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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: 58 out of 64
  2. Negative: 3 out of 64
  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. Jun 13, 2014
    10
    É um album explosivo, é muito forte para um debut, chega a ser impressionante que coldplay consegue fazer músicas com batidas tão calmas e nãoÉ um album explosivo, é muito forte para um debut, chega a ser impressionante que coldplay consegue fazer músicas com batidas tão calmas e não apelar para os palavrões e xingamentos,belissímas músicas e um ótimo album. 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. JonR
    Nov 19, 2005
    9
    A stunningly amazing album in its honesty and emotion. Lacking in the textural blur of Coldplays later two albums (thus far) but insted A stunningly amazing album in its honesty and emotion. Lacking in the textural blur of Coldplays later two albums (thus far) but insted relying on the ring of Buckland's guitar hooks and Martins vocals to creat engaging tunes. Shiver-Spies-Sparks are perfectly matched and fade gentaly down to the albums single, Yellow. The remainder of the album begins to indolge in noodling a bit more but still includes some notible hooks and choruses before finishing with "all is not lost" a beautiful sing along that the whole band seems to get swept up in. Definetly the best of Coldplay's albums, and probible that it will remain that way for years to come. Expand
  5. Jan 22, 2016
    9
    Up to the title track this album is a masterpiece but it wanes a little towards the end though the final track is redemption enough. Of courseUp to the title track this album is a masterpiece but it wanes a little towards the end though the final track is redemption enough. Of course we now know this was just the start and they've only got better with each subsequent record but I will always come back to their debut and enjoy it just as much each time and more likely even more so. The nostalgia value is priceless. Expand
  6. Nov 26, 2019
    8
    A wonderful debut album.
    Don't panic sets the tone from the first seconds.
    Everything's not Lost a beautiful closer. Let yourself get
    A wonderful debut album.
    Don't panic sets the tone from the first seconds.
    Everything's not Lost a beautiful closer.
    Let yourself get carried away in between and enjoy a beautiful album.
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  7. Bi
    Jan 3, 2005
    0
    Over-rated!

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