Back in 2000, Coldplay were the new band on the block, with their second single ‘Yellow’ storming up to no. 4 in the UK chart, soon after, their full album ‘Parachutes’ debuted at No.1 in the UK.
Coldplay’s mainstream success and ability to write universally appealing songs hasn’t changed since they started, however the Coldplay of 2000 is quite a different one to now. We didn’t have the joy (or agony) of watching Chris Martin dance around in a weird hopping fashion, and they would be happy to rock up to a gig in their lazy Sunday clothing, other than their multi-coloured attire of today.
Their music has changed a lot too, you won’t hear any catchy pop hits like ‘Paradise’ or ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ on Parachutes. There’s more breathing space, with tracks like ‘Trouble’, ‘Spies’ and ‘Everything’s Not Lost’. The space gives an overall sense of melancholy, and leaves room for Jonny Buckland’s guitar parts to shine. Particularly in ’Spies’, helping to give atmosphere and glue the track together.
There’s a Jazz influence on ‘Sparks’ and ‘Everything’s Not Lost’, this is something we haven’t heard prominently on any other Coldplay album, and is a really nice addition, there’s also a Jeff Buckley style vocal performance on ‘Shiver’, and you can hear nods to Radiohead on ‘Spies’ and ‘High Speed’.
The production quality is brilliant on Parachutes, but importantly doesn’t feel overproduced, and still has a raw, organic feel to it. The simple instrumentation helps with that ‘raw’ sound, with predominantly just Bass, Drums, Guitar and Piano.
Many fans have been longing for a Parachutes esq album from Coldplay for way over a decade, I however think it would be a step backwards if they were churn out something similar. We already have a Parachutes, and it’s brilliant. This album marks the start of Coldplay’s reign as one of the biggest bands of the Noughties.
Favourite Song – Trouble
Hidden Gem – Everything’s Not Lost
Rating – 8.5/10
Owned on CD.