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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.

Top Track

Yellow
Look at the stars Look how they shine for you And everything you do Yeah, they were all yellow I came along I wrote a song for you And all the... See the rest of the song lyrics
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: 51 out of 56
  2. Negative: 3 out of 56
  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. 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 beOne 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. Expand
  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. 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" andThis 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. Expand
  6. 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 aHave 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. Expand
  7. Bi
    Jan 3, 2005
    0
    Over-rated!

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