Album Review

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The past four years have been a massive rollercoaster ride for Paramore, they released their third studio album ‘Brand New Eyes’ back in 2009, the album catapulted them into super stardom which saw them embark on sold out Arena shows across the world as well as playing various different festivals across the world as headliners or sub’s, yet in 2010 Josh and Zac Farro departed Paramore and some unkind words were exchanged from all parties via different statements cropping up on the members respective websites whilst Paramore finished their touring schedule before slipping out of the public eye.

After a couple of years away from the music scene Paramore are back with their self titled forth studio album which has seen them go back to the drawing board and slightly reinvent their sound whilst unleashing an a solid 17 track album which features 3 interludes and runs for just over an hour.

The album opens with ‘Fast In My Car’ a scuzzy 90’s sounding garage rock track which sounds so different from the Paramore sound that everyone has come to love over the years, the song is a complete pleasure to listen to as the drums flow with a massive bang, the guitars come in thick and fast whilst Williams let’s rip with her vocals which are sounding more diverse than ever these days as she really shows off her vocals range through the near 4 minutes length of the track.

The first single to be released from the self titled album is ‘Now’ and it is a huge song with a massive rock edge, the lyrics are well written and has Williams singing “If there’s a future we want it no-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow” and “There’s a time and a place to die, and this ain’t it”, as the rest of the band rock out with rocking beats gracing the airwaves, with a huge set of drum beats closing the song in an huge way.

‘Grow Up’ is a brutally honest song which features Williams singing “Some of us have to grow up sometimes and so, If I have to i’m gonna leave you behind” in such a beautiful way, instrumentally the song is solid sounding and there are even some electronic synths thrown in towards the end for good measures.

After listening to the first three or four tracks on the album you start to realise that there is no structure to the album and that Paramore have created a truly diverse album where no two songs are the same as one minute you could be listening to the garage rock sounding ‘Fast In My Car’, the next you could be listening to the toned down sleepy sounding ‘Daydreaming’, then you could be listening to the interlude ‘Moving On’ which features Williams singing over the sounds of a ukulele and then you find yourself bopping along to gospel sounding ‘Ain’t it Fun’ before chanting-a-long to the punk sounding ‘Anklebiters’ and before you know it the album reaches its climax with the instrumentally epic ‘Future’.

I normally find that albums which feature more than 12 tracks are difficult to fully get into as there is just too much to digest yet with this self titled offering from Paramore it was a breeze to get into, admittedly the more you listen to the album the more enjoyment you get out of it as it is so different sounding from anything Paramore have done before and the songs have been placed together in a big mix match way which means as each and every track comes and goes you find your mind changing on what your favourite track on the album is and after listening to the album many times over myself I still can’t pick out an overall favourite track as something different stands out on each listen.

Despite the bumpy road Paramore have been on over the past couple of years they have come back more mature with a big experimental edge and it is safe to say that everything they have put into the self titled album has paid off as it is the most important and daring album of their career.


Review by Trigger

 Band Members

Hayley Williams
Jeremy Davis
Taylor York
 Track Listing
1. Fast in My Car
2. Now
3. Grow Up
4. Daydreaming
5. Interlude: Moving On
6. Ain't It Fun
7. Part II
8. Last Hope
9. Still into You
10. Anklebiters
11. Interlude: Holiday
12. Proof
13. Hate to See Your Heart Break
14. (One of Those) Crazy Girls
15. Interlude: I'm Not Angry Anymore
16. Be Alone
17. Future
 Band Related Links
Paramore Facebook
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?