The Way It Was

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
You don't get much more commercial than Parachute, whose second album distills every nook and cranny of Top 40 radio into a nine-song track list. There's blue-eyed soul, adult contemporary, heartland rock & roll, and a handful of pop ballads. There are guitars and gospel choirs, harmonies and Hammond organ, saxophones and strings. Everything sounds vaguely familiar, but that's because it's supposed to; Parachute don't want to rewrite the rulebook as much as master the rules themselves. They come close with The Way It Was, turning "Something to Believe In" into a latter-day Kings of Leon anthem and pitching songs like "Forever and Always," about a girl whose fiancé ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
You don't get much more commercial than Parachute, whose second album distills every nook and cranny of Top 40 radio into a nine-song track list. There's blue-eyed soul, adult contemporary, heartland rock & roll, and a handful of pop ballads. There are guitars and gospel choirs, harmonies and Hammond organ, saxophones and strings. Everything sounds vaguely familiar, but that's because it's supposed to; Parachute don't want to rewrite the rulebook as much as master the rules themselves. They come close with The Way It Was, turning "Something to Believe In" into a latter-day Kings of Leon anthem and pitching songs like "Forever and Always," about a girl whose fiancé winds up in the hospital, directly at their female audience. Written during tours with the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Plain White T's, The Way It Was is an album that recognizes the power of a good pop hook, and there are loads of them here, from the crooning melodies of Will Anderson to the chiming guitar lines of Nate McFarland, who sounds as though he's spent significant time with the U2 songbook. Still in their early to mid-twenties, these guys are learning how to make a big, bombastic sound that doesn't collapse due its own ambition -- and while they don't always get it right (worst lyric of the album: "Smelled the truth in her hair/Felt the world at my feet"), the hits outweigh the misses. Tired of the mainstream? Avoid this album. Looking for a stylish reboot of the Goo Goo Dolls sound? You're in the right place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602527625911
  • Catalog Number: 001529202
  • Sales rank: 5,106

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 White Dress (3:35)
  2. 2 You and Me (3:36)
  3. 3 Something To Believe In (4:43)
  4. 4 Forever and Always (4:08)
  5. 5 What I Know (4:13)
  6. 6 American Secrets (6:18)
  7. 7 Kiss Me Slowly (3:55)
  8. 8 Halfway (3:10)
  9. 9 Philadelphia (7:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Parachute Primary Artist
Keith Allen Choir, Chorus
Richard Dodd Cello
John Fields Guitar, Keyboards
David Daughtry Choir, Chorus
Ken Chastain Percussion
Stephen Lu Conductor, Keyboards
Peter Jacobson Cello
Eric Gorfain Violin
Daphne Chen Violin
Cammie Knight Choir, Chorus
Caroline Buckman Viola
Angie Fisher Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Camille Grigsby Choir, Chorus
Lauren Chipman Viola
Mabvuto Carpenter Choir, Chorus
Radu Pieptea Violin
Will Anderson Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Alex Hargrave Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Nate McFarland Guitar, Vocals
Wes Precourt Violin
Lawrence Young Choir, Chorus
Johnny Stubblefield Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Kit French Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Group Member
Erika Dowd Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Robin Evans Engineer
John Fields Programming, Producer, Engineer
Charles Kelly Composer
Dave McNair Mastering
Steven Miller Engineer
Ken Chastain Programming
Stephen Lu String Arrangements
Dave Haywood Composer
Bruce Flohr Management
Paul Resta Marketing
Carol Corless Package Production
Todd Russell Art Direction
Will Anderson Composer
Kristen Yiengst Photo Coordination
Andrew Genger Management
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