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Parachute’s 2011 sophomore long-player The Way It Was succeeds at offering a little something for everyone. The album’s first cut “White Dress” plays like a fast-driving American version of Coldplay with a more explosive chorus before echoing Kings Of Leon’s Southern-tinged formula on the “Something to Believe In.” The power ballad “Forever and Always” wraps a sentimental Kelly Clarkson-esque narrative (involving an engaged couple) inside the melody. The uplifting “American Secrets” even taps into the small-town sentiment of those heartland hymns cranked out of Music City — all it needs is a pedal steel mixed in to get airplay on Contemporary Country radio stations. “Philadelphia” ends with some blue-eyed-soul flirtations.


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Parachute took root in the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, where the group honed its mix of pop/rock, funk, and contemporary blue-eyed soul under their original name Sparky's Flaw. Formed by high school students Will Anderson (vocals, guitar), Johnny Stubblefield (drums), Christopher "Kit" French (saxophone, keyboards), Alex Hargrave (bass), and Nate McFarland (guitar), Sparky's Flaw generated a healthy buzz around town and eventually became popular at the nearby University of Virginia,...
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