Guest howyousawtheworld Posted February 25, 2011 Share Posted February 25, 2011 So after my thread on X&Y (which you can read here! http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=75719&page=5 ) I thought it'd be good to create a thread on their debut album! An album which many of you favourite and believe is their best even. I think otherwise though. Don't get me wrong. Parachutes is a stunning and incredibly mature album for a debut album by such a young band at the time. Without doubt the most mature I have listened to and easily one of the best debut albums of all time. I find a majestic simplistic beauty in so many of the songs from Parachutes. Don't Panic, Trouble and Spies are three of the best written songs Coldplay have written in my opinion. In fact it's probably Coldplay's most consistent album as it is very tough to absolutely pinpoint which songs are outright the best. Chris Martin's voice is beautifully clear and icy and the falsetto is put to great use throughout the record unlike in X&Y, particularly Fix You. Jonny Buckland for me is the star of the album with his delicate chiming guitar's which has made it his signature sound. It is an album of supreme quiet confidence! However I feel it doesn't come near to their best efforts of A Rush Of Blood To The Head and Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends. I don't think it constitutes being called their best album because it doesn't quite reach the melodic highs of X&Y, the attention and strictness of AROBTTH or the innovation and wide spread experimentation of VLVODAAHF. It's a very samey album. Production is similar on almost all tracks where the pace of songs remain slow making it relatively unspectacular in my opinion. It's not the most variable of albums. All the songs are pretty slow paced so the album hardly breaks out into a sweat. I would happily put it as their least impressive album comfortably sitting in 4th place! It deserves all the praise it gets but it doesn't come anywhere near to my favourite records. It's still an album of great importance though, displaying unbelievable potential from a band that hasn't only got bigger but better at the same time and that's the most important thing about it. It's an album I admire, but I don't love it. What about you guys? For those who see it as their favourite or their best what are the reasons for thinking so at the expense of their following 3 albums? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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