Review Summary: Paramore's main stage debut is an impressive and solid album that should have other punk bands (and Gwen Stefanis) a little nervous.
Its been a long while since a band has been commercially successful with a female at it's lead. Flash to the early 2000s, where No Doubt was THE punk-pop-rock band du jour- but they're SO eight years ago, and it was only a matter of time before someone else came to fill that void. Enter Hayley Williams, the pretty anti-pretty girl and the headliner of an ever-changing rotation of a band known as Paramore, and she's got such a fiery spunk that you think she'd take a Saturn-esque Gwen Stefani and just deck her right in the face.
Riot!, the second album by the band and whose cover art looks creepily like that of No Doubt's Rock Steady, is more intense and noteworthy than you'd think. It's opening tracks do a great job of drawing you in, especially on "That's What You Get", where Williams croons over a melody that neatly switches between funky drums and neatly contained electric guitar ("Why do we like to hurt so much?"). "Hallelujah" is a far more inspiring tune- "This time we're not giving up / Let's make it last forever", Hayley sings. Dammit if it's not pure punky goodness.
Then there's "Misery Business", that smashing single that defines the Paramore sound, in which Hayley takes off the cool and angrily gets the guy over furious guitar riffs and drums that scatter all through the verses and slam together in its chorus. She says it best herself- "God, does it feel so good."
"When It Rains" is the solid result of a beautiful letdown. "Oh, oh / I need an ending / so Why can't you stay, just long enough to explain?" she begs. "Miracle" is a neat trick as well, its energy rising and falling perfectly. But it's on "Crushcrushcrush", the clear winner on Riot!, where this band truly shines. It's a fierce, funky little number that's even a little sexy: "Rock and roll, baby / We're all alone now / Gimme something to sing about." Oh, yeah, she's daring you, and Williams is almost devilish in delivery over an infectious rhythm which suits her oh, so well.
"We Are Broken" showcases her softest side and displays her decent voice, and "Fences" is memorable in it's super bouncy production, but isn't as stellar as others. Though the album may roar loudly in the beginning and have a quieter end, that doesnt make its bite any less ferocious. Riot! is an important main stage debut from a band showing immense promise. And on "Born For This", Hayley makes that promise- "Tell me, tell me / Can you feel the pressure? / We were born for this." Without a doubt, other bands should be feeling it. Born for this? Agreed.
Hey, Atavan, in my defense, I havent been on this site for 24 hrs yet, and I'm just randomly reviewing shizz that I have on my comp I think is good haha... and imo No Doubt and Paramore DO have certain similarities...
and i'll change "polite" if its that serious! haha... but how am i high on caffeine?
Nice review, but the problem with your comparisons between No Doubt and Paramore is just that there are too many. I'm sure you could find something in the review to take out that wouldn't detract from it at all.
Again, good review. I'm with bastard on the high on caffeine thing, though
Agreeing with Wylie, everyone shut the fuck up about reviews not being needed; who cares if an album has 90000 reviews, this site is about writing reviews for fun and it just so happens that writing about your favourite bands is more fun than writing about stuff you hate - hence a lot of popular bands will have a lot of reviews.
As long as you're having fun, go for it dude, don't listen to all of the faggots who are telling you your review is unneeded.
The review itself is good as well, although I think reading it is akin to hearing a girl gush about her new boyfriend. You've got a good flow and the read was interesting enough to keep my attention (and I pretty much have ADD when it comes to things like this), so good job. Keep reviewing stuff, and maybe take a read of the staff reviewers' reviews as well, in order to get an idea of how to make you reviews sound less gushy and more precise (try some reviews by mynameischan, planewreck and Britney Diva).
JumptheF**KUp hit the nail on the head. This is a great review though it is essentially a track-by-track. Describing key songs fleshes out a review but it'd service a review better if you use it sparingly to draw attention to generalizations or descriptions you're making about the album or band's sound. Otherwise this is solid and you should definitely keep up the work (maybe try a new release that doesn't have a review? We love those!).
As a side-note, reviewing regularly is encouraged, but three in a day is pushing it. Try to keep it to down to one a day since you're running the risk of pushing other people's reviews off the front page. There are only six spots.This Message Edited On 11.30.08