Why Parachutes Is Still The Best Coldplay Album To Many Fans

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Seventeen years since its release in July 10, 2000, Coldplay’s debut album Parachutes remains a seminal record for both fans and music critics alike, and many would argue it is still the band’s best.

Most online polls, however, would suggest that their sophomore outing A Rush of Blood to the Head is the pinnacle of Coldplay’s success. This is because the band managed to skip the so-called “second-album curse,” declaring to the world that they were worth the hype and are here to stay. Plus, this sentiment is understandably buoyed up by the gut-wrenching ballad “The Scientist.”

But Parachutes is definitely the deal-maker. With singles “Yellow,” “Trouble,” and “Don’t Panic” instantly becoming hits in the airwaves and introducing the heartfelt writing of self-deprecating frontman Chris Martin, many critics were pleased. Oft-snob British magazine NME actually gave the album a shiny 9/10 rating, and it would eventually rank 73rd on Rolling Stone’s top 100 albums of the 2000s.

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But it’s not just the songs above that won for the album heaps of music awards and elevated it on any rock chart. Martin’s soulful rendering and honest lyrics likewise shine in tracks like “Everything’s Not Lost,” “Sparks,” “Spies,” and “We Never Change.” Coldplay’s solid, steady rhythm section complements the praiseworthy guitarwork: warm, anthemic, lilting and subdued when needed. Parachutes is easily the band’s most complete record, and none of the band’s offerings since is as defining of the Coldplay sound.

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