73. Coldplay – Parachutes (2000)
1. Don’t Panic
8. High Speed
9. We Never Change
10. Everything’s Not Lost
Who is/are Coldplay?
Their Wikipedia entry is a little verbose, and starts like this; “Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist and keyboardist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London (UCL). After they formed under the name Pectoralz, Guy Berryman joined the group as bassist and they changed their name to Starfish. Will Champion joined as drummer and backing vocalist, completing the lineup. Creative director Phil Harvey is often referred to as the fifth member by the band. The band renamed themselves “Coldplay” in 1998, before recording and releasing three EPs: ‘Safety‘ in 1998 and ‘Brothers & Sisters‘ and ‘The Blue Room‘ in 1999. ‘The Blue Room‘ was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone.”
My takeaway from that? “Coldplay are a British rock band.”
Why did you buy this album?
I didn’t. This was a gift from my sister, along with U2’s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind‘. One of those albums has been played considerably more than the other…
What’s it like?
This is where it all started for Coldplay. It’s inoffensive, melodic pop rock, with ambitions towards stadium rock. At the time it was released, it drew comparisons to ‘The Bends‘-era Radiohead, though as Radiohead had just released ‘Kid A‘, that may be wishful thinking by some critics rather than a considered judgement.
Either way, it was apparently a good enough album to be nominated for the 2000 Mercury Music Prize (losing to ‘The Hour of Bewilderbeast‘*), and won the Q Magazine Award for best album, Best British Album at the BRIT Awards, and a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.
After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?
I don’t feel anything for this album. It’s not good enough to make me sit up and enjoy listening to it, and it’s not bad enough to be thrown out of the nearest window. It’s essentially aural wallpaper. I can put it on, and get on with other things without really concentrating.
I may have just described Coldplay’s entire output…
Any stand-out tracks?
If pushed, I’d have to say ‘Yellow‘, ‘Shiver‘ and ‘Everything’s Not Lost‘. The rest are eminently forgettable.
Rating out of 10?
*Nitin Sawhney was robbed…