Brilliant Debut Albums #20

Coldplay – Parachutes

Let me start by saying that I am not a great Coldplay fan.  I mean, they are okay – I don’t dislike them, but they don’t wow me.  I did however buy the first 2 or 3 albums, starting with Parachutes (2000), which I really liked.  I felt that the album was very organic and mostly acoustic; as if it was almost an early run through of ideas rather than a finished product.  It received good reviews, and the single ‘Yellow’ went to number 4 in the charts.  But success brings many problems and the band seemed to both grow in stature and the music in complexity; they also appeared to start believing the hype that they were the best band in Britain for a while.  Anyway, I stopped buying them after a while – though I still really like this debut; a simpler, more honest Coldplay I feel.