67 Parachutes by Coldplay 2000
Alan McGee once famously described them as "bedwetters", they have turned into the band that music critics and trendy bands seem to love to hate , often held up as what is all wrong in music today. All for deciding to make melodic piano driven pop songs with chiming guitars.
I love the debut lp , before all the stadiums , festivals, celebrity wives, guest appearances and Eno. It has a really crisp sound and you can almost feel the uncertainty of the band feeling their way towards.
The debut single didn't really hint at what was to come
It was the release of Yellow when people seemed to sit up and take note , helped with the simple but effective video
Compare the band form teh first clip and the see how the song has grown with them. If asked at the time I would have said they were the least likely stadium band going.
My favourite track is the single Don't Panic , less than 3 mins of a perfect bit of melody
You've almost certainly already made up your mind about Coldplay and Chris Martin's do gooder persona does sometime make it difficult to like them , but listen back to the debut and judge it on their own merits. I do wonder what kind of music they would have made if the follow up had bombed rather than propelling them to bigger and bigger things. They still make great songs , but gone is the personal touch and that sense of uncertainty that weaves its way through Parachutes