of all time, Parachutes is now an absolute classic. The songs pulse with heart and soul. You'll be amazed from start to finish.
  8. Oct 28, 2011
    9
    This album is so mellow that it almost goes overboard but all of it's songs are at least good and songs like "Sparks", "Trouble", "Spies" and "Yellow" make this album great.
  9. Sep 13, 2011
    9
    Great album my favorite album so far! best songs: Sparks Yellow Shiver Don't Panic
  10. Aug 6, 2011
    8
    A fantastic debut album by well-known brit rock band Coldplay. Yes, it sounds a little like the first era Radiohead (as they seem to prepher to do electronics I don't see anything wrong about it) but it also has some classic Coldplay songs like Trouble or Yellow. Another very good song is Sparks. A few others aren't that good but, as a whole, the album is great.
  11. Apr 17, 2011
    10
    Coldplay's first album and easily their best work. The first eight tracks are superb... just chill out and listen to their creation. One of my Top 10 favorite albums to listen to.
  12. Dec 30, 2010
    9
    As far as debut albums go, this is a shining example of one. If this is your type of music, then I can't really think of anything to let you down here. It's good to go back to now the band have become as big as they have, to hear them with less production money and ego behind them.
  13. Aug 29, 2010
    9
    Fine little syinthesis. Lyrically not very strong, but the level of consistency is so high that it's almost impossible for a debut album. Recommended tracks: "Don't Panic", "Spies", "Trouble"
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Although "Parachutes" brings nothing new to the table, Coldplay seems talented enough to transcend this early identity crisis.
  2. Combining bits of distorted guitar riffs and swishing percussion, Parachutes is a delightful introduction and also quickly indicates the reason why this album earned Coldplay a Mercury Music Prize nomination in fall 2000.
  3. Their debut album's secret arsenal comprises frontman Chris Martin's voice - prematurely aged for someone in their early twenties - and some supple, persuasive melodies. That and a great big side order of melancholy.