Coldplay quickly became one-hit wonder sweethearts in the States with the success of their single "Yellow." Their 2000 self-titled debut, Parachutes, was charming yet innocent, and the U.K. four-piece experienced whirlwind praise like Travis did the year prior. A spot on Saturday Night Live and two U.S. tours followed in early 2001, but rumors of individual egoism and jealously plagued the band among the press. Still, the critics loved them. Trouble: Norwegian Live celebrated Coldplay's sweet indie pop presence; this import EP captures the band's seamless performance at the Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway, and showcases how young the band really is. Frontman Chris Martin is playful with the audience, laughing and talking to them in between songs like "Sparks." Gentle acoustics are the attraction, and tracks such as "Trouble" and "Shiver" provide a dark and mysterious vibe. Coldplay is brawny with theatrical wordplay while maintaining a basic stance in a live show. "Everything's Not Lost" rings nearly six minutes, but accolades from the audience compliment the band nicely. And Trouble: Norwegian Live is merely an enjoyable addition for any massive Coldplay fan, but stick to Parachutes for the fundamentals.
AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson