" is a song written and recorded by English alternative rock
. British record producer Ken Nelson
and Coldplay produced the track for their debut album Parachutes
. Vocalist Chris Martin
admitted that "Shiver" was written for a specific woman, from whom the media has generated several speculations. The song contains influences attributed to American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley
, whom Coldplay's early influences were drawn from.
The song was released as the album's lead single
in the United Kingdom, and second in the United States following the hit single "Yellow
". Initially a commercial disaster, it was later re-released in 2001. The single has reached number 35 on the UK Singles Chart
, and its critical reception has been generally positive.
Production and composition
"Shiver" was written two years before its release. Accordingly, Martin wrote the song while thinking of Australian singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia
, the woman he was linked to, but later denied it. Some accounts have claimed, however, that Imbruglia was indeed not Martin's inspiration in writing the song. Instead, he appeared to have been inspired with girlfriends in his teenage days and early 20s. Martin actually wrote the song in a "glum" day, when he felt he would never find the right woman for him. He described it as something of a "stalking song", admitting he wrote it for a... Read More