Review Summary: Like finding gems in a coal mine, they are few and far, but they are gems after all.
The incredibly popular pop punk band Paramore is at it again, with their 3rd studio album. Floating on their cloud of popularity, they shower us with their catchy sound and lyrics that can really connect with their fan base.
The band was essentially formed in a private school where Hayley met brothers Josh and Zac Farro.
Bassist Jeremy Davis and Hayley Williams were part of a Funk cover band.
Here's the review.
"Misguided Ghosts" and "Careful" are among the best of the album. But for every good song, there is at least one song that can make you wonder about the musical integrity of the album. See "Playing God". The chorus for the song fails to impress, and it seems as if Hayley is trying to fill the time with saying the same thing twice. She spews anger and mixes it with poor lyrics, a very bad combination.
But others throughout the album have a nice personal touch to them. Songs like “The Only Exception”, paired with an acoustic guitar, are one of the best examples. The chorus is on the weak side though and dare I say it, is pretty darn cliché. But you can tell that Hayley is really trying to say something there.
"Misguided Ghosts", is a good example of what "The Only Exception" should have been. Fairly good songwriting makes it an easier listen than the aforementioned. The song is nice and simple, and really gets you. Everything about the song is right, the guitar flows with the song seamlessly, the vocals are soft and full of emotion.
Other notable tracks include, Feeling Sorry and Looking Up.
"Where The Lines Overlap" is a very upbeat and happy song, a song for when everything is going right.
"Turn It Off" basically points out how life works, and is worth a listen.
"Bring By Boring Brick" might as well have a title change, maybe just call it "Boring", don't even bother with this song. Again, the chorus is a huge part of the song for me, and this chorus ranks among the worst of the songs.
There's really nothing special as far as the instrumentation goes, with the exception of the drums. It doesn't mess with the songs, but it doesn't really make them stand out either. I guess I can't really complain, as long as they're better than that of Linkin Park's, then you're doing something right.
Overall, "Brand New Eyes" is definitely worth a listen, don't expect anything lyrically profound, but, expect to have a great time.
Songs to skip:
Brick By Boring Brick