Tonight marks a special occasion for Filipino music fans as the British band Coldplay performs live for the very first time here in Manila as part of their A Head Full of Dreams tour. But while everyone can’t hold back their excitement anymore as we’re literally just a few hours away from this music extravaganza, perhaps it’s also a great time to look back where all the magic began for the British rock quartet. For this week’s album review, let’s revisit Coldplay’s debut full-length album that made many of us fall in love with their musicality for the very first time.
Admittedly, listening to Coldplay’s first full-length studio album Parachutes is such a bizarre experience right now considering that it’s been a while since the last time I listened to the album’s featured tracks, and of course, because the band is right here in Manila as I write this review.
For this album review, I listened to all the songs in the order they’re listed in the album. Contained in Parachutes, of course, are timeless Coldplay hits with the likes of “Don’t Panic,” “Shiver” and the undying “Yellow” which are three songs that are probably in people’s playlists up until today. I have to say these three songs perfectly embody the kind of musicality that Coldplay offers: pleasant, hypnotic, and transcendental. While Chris Martin and co. were seemingly influenced by U2, Dave Matthews, and Jeff Buckley, Coldplay was able to create a brand of music that is undeniably theirs thanks in large part to the tracks above.
Watch the music video of “Yellow” in the YouTube video below.
But although the aforementioned tracks are three of the most popular songs by Coldplay from this album, "Sparks” and “Trouble” are my personal favorites, at least at this point in my life (I started listening to Coldplay back in high school) because the two songs have a really calming feel and sound which are perfect at a moment when you sip a hot cup of coffee as you contemplate the meaning of life.
Watch the music video of “Trouble” in the YouTube video below.
As you tread the second half of the album – and that’s what it really feels like as you listen to Parachutes because of its calming effect on the listener – you encounter the tracks “Parachutes” which sounds like a song that you would play as you sit in a beachfront waiting for a sunset; “High Speed” and “We Never Change” which are songs that sound similar, but certainly won’t make me complain.
As for the last track “Everything’s Not Lost” segueing to the “hidden track” entitled “Life is for Living,” it’s simply a song full of optimism which makes it the perfect way to end the listening session, and helps you face the challenges the world has to offer once again.
In summation, I have to say that Parachutes deserves its name because the album is indeed a parachute of sorts, as the 10 tracks give you that much needed slowdown amid the fast-paced life all of us are living right now. If you’re someone who’s just been introduced to the music of Coldplay, this is an album that you should definitely listen to. And if you’re one of the many who was baptized by Parachutes into Coldplay fandom, I guarantee you that revisiting this album shall give you a more mature perspective on many things as you give each song a listen.
Listen to the album "Parachutes" below.
Which Coldplay song from "Parachutes" is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section!
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