Paramore
Riot!


4.5
superb

Review

by altairschaos56 USER (4 Reviews)
January 22nd, 2008 | 22 replies | 21,836 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


3 of 4 thought this review was well written

In 2005, a new band rose to the top of the pop-punk genre. That band was Paramore. Their upbeat sound and catchy lyrics were a big hit and a fan favorite on the Warped Tour. Their debut album “All We Know Is Falling” was an unexpected hit although at times, it was obvious that front women Hayley Williams’ voice carried the songs. Regardless, it was a great way to begin a career. In 2007, Paramore returned with their follow-up album, “RIOT!” And there are no signs of sophomore slump. When a band has a great debut album, it’s rare to top it. On a rare occasion, it does happen (exp. Franz Ferdinand’s “You Could Have So Much Better”) this is one of those times. “RIOT!” is considerably more punk sounding. “Falling” was kind of schizophrenic in its sound. There was rock, pop, and punk. “RIOT!” is definalty more punk and more melodic at times. There are no filler tracks on here. On “Falling” (personally) I thought there were three or so songs, none of them bad, that were there just to add length to the album (which didn’t help the 30ish minute time span) That’s not the case here. Every track has its own unique sound and meaning behind it.

“RIOT!” kicks off with the humorously titled, “For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic” which has Williams singing the emotional line, “I put so much faith in you, and you just threw it away.” This has a great intro which sets the pace of the rest of the song and the album. My favorite track on here is “Hallelujah.” Williams’ vocals shine the brightest here. Much like on “Falling” she hits every note perfectly. The band also gets every note perfect. The lyrics are excellent with a great chorus (“This time we’re not giving up. Let’s make this last forever. Scream Hallelujah. We’ll make this last forever”) Another gem is “Let The Flames Begin.” “Flames” is one of the more emotional, melodic songs on here, a la “Franklin” and “My Heart” from “Falling.” To be honest, I have no clue what their talking about, but it’s good. I thought I had an idea, until the chorus (This is how we dance when, when they try to bring us down…try to burn our houses down. This is how we’ll sing, oh) then I was confused. But, if you liked “Franklin” you’ll like “Flames.” The song that’s had the most airtime and perhaps the biggest song of their career (so far) is “Misery Business.” By far, “misery” is the most quirky and upbeat song on “RIOT!” It tells a story of a girl (Hayley) who is after a guy who is with another girl (got it?). Then the girl dumps the guy and Hayley hooks up with him (watch the vid and listen to the song to make sense of it). The chorus is a harsh statement to the girl (“It was never my intention to brag, but I got him where I want him now…God, it feels so good…”) In a way, this song fits “RIOT!” and in a way it doesn’t. It fits Paramore’s song-style musically, but not lyrically. Paramore isn’t exactly known for harsh songs (and using the Lord’s name in vain, which Williams later apologized for since she is religious.) Although, it is another awesome song by the band. “crushcrushcrush” is their latest single and one of the standouts on the album. One of the best parts of this song is before the chorus’. The music slows down and Williams’ whispers “c-c-crush, c-c-crush, crush crush.” It’s small, but it adds a nice effect. The lyrics are top notch with some great rhymes. There are subtle hints of Christian lyrics throughout “RIOT!” Most apparent in “We Are Broken” (“Give us life again because we wanna be whole”) and in “Miracle,” this is unusual for a secular band. But, it is appreciated. So, why not a five? Ummm…The cover booklet only has the lyrics for four songs (?) and I would’ve liked some screaming, at least like at the end of "My Heart” on “Falling.” Other than that, it doesn’t feel “classic.” But, it’s very, very close.

From beginning to end, it’s apparent that Paramore’s not like any other band that’s big today. No swearing, no suicidal lyrics, and no innuendoes. I said it in my review for “Falling” and I’m saying it hear: Paramore is a breath of fresh air. “RIOT!” closes with “Born For This” where Williams and company sing and chant the lines, “We were born for this” and “Do you feel the pressure?” Every other band should feel the pressure because this is the hottest band today. Paramore was born for this, and I’m very glad they were.

Track Breakdown:
1)- For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic- 9/10
2)- That’s What You Get- 8.5/10
3)- Hallelujah-10/10
4)- Misery Business- 9/10
5)- When It Rains-8/10
6)- Let The Flames Begin- 9/10
7)- Miracle- 8.5/10
8)- crushcrushcrush- 10/10
9)- We Are Broken- 8/10
10)- Fences- 9/10
11)- Born For This- 9/10


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Comments:Add a Comment 
altairschaos56
January 22nd 2008



362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i've tryd breaking up the paragraphs but i can't get them to work.

scarsremain
January 22nd 2008



233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet review. but next time don't compare so much to the previous album

altairschaos56
January 22nd 2008



362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this review was much longer on paper. My large handwriting took up five pages of paper...

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2008



15727 Comments


You handwrote it first wut?

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MediocreAtBest
January 22nd 2008



1473 Comments


Decent review, good album. It took a few days to get Crushcrushcrush out of my head.

altairschaos56
January 22nd 2008



362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well, it was on my computer at home (which is outdated-the usb port doesn't even work) so i handwrote to rest and put it on my school's computer then uploaded it to sputnik

TheStarclassicTreatment
January 22nd 2008



2910 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice, the first sentence reminds me of the end of the 1st paragraph of my review.

ninjuice
January 22nd 2008



6759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

to be honest, I think it's on the sucky side.

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altairschaos56
January 22nd 2008



362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh well...i havn't lost any sleep over it...This Message Edited On 01.22.08

TheStarclassicTreatment
January 22nd 2008



2910 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Easy

astrel
January 22nd 2008



2614 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I honestly do not understand all the hype this band is getting.

MediocreAtBest
January 22nd 2008



1473 Comments


Although they are a bit overrated, these are the reasons for my rating of this album:

-No filler
-Great vocals
-Extremely catchyThis Message Edited On 01.22.08

Serpento
January 22nd 2008



2351 Comments


The review is lukewarm (not worth a pos or neg,) I still really want this album. I need a break from my AWS/Kidcrash binge.

Altmer
January 22nd 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This album is great. It's not zomgamazing, but it's catchy and good for the occasional spin.

altairschaos56
January 23rd 2008



362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's a lot better than their debut. I'll be listening to this a lot more than "Falling"

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 23rd 2008



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no uThis Message Edited On 01.23.08

bobbingforapples
March 12th 2008



266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh yeah,and paramore is pop punk, definetely NOT punk

Eliminator
March 12th 2008



2067 Comments


nah theyre pretty punk dude idk if u know what ur talking about

Altmer
March 12th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

well the best thing about this band is Hayley is hot

I mean come on that's why anyone would listen to Paramore really

Limework
March 12th 2008



223 Comments


Yeah man

OMG I'm horny brb



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