Top critical review
on 23 January 2011
Coldplay released "Parachutes" on July 10th of 2000. The mature sound makes it difficult to view it as a debut album, but when compared to their more recent efforts it does come up a bit short, and the band itself doesn't seem to care for the album. Despite that, there are several tracks which are fan favorites and it is certainly not a bad album. The lyrics are positive, and the music is a bit moody which has become the band's signature style. The album was almost completely produced by Ken Nelson, who gave the band the freedom to explore who they were. There is one track, "High Speed" which was produced by Chris Allison who was to be the producer on their first album, but the band wanted more control and a more cooperative environment between themselves and their producer so they made the switch to Nelson.
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.
"Trouble" is the start of the second half of the album. The third single from the album, and a moving piece about doing things you regret to those you love. The title track is next, and at 46 seconds this is by far the shortest piece on the album and an unusual choice to pick for the title song. "High Speed" is next, a song about trust and confidence in the person with whom you are having a relationship. "We Never Change" is a song about how we often don't take the best path in life, even when we know what it is, because we are who we are. "Everything's Not Lost" is the last track on the album, but there is a hidden piece called "Life is for Living" which is at the end of the 7+ minute track.
Coldplay consists of Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin, who are credited with all the songs on the album. "Parachutes" is a good album, but there isn't as much diversity on it as I would like, and they are more adventurous on later albums. I would give this CD around 3½ stars, but I am rounding down in this case because I think it is slightly closer to 3 than 4 stars.