Paramore is back and it’s here to stay!
After a long wait for the new album, it has finally arrived. I was curious about the direction Paramore would be taking on their latest effort and now it’s finally here. I can very much say that it is better than ever!
Paramore released its self-titled album in April 5, 2013. It is the first full-length album of the American rock band Paramore after the departure of co-founders Josh Farro and Zac Farro in 2010. And can I just say… I love it so much!
The album was described by the band as being a “statement”, a reintroduction of the band to the world and to themselves. It was a commercial success, topping the charts in many different countries. Paramore received universal commendation from music critics, who applauded the band’s maturity and experimentation in terms of musicianship.
Paramore went through many challenges. Many criticisms have been sprawling against this album and I find them very ridiculous. One of the things the album is criticized for is for being “pop”. As a fan of the band, I cannot believe that people criticize it for being “pop”. I mean, the only pop song in the album is ‘Still Into You’! Anyhow, people may argue that it is not their best but it is amazing. In fact, I can say that this is definitely one of the best albums I have heard this year. It is indeed a masterpiece! Paramore feels far more human and sincere than anything the band has ever made. It’s definitely one of the finest music these three artists–vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis have committed to tape to date. Paramore feels so penetrating yet so intimate.
As a full record, Paramore certainly isn’t for everyone. However, there’s certainly something for everyone. There will be some Paramore fans upset with their departure from teen rock, but this album brings a more creative and experimental sound to their discography. The new flavor is brilliant. The sound is so diverse. There’s more than just guitars and electronica: there are ukuleles, string sections, harmonicas and even a gospel choir. The variety is so refreshing. The musicianship is solid. The drums were so much better than the previous album. The sequencing of the songs and the interludes were impeccable. The transitions from the soft moods to a sudden return of pace were marvelous. And not to mention Hayley Williams’ immaculate voice! The album highlighted Hayley’s vocal prowess. There’s also something exceptional with their lyrics. There’s soul. There’s more to them than just music. It reflected something within. Many songs reflected on their troubles with Farros, declarations of moving on and willingness to try new things. After all the drama Paramore’s confronted with over the last three years, they’ve come out the other side as a multi-dimensional band who’s willing to push their own borders, marking their greatest artistic statement. All of the tracks are fun to listen to and are very fluid. It is a great album.
There are two types of bands in this world: Those who evolve and those who change. Paramore’s self-titled album is a prime example of what happens when a band changes. It is a bold step. This may not be what we were expecting and may not be the Paramore that we’ve come to know and love, but they are on the journey of discovering who they really are, and this album may stand as an important step on that path. Overall, it’s hard to say anything cumulatively negative about the album. It’s not perfect, no, but it’s pretty darn close. Paramore has shown a tremendous growth with each album: from kids on Falling, to teens on Riot!, to young adults on Brand New Eyes, and finally to adults on Paramore. It’s amazing to see that from good albums, they make great ones.
I highly recommend this album. It shows maturity, growth, and more feeling. I hope for more albums like this in the future. 🙂
Release information about the album
Release Date: 04/09/2013
Tracks in Paramore: Fast In My Car, Now, Grow Up, Daydreaming, Interlude: Moving On, Ain’t It Fun, Part II, Last Hope, Still Into You, Anklebiters, Interlude: Holiday, Proof, Hate To See Your Heart Break, (One Of Those) Crazy Girls, Interlude: I’m Not Angry Anymore, Be Alone, Future, Bonus Tracks, Native Tongue, Escape Route