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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 31.19 x 31.39 x 0.79 cm; 394.06 Grams
- Manufacturer : WEA/FUELED BY RAMEN
- Item Model Number : 534463
- Original Release Date : 2013
- Run time : 1 hour and 4 minutes
- Label : WEA/FUELED BY RAMEN
- ASIN : B00B2TUF62
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 18,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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When Hayley Williams began writing lyrics for the songs that appear on Paramore's self-titled album, she found herself feeling more optimistic than ever before about the future of the band she has fronted since she was 15. "I had this kind of Tony-in-West-Side-Story-moment when he sings about how something is coming. He doesn't know what it is, but it's going to be great, " she says with a laugh. "A lot of the new songs came out of that. They're about needing to find whatever's next. "
Lead-off single "Now" - with lyrics like "if there's a future, we want it now" - sets the urgent tone of Paramore, the Nashville, Tennessee-bred band's fourth album. Given the choice of packing it in or reinventing themselves as a trio, Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and bassist Jeremy Davis chose the latter and made a positive, uplifting album that reflects who they are in the present. "I'm really proud of the fact that this is not an angry Paramore album, " Williams says. Adds Davis: "It's a lot happier and brighter album than people might expect given what's happened. We've wanted to write songs like this for so long, but weren't there emotionally. Now we are. "
The band members holed up to write over a year and a half and emerged with a collection of songs that retains Paramore's youthful spirit, but clearly shows their evolution. It's the most musically adventurous set they've released to date. Which isn't to say the album won't thrill longtime fans. Still present is a ferocious, churning energy (a hallmark of Paramore's sound) on "Now, " "Fast In My Car, " "Proof, " "Anklebiters, " and "Be Alone. " But the album should also earn Paramore new listeners, thanks to the trio's willingness to explore uncharted sonic territory, like the funky, high-stepping "Ain't It Fun" (featuring soulful vocals from Williams, slap-bass from Davis, and the soaring sound of a gospel choir), the doo wop-inflected " (One of Those) Crazy Girls, " and the lilting, string-filled "Hate To See Your Heart Break. " "People obviously give Hayley credit for being an amazing singer, but I don't think they really understand how versatile she is and how much her voice can do, " York says. "You really hear different sides of her on this album. "
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Much of the lyrics speak to a middle finger in the direction of old band mates and others that got left in the dust. I don't find joy in confrontation but it's cool there seems conviction in the message behind most songs, more from the heart and less from the pop formula computer generated mold.
I'm kinda addicted to this album, have watched the iTunes Festival concert of theirs now four (4) times knowing it'll jump off air at month's end.
I wish the band all the success in the world. I think it's cool that such a pretty girl with so much talent has ALSO had the desire and tenacity to find the means to get herself out on that stage to show off what she's made of. So rare. So special.
The songs are full of good ideas and interesting, punchy production, topped by some great vocals from lead singer Hayley Williams.
Nothing not to like here. Buy it.
Upon purchase, I recommend the tracks: Now, Fast In My Car, Still Into You, Daydreaming, Anklebiters, (One of Those) Crazy Girls, Last Hope, Proof and Part II. The interludes are fun and quirky, especially with the use of the Ukelele.
If you are a fan of the band's previous work then you will likely be disappointed by this album.
If you are a fan of the band's singles from this album, then you will likely be disappointed by the album.
It is a lot more "poppy" than their previous albums and the seem much less "chunky".
It is a resounding "meh, it's OK" sort of album and a large backwards step for Paramore, whose previous 3 albums were getting better and better until this.