Paramore
Brand New Eyes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Knott EMERITUS
October 9th, 2009 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The band behind Williams takes a huge step in the right direction; Hayley takes about 5.

However frequently Hayley Williams jumps on stage in a Paramore is a band t-shirt, it's impossible to deny that her role as a frontgirl is one of the most dynamic and crucial in mainstream music, if not music as a whole. If Brand New Eyes is intended to be the record which changes that perception, then Paramore clearly still have a lot to learn, for a couple of reasons. On their third studio full-length, the band behind Williams finally does become (for the most part) the band alongside Williams, but at the same time, the red-haired starlet puts in an insanely good individual performance which propels her and the music Paramore create to new heights.

But Brand New Eyes is a misnomer of a title; Paramore are still not crafting 10-minute pop-rock epics or showing an overly varied collection of influences. They're a pop-rock band, and preliminary single Decode is a good indication of what to expect from the follow-up to 2007's Riot!, which opened the band to the mainstream. 2009 sees them having maintained that public interest with their Twilight OST contribution, the bonus track here, which sounds just like a Paramore song but with slightly more robust guitars and an overall darker aesthetic. It would be inaccurate to say that Brand New Eyes keeps that same serious edge throughout, as its upbeat numbers are plentiful (duh) and even though most of its tracks deal with arguments, angst and relationships, Williams adds her usual honest and direct twist at every juncture. On Playing God she asserts, It's just my humble opinion, but it's one that i believe in: you don't deserve a point of view, if the only thing you see is you, and she sounds undeniably sincere.

Momentous, punchy guitars and relentless rhythmic intrigue are, as normal, the name of the game, but there are well-executed tangents all over the place. Heavier moments seem to fit seamlessly (opener Careful, for example) and imply that Paramore are capable of continuing farther down that road should they so desire. There are a number of songs here that have that same sentiment attached; however much it sounds like Coldplay's Yellow, The Only Exception is a beautifully written, heartfelt ballad which never suffers from its repetition because it's just so cute, and the Laura Marling-esque Misguided Ghosts is restrained and sophisticated. There's the Evanescence-tinged All I Wanted, which houses an a-capella line that stands as one of the record's most powerful vocal moments.

But all this said, the reason Brand New Eyes is as good as it is lies in the band's long-standing strengths; Williams still knows how to write an incredible hook (Turn It Off's chorus is nonsensically catchy and energising) and the band know how to turn and jolt often enough to keep the pace, the mood and the emotion fresh and genuine. In its variety, Brand New Eyes is probably not much different to its pre-decessor, but in its consistency and execution, it's superior on so many levels. To put it simply, Paramore's third LP will rightfully keep them at the top of their genre and cement their position as one of pop-rock's least guilty pleasures; there are still a million places it would be nice to see them go, but when the songwriting's as good as this, why not stay put a little while longer?



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Knott-
Emeritus
October 9th 2009


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I CAN'T GET TO ANY NEW MUSIC IN THIS DAMN COUNTRY.

Album rules.

BallsToTheWall
October 9th 2009


44713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"However frequently Hayley Williams jumps on stage in a Paramore is a band t-shirt" ????? Good review other than that, darker aesthetic and sinister edge. Sounds like hardcore band trying to go black metal.

Digging: Reverend Bizarre - Return to the Rectory

Fxxkit13
October 9th 2009


1559 Comments


I still need to listen to this

Knott-
Emeritus
October 9th 2009


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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S'all relative, but I should probably change sinister to serious.

BallsToTheWall
October 9th 2009


44713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Probaly and I have no idea what the first sentence says. It's basically spanish to me.

taylormemer
October 9th 2009


4917 Comments


Putting the "Paramore is a band" quote in inverted commas will alleviate the awkwardness of that sentence, simply because italics don't show all that amazingly in this typeface; despite the fact that the sentence itself is pretty lol worthy.

Waior
October 9th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

nice

Digging: Hey Rosetta! - Second Sight

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

take that fucking evanescence line out

dylantheairplane
October 9th 2009


2170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Goodgoood

Knott-
Emeritus
October 9th 2009


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

evanescence link exists though, i mean it's hardly a ripoff but theres a slight undertone there idk.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2009


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review Adam. Personally, I think this album may be as edgy as they get in the future, but who knows.

How's the mustard? Or have you already moved on to the beach?

Douchebag
October 9th 2009


3624 Comments


Great album, definitley agree it's a 4.

Knott-
Emeritus
October 10th 2009


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No mustard, no beach, haha. The city is amazing; the weather equally so. Was seeing a Romanian girl for a week or so but it got boring. Uni is mehhhh, but the nights out are well funny and it's basically a top-notch first three weeks. Also, French people are really polite. Trying to find the new Editors album somewhere.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


6180 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Awesome review. I think I may finally be persuaded to check this out. You've also inspired me to
review more so sweet.



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