Ingrid Michaelson, "Parachute"

81 Billboard Rating

Ingrid Michaelson follows her fourth album, 2009's "Everybody," with pop single "Parachute." However, instead of serving as a quick stopgap for Michaelson, the track offers a far different sound than the whimsical, slow-tempo style that her fans have grown accustomed to. The departure is evident as the song begins with a clapping kick-drum beat rather than acoustic guitar or piano. The singer's vocal power is still evident, but she rapidly weaves through the verses until crooning, "I don't need a parachute, baby, if I've got you," over heavy drums and a swinging horn section. As a smartly deployed stand-alone release, "Parachute" points to Michaelson's sense of adventurousness and hints at a defiantly new sound on her fifth album.

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