Parachutes

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Universal acclaim- based on 267 Ratings

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  • Summary: The debut album from the London quartet earned the band a Mercury Music Prize nomination and frequent comparisons to Jeff Buckley and Travis.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. All told, it's incredible this is a debut album. Accomplished, yet subtle, it works perfectly as a whole in a way all the production skills in the world couldn't replicate.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    This is dreamy, regretful pop with melodies that dog you like a missed opportunity. [11/17/2000, p.127]
  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.
  4. Revolver
    70
    Nearly perfectly formed, a confident showing of pristine, heartfelt songs that stand up alone and gain greater strength in the context of the full album, which ebbs and flows in a great purge of emotions. [#3, p.120]
  5. Once you fall for "Yellow," the rest of the album will kick in, and fast.
  6. Although "Parachutes" brings nothing new to the table, Coldplay seems talented enough to transcend this early identity crisis.
  7. Magnet
    20
    Musically, the quartet is borderline worthless. [#48, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 53
  2. Negative: 3 out of 53
  1. AMRTOW
    Apr 3, 2008
    10
    One of the most romantic albums I have heard. i loved Spies, Easy to Please, Trouble and Beautiful World.
  2. MihaiV.
    Jun 12, 2007
    10
    Still sounds fresh today.
  3. Sep 14, 2014
    10
    This is one of the best record of the decade. After this, Coldplay had never sound the same again. They were real and true to their projectThis is one of the best record of the decade. After this, Coldplay had never sound the same again. They were real and true to their project the rest are good records but not like this one. Some of the others you cannot fell their essence i admit they are evolving. Expand
  4. Jenna
    Jun 11, 2006
    9
    Who would have thought that these ten simple songs would act as the launching pad to send Chris and co. to the sonic stratosphere of pop in Who would have thought that these ten simple songs would act as the launching pad to send Chris and co. to the sonic stratosphere of pop in 2005/2006? Regardless, contained in these ten simple songs are moments of bliss (Shiver, Yellow), rue (Trouble) and just pure loveliness (the succint title track). Why am I not granting it a 10? Perhaps for Chris' rather childish lyrics or for the far-too-slow pacing near the end (particulary in We Never Change). No matter, Parachutes is damn near ethereal in its melodies and mood. And as the reviewer below me has stated----it's Coldplay, how can you hate?? Expand
  5. May 1, 2014
    9
    Coldplay, with Parachutes, created a very strong album with a satisfying acoustic oriented album. Coldplay shook the musical world with thisColdplay, with Parachutes, created a very strong album with a satisfying acoustic oriented album. Coldplay shook the musical world with this album, and wrote meaningful songs. Now upbeat, and somewhat dark, Parachutes is an album that leaves you wanting to listen to it more. Expand
  6. Oct 14, 2014
    8
    I love the chilling quaintness of the entire thing. The guitar chords are great, especially on Spies, which reminds me of James Bond. It'sI love the chilling quaintness of the entire thing. The guitar chords are great, especially on Spies, which reminds me of James Bond. It's great that there are only a few real climaxes, and the rest builds up slowly to those. It's a pretty genius record. Favorite track: Spies Expand
  7. Bi
    Jan 3, 2005
    0
    Over-rated!

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