by SpinLightTwo USER (12 Reviews)
August 15th, 2007 | 11 replies

Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Paramore are back with a bit more diversity rhythmically and vocally, but it's hard to say the same for the rest.

I never really liked the thought of a female singer fronting a band. Honestly, it's not a sexist thing. It's just some women have such wonderful voices but seem so out of place with the "chugging" riffage they sing over. The contrast of a soft, beautiful voice leading an onslaught of down-tuned guitars really doesn't sound so sweet when you come to think of it. It probably does not help that I am not much of a mainstream rock/metal fan either. All that aside I think Paramore have a good head on their shoulders. That head being Hayley Williams. She is obviously the reason they exist. If you took her away...well let's leave that alone.

Two things are mentioned when Paramore is brought into conversation.

First, for the most part Hayley Williams is undisputedly cute. That is what everyone hears a lot of. (Hell, I say it too.) Secondly, The girl has a damn good voice. She uses it fantastically throughout the whole album. Ranging from modest and solemn to quirky and cute. She sings with intention, and you can hear it quite well. From the verses of That's What You Get to the chorus of Hallelujah you will be enthralled. She doesn't play it simple and she is pretty dynamic for the most part.

Oh yeah, the band that backs her up isn't half bad either.

It's true. The rest of Paramore are pretty solid. Only solid. You really have to pay close attention to hear anything stand out. Chances for a solo on Misery Business are passed up and you just settle for an octave lead that seemed to be put in at the last minute while the chorus lead in That's What You Get is a highlight of the albums guitar work. The usual problem of the bass being inaudible isn't solved and it doesn't matter really, because the bassist doesn't do anything that you want to hear anyway. The drumming is far superior than the the latter combined. From time to time you will hear some catchy rhythms (Born For This and Misery Business)and it's a breath of fresh air for the band. The drumming is pretty interesting even if scattered, but less scarce than the guitar leads.

Songs such as That's What You Get having the snare sending the song off to it's simple but excellent main riff into the verse, which has it's rhythm change the second time around, to it's exceptional chorus. While Misery Business starts with it's lead played through a filter by what seems to be a fast forwarded (it's makes more sense when visualized) orchestra then introduced again by a more loud and energetic version that you may know as the lead single for this album. These are obviously the albums top tracks with Born For This, being a great anthem-like track with some of those scarce leads and nice backing vocals done by fans, coming quite close.

The problem with Riot is the lack of cohesiveness. There are not many parts where the band feels like it's whole. Save a few tracks, most of the album tends to be saved by Hayley. I only mention her as much as I do because she seems to be, at times, separate from her band mates for the simple that she surpasses them in talent.

That being said it's kind of obvious that, for now, nothing will surpass Hayley's vocals. She completely carries this band with ease. This isn't necessarily bad though. They have all the right ingredients for your regular pop punk album with the special spice that is Hayley's voice. The musicianship is fitting and all around normal when listening to the genre they are in. Expect nothing more but nothing less when coming into this record. It's fun and catchy while not being too generic and annoying. Paramore have proven that they have potential while displaying the fact that they are already putting it to good use.

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August 15th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

It's short and all you really do is talk about Hayley most of the time. When you do your next review try to focus a bit more on everything else. I can understand why you didn't give much detail on the rest of the band, but somethings feels 'missing' from this review.

However you still did a good job with what you did type.

Great album too.

August 15th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Its a nice review. I agree with all your points on the band its just maybe you could talk about how this album is diffrent from the first/how they have changed/what this album sounds like/more stand out songs

Its pretty good for a short review though. Fuck it, im going to vote yes.

August 15th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

working on it, and thank you Otis.

and thanks to you Hispanic. This Message Edited On 08.15.07

August 15th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, if anything work on the length.

It's a good record, really need to give it more of a listen.

August 15th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

This dosent bother me as much as it used to.

Digging: CZARFACE - Every Hero Needs a Villain

August 15th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

I like the lenght of this review, a litle longer wouldn't hurt, but it is fine.

August 15th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

I appreciate everyone that took the time comment this.

August 16th 2007


Suprising fact about this band, I heard "Misery Business" and didn't hate it! I haven't liked any of the others, on the album, that I've heard. I'm hardly a fan of this kind of Pop-punk with emoesque lyrical tendencies, particularly from the p.o.v of vocals. I think the vocal style suits her female voice a lot more than this style does with male singers fo similar bands. Still in general i sort of think they suck, so it hardly matters.

August 20th 2007


this was an ok review. it definitely has the potential to be a good review. when you described the music it was good, but there was room for expansion. i completely agree with the point "She(Hayley) is obviously the reason they exist. If you took her away..." and that was worth mentioning; what wasn't perhaps wasn't worth mentioning was the fairly long explanation of how cute she is. we all know how cute she is, this isn't news to us, and it doesn't tell us much about the album. however, definitely shows potential here.

August 20th 2007


I don't know if I'm missing something here...but I don't think she's that hot (or hot enough for the talk she gets)

August 20th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

I feel you craigy. I appreciate the feedback.

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