Parachute is definitely one of those underrated bands that surprisingly has some pretty good music. Sure, the songs that tend to become hits are their lovey dovey tunes like “She (Is Love)” and “Kiss Me Slowly,” but if that’s their niche, it’s good to stick with it. In their third full length album, Overnight, it’s clear that they’re playing their niche to their advantage and, honestly, it’s not bad. Lead singer Will Anderson has that sweet, lovestruck voice that just makes girls want to swoon and this album succeeds in doing that (no shame).
While no band likes to admit who their musical influences are for an album or track, there are some very subtle (and sometimes quite obvious) similarities to other famous pop-rock bands – and even a famous boy-bander-turned-solo-artist – weaved into their songs (while still being themselves, of course). The opening track “Meant to Be” has a very peppy, guitar-driven Train-like feel while their first released single “Can’t Help” channels new-school One Republic. “Didn’t See It Coming” is quite clearly almost exactly like Andy Grammer‘s 2011 hit “Keep Your Head Up,” while “The Only One” is a pop-rock version of Justin Timberlake‘s “Mirrors,” and it’s definitely hard to not picture Adam Levine of Maroon 5 crooning to the closing track “Higher.”
However, Overnight still channels old-school Parachute in tracks like “The Other Side,” “Waiting for That Call,” and “Disappear,” especially since they’re very heavily influenced by the piano (their instrumental staple). Their current single “Hurricane” sounds like it could be a continuation of 2009’s Losing Sleep track “The Mess I Made.” Anderson sings his heart out about the regret he feels after giving up on a relationship that might have possibly been ‘the right one’ all along, and how he goes back and forth with himself on whether we wants to take the chance to win her back. The title track is practically the opposite in that it pretty much screams the question ‘Why am I dwelling on my heartbreak when I should be moving on?’ in an upbeat, anthem-like package. And “Drive You Home” is literally the cutest, perfect-for-after-the-first-date song ever.
Overnight is a lot more radio-friendly than the band’s two previous albums and I wouldn’t be surprised if its songs will be played on soft-rock stations. It’s a great blend of old-school originality and experimentation with other artists’ instrumental styles, and it really does showcase a sort-of storyline from puppy love to heartbreak all in the time span of 13 songs. Overall, a solid third album for Parachute.