The much awaited sophomore album “The Way It Was” from the men of Parachute, Will Anderson, Kit French, Nate McFarland, Alex Hargrave and Johnny Stubblefield, has finally been released on iTunes and Amazon, and there is no disappointment! This album, more mature than their first “Losing Sleep” has been in the making since their 2010 European tour with Kelly Clarkson, and it’s debut will only further the careers of this amazingly talented group.
With the success of “Losing Sleep” the band, who can be categorized as mixing rock with a smattering of blue-eyed soul, vintage R&B and power pop, was on the road most of 2009-2010, leaving the only writing time to be on the road. So when they say the songs “came to them” they really did. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Will, has said the major plus of this album is that they focused on each song individually, instead of piecing the songs together, and it shows; especially in my favorite song, “American Secrets” which once you listen to it, not only will you fall in love, but you’ll automatically picture it as the perfect song for a movie trailer. A personal favorite of the blue-eyed singer’s though? “Forever and Always” about undying love, literally, and “What I Know” which tells the story of finding out the girl has fallen for someone else.
“You And Me” which was released as a single last week showcases the brilliant strings, and “Kiss Me Slowly” which debuted last month, was co-written with the men of Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood. “Something To Believe In (Jeremiah)” debuted last December as a prelude to the Rose Bowl, and can be heard streaming on ESPN on a regular basis.
And if you want some edge, go ahead and play “Halfway” a few times, and soak up the opening lyrics “Well I know just what it is you want / The way you love and get enough / And then you move on.” For the heartbreak? “Philadelphia” will help with that. Especially the moving “We think that love is always watching / We learned that love is supposed to win / But sometimes it’s the demons / That are standing in the end.”
Last but not least, their opening number, “White Dress,” has been their opening at concerts since last October, and it does an amazing job as an opener. Gets you ready to go from the start, and for every girl out there, who doesn’t want to hear “That’s why I’m telling her / I want to love you more / Than all the things you wanted / Than all the things you’re not?” But boys….where’s “Square One?” I’ve been waiting for that all along! Deluxe edition maybe?
Download it on iTunes and you get a bonus track of “What I Know (Haunted House edition).” They’re also the free single of the week, with “What I Know” and last, but certainly, not least, you can see the boys this Thursday night on Jay Leno. Just in time to perk you up after the Grey’s Anatomy season finale with a possible MerDer split. See the boys live this summer when they’ll be on tour with the Goo Goo Dolls and Michelle Branch. Go to www.weareparachute.com to check dates and tickets!