Paramore
Singles Club


4.5
superb

Review

by simonpettersen USER (18 Reviews)
December 14th, 2011 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With "Singles" Paremore has returned to their roots with a fresh breath of air to their sound.

For those of you who don't know, Paramore is a very popular rock band from Franklin, Tennessee. The band has released tree albums; All We Know is Falling, Riot! and Brand New Eyes. Some of their biggest hits are "Decode" from the Twilight movie soundtrack and “Misery Business” from the Guitar Hero series, and if you haven't heard of these guys, then you must have been living under a rock.

Lately there has been a whole lot of fuzz about Paramore. Why? Because the two founding members Josh and Zac Farro left the band, and they didn't leave quietly with Josh accusing vocalist Hayley Williams of being manipulated by her management, treating the rest of the group as her solo project, and claiming that she was the only member of the band who was signed to Atlantic Records, while her bandmates were simply "riding on the coattails of her dream".

In 2011 Paramore debuted their first single without the Farro brothers called "Monster", it was the second single from the soundtrack of the 2011 summer block buster movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon. While the band recorded "Monster", they also recorded tree other songs; "Renegade", "Hello Cold World" and "In the Mourning"; These are the four songs we are presented with in the bands brand new EP “Singles”.



While I wasn’t expecting too much of it to begin with, it caught me by surprise, because this is actually a pretty damn solid EP if you like their music. It has the touch their two first albums had that the third one was missing. Their first two albums had a much more youthful pop punk feel to it while their third album “Brand New Eyes” was stretching out for a larger audience with a more mainstream sound.

The EP starts off with “Monster” a dark song with a mid tempo. For fans of “Riot!” and “All We Know Is Falling”, this song should appeal to them. Even though it marks a return to their former sound, it is at the same time more mature with a much darker tone and theme giving the whole song a more serious approach. The song is led by (no surprise) Hayley Williams from beginning to end with a really catchy chorus that easily can get stuck in your head. The second song is a much more upbeat and happier song called “Renegade”, you could basically call this song “CrushCrushCrush Pt. 2”, because this is a typical Paramore song; upbeat and catchy. The third song is called “Hello Cold World” and is the most radio friendly piece on the EP. This song shares similarities with some of the songs on “Brand New Eyes” with its much lighter tone and high tempo. Although this song is meant to bear a serious message like every song on the EP, it’s hard to take this song serious seeing how it basically is a teenage pop rock anthem. The last song is a slow, and quite frankly… sad song. It’s called “In the Mourning” and lyrically deals about how Williams feels cold and betrayed. While all the songs (except for Monster, for all I know) deal with the resent changes within the band, “In the Mourning” leaves everything behind, it’s on another level. It’s an emotionally charged ballad lead by Hayley Williams and co which closes the EP off perfect.

Every album released by Paramore has credited Josh Farro AND Hayley Williams as the writers and composers of the songs. Seeing how this album brings Paramore back to solid ground, the Farro brothers might actually have been onto something, Hayley Williams is a brilliant musician and has indeed quite a lot of cards up her sleeve.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
thatoneguy726
December 14th 2011


1637 Comments


This is new material? Bad title choice. I've been thinking this was a "best of" compilation.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2011


17945 Comments


'radio friendly' and 'more mainstream' are phrases that should probably never be in a paramore review. it's PARAMORE. it's all radio friendly and none of it is more or less mainstream than anything else they've done

this is a pretty good review though, but i wouldn't include so much band history unless you're actually going to tie it into some larger theme

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2011


17945 Comments


it's called singles because these were released as part of this thing they have called 'the singles club' where they give out music exclusively to the people who join it

vakuola
December 14th 2011


276 Comments


I would delete the first paragraph.

vakuola
December 14th 2011


276 Comments


Oops, double post

jackalope11
December 14th 2011


330 Comments


Good review, but I totally agree with Chan. Unless they start whipping out flutes and drop their label, Paramore will forever be radio friendly.

iFghtffyrdmns
December 14th 2011


7047 Comments


hum.
had no idea this release was looming.

not that I really should care I'm wayyyyyy too cool for paramore now that i'm about of the elite sputnik family.

m/m/m/ yeah guys woo

AtavanHalen
December 14th 2011


17927 Comments


The band has released tree albums


lol'd

Acanthus
December 15th 2011


9545 Comments


Other than a 3(?) tracks I really don't like this band.

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Knott-
Emeritus
December 15th 2011


10198 Comments


tree albums

HBFS
December 15th 2011


1294 Comments


tree other songs

AlecBaldwin
December 15th 2011


147 Comments


about treefiddy

Nikkolae
December 15th 2011


4877 Comments


i heard Hello Cold World yesterday on the radio and it was pretty good, im glad they're comming back to their old sound if this is anything like you suggest it is

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2011


22072 Comments


these were released as part of this thing they have called 'the singles club' where they give out music exclusively to the people who join it

eurgh

no guilt turning to mediafire

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Sanders
December 15th 2011


2361 Comments


whole lot of fuzz

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2011


22072 Comments


Ok I've listened to this and I really fail to see how it's returning back to 'their roots'
although they haven't really changed that much since AWKIF

tiesthatbind
December 15th 2011


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Need to listen to this

simonpettersen
December 15th 2011


272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

AnarchistFish

Well I do, there is a clear change in their sound from Riot! to Brand New Eyes. Brand New Eyes being the much softer and mainstream approved driection. However with "Renegade" and "Monster" I get the Riot! feel again, Hello Cold World however sounds like a b-side from BNE.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2011


22072 Comments


If we're talking back to the sound of Riot!, then yeah, but I wouldn't call that their roots

Nikkolae
December 15th 2011


4877 Comments


stuff like Hello Hello and Another Day and All We Know Is Falling would be more fitting as their roots than Riot! if you ask me

edit: anyways who cares, hayley is still hot



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