Coldplay, Brothers And Sisters

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Brothers and Sisters EP, the three-track disc that landed Coldplay on a major label for their celebrated 2000 debut album Parachutes, is a remarkably confident effort for a band merely a year old. The songwriting predicts what was to come — singer Chris Martin's falsetto on "Easy to Please" anticipates the resigned melancholy of the stellar "Trouble" from Parachutes — even if the arrangements doggedly remain in the footprints of Jeff Buckley's Grace and Radiohead's The Bends.

The English superstars’ powerful ennui debuted with this 2000 EP.

At the very least, Brothers and Sisters establishes that Martin's hand-wringing ennui is hardly fame or Gwyneth's doing; even on "Only Superstition," he guardedly warbles of fates he "can't escape." Had Coldplay included these three tracks on either Parachutes or A Rush of Blood to the Head, it's extremely likely that all would have been hits. The title track in particular would benefit from the piano-driven shuffles of "Clocks" and "The Scientist," especially when paired with Martin's testy vocal phrasings, already present here. Whether your interest is musical or anthropological, this early document won't disappoint.