Parachute aims for glossy pop-rock on their third effort
Although the Charlottesville, Virginia band Parachute has proven before to be a lover of the bad-ass rifin’ (see “Back Again”), Overnight places them in the crossover league as Maroon 5 while focusing a bit more on the adult alternative agenda. “Meant to Be” jams like “Payphone,” while “Can’t Help” plays like a delicious Hall & Oates throwback. Tracks like “Didn’t See It Coming” would sneak easily into the world of Fitz & the Tantrums. Lead singer Will Anderson approaches “Drive You Home” with the familiar confidence of Train’s Pat Monahan. “Hurricane,” a slight detour from the retro pop-soul regimen, uses sparse drumming and borrows The Script’s “Breakeven” as its melodic fantasy. When the band revs up like a real rock band, they reach their peak on the title cut, which contains a quasi-Police drumming and long guitar chords as its choice of gimmick. But Parachute hardly breaks from the mold of conventional safety. When they pull out ballads like “The Other Side,” Parachute falls into the sleepy abyss of John Mayer balladry. The aforementioned cut does include a smidgen of the melody of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” but isn’t swept up by a mass of grandeur. Somewhere between Coldplay and Maroon 5 sits Parachute, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. They still sound like they are in the middle of the pack, trying to decide if they want to break out into the pop mainstream or settle for indie blue-eyed soul. They may very well get that with “Can’t Help” and “Didn’t See You Coming.” It’s a slightly different sound for them, but it’s still quite appetizing and good enough to tease the public.