Way It Was

The Way It Was

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by Parachute
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2011
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0602527625911
catalogNumber:
001529202
Rank:
42282

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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
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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