Paramore
Brand New Eyes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dylan S. USER (66 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2009 | 26 replies | 2,614 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: brand new eyes, is not a record that will go down in history, but shows excellent music from a once cliche band.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

The record label Fueled by Ramen does not have the best track record of producing top-notch bands, releasing albums by artists such as Panic! at the Disco, Cobra Starship, and Gym Class Heroes, hardly anyone worth a good listen. Though the label took their biggest step to bettering themselves in April of 2005, the month that Paramore signed on and the released their first album All We Know Is Falling of July that same year. Although not a massive success, All We Know Is Falling did produce some quality songs like Pressure and Emergency. It seemed to the people that Paramore was just another pop-punk knock off, with no real substance.

After some much needed musical practice, Paramore ventured in to the studio once more to create their sophomore album Riot!. Released in 2007 Riot! became the soundtrack of the summer for many teens, and though it broke them to the masses, they were still just a pop-punk band from a small Tennessee town. Musically Riot! was a huge step forward from the first album but still lacked the substance of a band to be taken seriously, and not just another Fueled by Ramen train wreck.

Jumping in the studio for the third time Paramore readied their third album, brand new eyes (type-set is claimed to be a homage to red-headed singer, Hayley Williams inability to use caps lock while typing.) No one was sure what exactly to expect due the recent rumors of a break up, but the fans picked up the album excitedly and put it in the player, and sat to hear what comes out.

Opening with track, Careful, a song that sounds just like a typical Paramore style song, but much better; the dual guitars working excellent together, with Hayley’s elegantly loud vocals on top. The track is a wonderful, “hello!” from Paramore to the fans that sets the album off great. Followed by the first single of the album, Ignorance, another track with the same feel as the first, with the ever so noticeable line, “Ignorance is your new best friend,” which in a way is what this album represents collectively.

The biggest sign of maturity on this album is the track Misguided Ghost, a slowed down acoustic song that tones down the vocals creating a major contradiction to the rest of the album making it quite the standout. On both previous album Paramore has had slowed down songs, but this is the first that actually gets Hayley calmed down for a slow sing along. Misguided Ghost is the song that shows what Paramore is coming to as a band, they have grown in many ways and they have outgrown every other band on their label, being the shining pop-punk god of the moment.

This is not to suggest though that brand new eyes is a flawless album. Its biggest mistake is that its structured like a music sandwich, all the strongest tracks are the begining few, and ending few, the songs placed in the center just begin to all drag along and sound vaguely similar. The track Turn It Off is opened by the lines, “I scraped my knees while praying ,” and the lyrics do not get much better throughout. Obviously, the weakest song being that the guitar is very boring, the vocals are far below Williams ability and the whole songs feels like listening to the leftover song from the All We Know Is Falling sessions.

Simply put, brand new eyes is a bridging album. In the jump from a cliché pop-punk band, to a serious band with a purpose, this album is a snapshot mid-jump, and hopefully Paramore wont being hanging in the air much longer as and future releases are bound to be even better than this, that is if they can survive their own inner band drama first.



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dylantheairplane
October 3rd 2009



2147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was having a really hard time deciding if this is a 3.5 or 4, so don't be surprised if it changes

MentalityOfA
October 3rd 2009



1213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've never been one to listen to Paramore, I might just listen to this though.

Digging: Chevelle - La Gargola

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2009



6959 Comments


Turn It Off is my favorite song on the album (other than "All I Wanted"). I don't get your hate for it, the lyrics are fantastic.

Digging: Wild Beasts - Present Tense

dylantheairplane
October 3rd 2009



2147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Opinions are good.

I think I might write a review for the other two Paramore albums, I don't care that Riot! has too many already

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2009



17912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

some pretty horrendous grammar here

Roach
October 3rd 2009



2149 Comments


some pretty horrendous users here

Phantom
October 3rd 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shit's hitting the fan

dylantheairplane
October 3rd 2009



2147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmmmm

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2009



17912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

js you sort of need to learn how to use commas and apostrophes

dylantheairplane
October 3rd 2009



2147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I do know that^
Im working on it though.


That "hmmmm" was directed towards Roach

DoOrDie
October 3rd 2009



34 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

All the jabs at FBR make this review come off as sounding a bit pretentious. I'm not a fan of most of the label's efforts, but in the end you're reviewing Paramore, not their record label or the other artists associated with it.

chocola
October 3rd 2009



266 Comments


I bump the living fuck out of this in my car

dylantheairplane
October 3rd 2009



2147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay not to sound to full of myself, but this does not deserve a neg.

chocola
October 3rd 2009



266 Comments


i gave it a yes

dylantheairplane
October 3rd 2009



2147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you sir

oh a side note, I want to see DoOrDie write a review

chocola
October 3rd 2009



266 Comments


my pleasure

Douchebag
October 4th 2009



3624 Comments


Agree with most of this review, I never thought I would be one to listen to paramore but by pop punk standards, this album is rather impressive.

DoOrDie
October 4th 2009



34 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I may have sounded a bit harsh. Please don't let me discourage you from writing further reviews. If an album is worthy of praise, I don't think you should have to apologize for its genre or the band's label mates. In this review you twice called Paramore cliché, but are pop-punk bands with decent female vocal leads and reasonable songwriting ability really that common?

BTW, I'm looking to write a review sometime soon, but first I have to pick an album that will be relevant, but not reviewed 17 times already.

OhAliceMonster
January 21st 2010



1455 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

how can he say that this isnt a record that will go down in history? suck a penis because this album is amazing. i agree that maybe its not their greatest album but still.

tiesthatbind
January 21st 2010



7360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^Come on, don't give Paramore fans a bad name, man.



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