Paramore
Brand New Eyes


5.0
classic

Review

by Brendan Schroer USER (132 Reviews)
March 12th, 2019 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Letting go

I remember you.

Your place in my collection signifies the lost hours, the lost years that were spent in isolation and contemplation. Soaring vocals I worshipped, thought-provoking words I’d taken for scripture, and a rock-solid instrumental presence acting as an effective buoy. Perfect for those lonely car rides, suitable for a quiet night behind the wheel. It was easy to get acquainted with each relatable stanza from the omnipresent songbird Hayley Williams, and even easier to dive into the catchy melodies that supported her.

Even then, it’s easier to love something when your rose-colored glasses give it a deeper significance. And even still, the significance wasn’t always a positive one. I could talk about how you got me through tough times as a teenager, or how you were my “anchor” when I was falling apart in my early 20s. But that only reminds me of the fact that my early 20s were… well… falling apart. And that my work shirts were reeking of the tireless hours spent in a dirty kitchen that would eventually close its doors. And that every drive down my mountain hometown was synonymous with the freefall that would eventually lead to rock bottom.

Do you remember me"

I’m sure I wore you out from playing you to kingdom come. I discovered you at a strange time, too, a time in which I wanted more alternative and less prog. More atmosphere and less outright aggression. More taste expansion and less mind closure. And you were right at the sweet spot, just the right crossroads that provided the right bridge to something new. Your outbursts of punk energy were met with a faux-folk beauty, and your contemplative midtempo alt-rock glued it all together. The shades of (justifiable) angst in some pieces melded with a palpable optimism in others, yet nothing sounded out of place.

Fittingly, your time in my collection has represented every peak and valley I can recall. In fact, listening to you now is just as painful as it is joyously nostalgic. And it all comes back to those car rides. Those fucking car rides. The ones that took me from one memory to another. I still remember belting out the soaring vocals of “All I Wanted” during the explosive final chorus. I can still recite every single line of the low-key campfire folk of “Misguided Ghosts.” I recall the self-righteous anger I had when I angrily uttered the lines of the melodic pop-punk classic “Playing God.”

I remember you.

I think everyone has that one piece of art. That one that returns to the mind as conflictingly as it does fondly. I’d like to say I know better than to listen to you again to let the all my past frustrations and closet skeletons resurface, but I don’t. There’s a reason you still stick out in my mind, and perhaps I should just accept that you’re a part of my musical DNA. It might be a matter of knowing my past will never change while focusing on the future in the meantime. And perhaps you were the signifier of closure that I needed to leave the harsher days behind me.

I don’t know. One thing you realize growing up is that it’s best to cherish each day that you’re healthy, alive, and comfortable. Because one day, you’ll realize those days are gone and you’re left wishing you spent those days more fulfillingly when you were younger. Brand New Eyes reminds me of the days I wasted. It reminds me of the time I pissed away while waiting for something better to come at my doorstep. Most importantly, it reminds me of the time I rebounded and left the worst parts of me behind. So maybe it’s time to pack up Brand New Eyes, put it under my bed, and leave myself with the memories it left me.



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DivergentThinking
March 12th 2019


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This isn't a review

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2019


15099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lovely read dude, hard pos.



I have very similar feelings with Riot.

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2019


15209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

decode is an absolute tune

DivergentThinking
March 12th 2019


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks Dewi!



Yeah, Decode rules

Groundking
March 12th 2019


1094 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Top review. I love this album.

DivergentThinking
March 12th 2019


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks!

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 12th 2019


29904 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nice review, def brought the feels

album is by far the best paramore

stasar
March 12th 2019


49 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

take my pos, the concept is pretty

DivergentThinking
March 12th 2019


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks everyone. This review was a long time coming; I just didn’t know how to approach it for a while

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2019


56438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

an album with a song as bad as the only exception cannot be a 5

DivergentThinking
March 12th 2019


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That’s one of my faves, so I can’t agree there

granitenotebook
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2019


862 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review. the only exception is like top 3 paramore

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2019


15209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Christ, didn't expect that 5 to come from sow haha

BigPleb
March 12th 2019


57516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is probably their best thinking about it.



Nice rev Brendan, lovely stuff.

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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2019


621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

looking up and where the lines overlap are still bad songs. without them this album would be almost perfect.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2019


15209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

playing god sucks too

ProjectFreak
March 12th 2019


3450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great read, thank you for sharing that with us



definitely their best album. Careful and All I Wanted are both top 5 in their discog, maybe top 3

DivergentThinking
March 12th 2019


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Playing God rules



(I mean that’s just my humble opinion, but it’s one that I believe in)

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 12th 2019


29904 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yea playing god is one of my faves here

BigPleb
March 12th 2019


57516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ignorance is catchy as hell.



Gotta love Hayley too, she rules.



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