Posts Tagged ‘Paramore’

I was really impressed by B.o.B.’s musicality when I first heard “Airplanes” last week. I was taken by surprise too at how Hayley Williams contributed her vocals to the track. I never expected the track to turn out like that. I honestly expected a catchy hook by Hayley, but not in that way. Well, I was half-right then. Her great vocals, combined with B.o.B.’s bearable rapping, along with well-thought of lyrics made the song awesome.

I wonder if Airplanes Part 2 can match up to the awesomeness of the first part.

Last Monday, (April 19), due to the many leaks of his album popping up around the internet, B.o.B. himself released Airplanes Part 2.

The second part of Airplanes caught me by surprise as well. I didn’t expect the track to be five minutes long, first of all. I didn’t expect it to be more… insightful in terms of the lyrics. B.o.B. and Eminem both rap about what-ifs in their lives if they had not chosen their current career. Their rapping is top-notch. B.o.B. brings his own unique rapping style to this song again. Honestly, I think he’s like the next Kanye West in terms of his musicality. Eminem is just… Eminem. As for Hayley… she still provides the same catchy hook she provides for in the first track.

Honestly, I just have a little complaint about this song.

Sometimes, when the rapping part comes in, it doesn’t really mesh with the beat of the song, unlike the first part where it perfectly blended in with the beat. And, I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think Hayley’s hook was sort-of over-produced. It sounded a little… off compared to the first part. But don’t get me wrong. I still think this song is awesome and has potential to become successful as itself and most especially, as a “sequel” to the first part of Airplanes.

Genre: Hip-hop
Label: Grand Hustle Records

This entry was written by Kim, the youngest member of the writing team for this site.

After falling in love with B.o.B.’s stunning musicality after hearing Nothin’ On You, here comes a stunning new single featuring one of the unexpected people to have a collaboration with Bobby Ray – Hayley Williams of well-known band Paramore. Hayley may be known for providing highly enthusiastic performances for her band but she tones it down for this track and the end result is something very fantastic in epic proportions.

B.o.B’s rapping skills continue to be amazing while still remaining to be not annoying at all. However, the star of the track has to be Hayley Williams. She added another touch into an already magnificent track. Instead of sounding purely hip-hop, Hayley’s vocals made sure that the track will not be one-dimensional by putting in some angst that has been a trademark of hers.

In the end, B.o.B. has again made a hit that again largely due to a fine job in meshing B.o.B’s artistry with that of Hayley’s. Airplanes is simply outstanding and if you have not listened to the track, you are missing a whole lot of awesomeness.

Genre: Hip-hop
Date Released: April 13, 2010
Label: Grand Hustle Records

The sixth Album Art of The Week is Paramore’s Brand New Eyes, the band’s third studio effort. The album art’s usage of the butterfly added some touches of surrealism which I really liked. The font for the album title also caught my attention. Simply fantastic in my honest opinion. As for my review of this album by Paramore, here is the link: Brand New Eyes review
Author’s note: This entry is meant to be a review-journal about the concert. The author feels that if this entry was to be made into one whole entry, it would be a very long one. Therefore, this entry shall be split into three parts. This is the third of three.

Thank you!

Up next was another old song by them, and personally my live favorite, Pressure. I love this song not just because it’s great live, but also because of Jeremy’s acrobatics here. Hahaha. I finally got to see the legendary “Pressure flip” with my own two (four) eyes! Jeremy usually does it with Josh, but since Josh wasn’t there, Taylor was the one who stepped up to the task of executing the flip with Jeremy. AND MAN, IT SURE WAS SOME HARDCORE STUFF! I can now die a happy and fulfilled person. Hahaha.

They played For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic next. What can I say? As with most Paramore songs, it was full of energy, and the crowd showed no signs of tiredness even after nearly a quarter of an hour of jumping and shouting.

Before playing Where The Lines Overlap, Hayley once again expressed her thanks and surprise on our overwhelming support for them. She looked around then read a read a sign by fan which said, “Hayley, will you go to the ball with me?” She kidded around for a while, saying that she’s never been to a ball before. She also asked the guy if he was going to buy her flowers. Hahahaha! She turned around to face her bandmates and said: “Guys, I got a date. I got a date in Manila.” We all laughed out loud and cheered.

Where The Lines Overlap is a great song live! I am not kidding on this one. In the end of the song, Hayley asked us to sing “whoa” again and again until she signalled us to stop. Man! All of us were so into it – with fists up! It was a tiring thing, but it was definitely enjoyable and awesome way to end the song instead of the one in the album.

Hayley then promised that they’d come back. “There is no way that we are going to wait another five years before we come back here! There’s no way we’re gonna stay away from Manila that long,” she said. We all cheered! She didn’t bother to hide her amazement that they have a MASSIVE fanbase from halfway around the world.

She also added that Jeremy was so excited to see that there were so many McDonalds tents inside the concert grounds. They love it. Seeing McDonald’s in a concert.

Hahaha! Then Hayley said she was craving for a cheeseburger. She asked us who among us wanted cheeseburgers. Nearly everyone cheered and raised their hands. “We love you! We feel like we’re family now,” Hayley then said to us.

To finish the (honestly short) show off, they played arguably the song that made them such a big act here in the Philippines, Decode. Obviously, nearly everyone was singing along to this song. Oh the Twilight connection. After the song, they just left the stage.

Of course, we didn’t want the concert to end just like that. So we kept on chanting “MORE! MORE! MORE!” until they would come out for the encore.

A few minutes later, the band was back! Hayley then talked about why Josh wasn’t with them, and introduced his replacement, Justin York to us. We cheered for him.

Then, it was back to business, to rock. A pre-recorded intro to Misery Business played, and we were going wild again! Everyone began to jump around and sing along loudly again! I also finally heard the line “I’m sorry MANILA, but I passed out, now look this way!” and heard that horrendously catchy solo! The fangirl in me was going deliriously happy!

After Misery Business, Hayley asked us if we could just not wait for them to come back. Of course, we shouted “YES!” introduced one of their long-time crew members, Will Barrett, to the audience. She then asked us if it was okay with us if they took a parting picture with him using us, the audience, as the background. Of course, we cheered in agreement!

Before the next song, Hayley also said that “We love our Filipino fans, and we love everyone who flew in and drove from far, far away to come and see us tonight. We will never take a single second for granted. We can’t wait to come back and come rock out with you guys again!” We all cheered, yet again.

Then their final song for the night, and honestly my all-time favorite Paramore song, Brick by Boring Brick played. We were all shouting out loud now, especially at the last part with the “pa-rap-pap” part! Woohoo!

After the song, Taylor suddenly went to the drums and played a drum solo, on the spot. Meanwhile, the other band member threw various stuff towards the audience. Hayley gave away her two bottles of water and dark rimmed glasses, Zac gave away his drumsticks, Justin and Jeremy threw their guitar picks and bottles of water. Lucky people who managed to get them. C: After this, they went near the drums and started to headbang! INTENSE STUFF! And then, Zac got one of his crash cymbals and threw it to the ground. ROCKING STUFF!

Then it was all over. One hour of rocking goodness from my favorite band. I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed it. I sure did. Seeing them live is really an amazing and surreal thing. I can’t believe it’s all over. I wonder when will I be able to get this feeling of utter happiness and joy, even just for an hour, again.

I do really hope they come back soon.

This ends the ParaThrilla In Manila series of posts. The series was named as such due to the text written on Hayley Williams’ shirt. All the entries were posted by the blog’s most avid Paramore fan, Kim. Please do comment in the entries if possible!

Author’s note (Kim)This entry is meant to be a review-journal about the concert. The author feels that if this entry was to be made into one whole entry, it would be a very long one. Therefore, this entry shall be split into three parts. This is the second of three.

Thank you!

The ParaCrew finally set up the equipment for Paramore! The crowd was going wild! The backdrop was set, and the instruments were being fine-tuned.

And after a quarter of an hour, at about 8:30PM, the main event finally began!

The crowd was really going wild then, as Taylor plugged into his amp and started playing a short riff, which sounded very much like Ignorance. Nearly everyone in the crowd whipped out their cameras and started to take in pictures and videos.

After a while, the rest of the band took their places, with Hayley receiving the loudest screams from the audience, quite predictably. They then proceeded to play the intro directly leading into Ignorance. The crowd was really wild already with all the jumping and screaming along to the song’s lyrics!

After the high energy song, Zac started playing a really funky beat leading to crushcrushcrush. The crowd was really pumped now! Hayley shouted “KAMUSTA KAYO?! It’s nice to meet you Manila, thank you!” (Jio’s Note: This translates to How are you? It’s nice to meet you Manila, thank you!) to our deafening cheers. The crowd was so hyper during the song! Everyone was singing along and jumping around!

That’s What You Get and Looking Up followed in the same fashion. The band looked like they were having a blast! I was enjoying too much during this time that I didn’t notice I got robbed of my cellphone. (R.I.P cellphone)

After Looking Up, Hayley told us that “this is a mighty big show for our first time here in Manila!” She told us too how cool it was to get this kind of reception for their first time here. (Yeah!)

She then asked us a question, and requested us to answer it honestly. She asked us to raise our hand if we owned their latest album, brand new eyes. She was surprised to see most people raise theirs. Then she asked those people who didn’t own it to raise their hands. A number of people did. Laughter echoed throughout the concert grounds.

They dedicated the next song to those people who didn’t have their latest album. It is the first song on brand new eyes – Careful. IT WAS SO INTENSE. It was here that all of us stood witness to Zac’s insane drumming skills. If the drumming sounded awesome in the album, more so live. He was in a league of his own! Not to mention Hayley’s powerful vocals, Jeremy’s sick bass lines, and the rocking guitars.

Let The Flames Begin followed. I loved their live version of it. I mean, who can go wrong with them playing “The Final Riot!” version with the tremendously passionate outro?! I was left open-mouthed at Hayley’s voice then and there. Of course, I’ve seen videos off YouTube, but this is the real deal! Hearing her sing live was PHENOMENAL.

Hayley then talked about their first album, All We Know Is Falling, which was released five years ago in 2005. They can’t believe that they’ve never stopped here in Manila… until that night. They wanted to play a song from that album. But first thing’s first, Hayley got her yellow tambourine. Everyone cheered as she got it, and then suddenly we heard a person near the front repeatedly screaming, “I love you Hayley!!!” Hayley turned around and pointed to that person and replied, “Love you!” I bet that person whom she said that just died of sheer happiness.

She told us that the next song is about “love… gone terribly wrong.” The familiar tune of Never Let This Go played! Honestly, this was the first Paramore song I really fell in love with. It’s just amazing. Even though this song is from their debut album, most people knew this and started singing along. I’m pretty sure the band was really happy.

The next song they played was a song they just released a music video for, The Only Exception. Hayley, in behalf of the band, thanks their friend, Brandon Chesbro, for directing it. Hayley described it as the first love song they have ever written; she felt that there was a lot of love going around that night, so it’s only fitting that they play that song. They dedicated this song to some kids from the Love146 Round Home. Hayley said that they are honored that these children attended their concert. By the way, Love146 is a charity against child trafficking and exploitation. Paramore fervently support this charity, and it was shown as every instrument the band members played had a Love146 sticker on them.

During the song, nearly everyone brought out their cameras and cellphones and started to wave them high in the air and sang along in unison. Hayley even remarked halfway through the song that we sounded good! Hahaha!

This ends the second part of the three-part series describing the recent concert held in Manila. The author really is an avid Paramore fan. Stay tuned for the conclusion of this series.

Author’s note (Kim): This entry is meant to be a review-journal about the concert. The author feels that if this entry was to be made into one whole entry, it would be a very long one. Therefore, this entry shall be split into three parts. This is the first of three.

Thank you!

Paramore is an American rock band composed of Hayley Williams (vocals), Josh Farro (guitar), Jeremy Davis (bass guitar), Zac Farro (drums), and Taylor York (guitar). As you all know, I am a very big Paramore fan. So when rumors started floating around in the middle of November last year that they would be performing here in Manila on the 9th of March next year (2010) for their Pacific tour in support of their latest album, brand new eyes, I was quite skeptical. I mean, after two rumors (the supposed January 08 concert and the July 08 concert) before this, nothing ever materialized. But this rumor was different from the other two. The ticket prices, venue, date and promoter were even mentioned. Man! I was only waiting for the official announcement in the band’s official website( so my dream of seeing them live here finally comes true.

True enough, a week later, the announcement came! So, as the very big fan I am, I immediately bought the Gold tickets (yeah, not the VIP, it’s too expensive) and eagerly counted down the days before THE date.

A few days before the band left to start their Asia-Pacific tour in Japan, Josh Farro announced in their Livejournal account that he would be sitting out the tour because he was preparing for his wedding. Taylor’s brother, Justin York, would be filling in his place in this tour.

Along with many fans, I was really bummed, and at the same time, happy. I was bummed because I wouldn’t be able to see him in the flesh and to see him play. It sucks. But I was happy for him because at least, he finally is going to settle down.

Fast forward to about a hundred days later.

This is it. March 9, 2010. My first ever concert, and it is my favorite band that I am going to watch, live.

Here is my personal account on how the night went.

6:30PM – I arrived at the concert grounds, along with my friend, who is also a huge Paramore fan. The line was REALLY long already in all the sections (Gold, Silver, and Bronze), well, except the VIP one. People started going in already, and good thing we found a friend who was willing to let us cut the line. Hahaha.

We went inside after going through two security checks. The security checks were there to see if we actually had the guts to smuggle in bottled water, DSLRs, and all those other prohibited things. Good thing, the bouncer didn’t notice that I brought a 500mL bottle in. Well, I had an umbrella inside my bag too so he might have mistaken the bulge in my bag for my umbrella. Thank goodness for that deceiving feel.

As we were walking to our places, we were shocked. The Gold section was directly in front of the stage, divided into the left and right portions. WHAT?! Yeah, directly in front! We asked around, and it seemed like the organizers switched the VIP and Gold places at the last minute for “the safety of the VIP concertgoers”. Wow. That’s a good thing for us who were in Gold, but I pity those who shelled out 10k just to be placed at the back of us. (Jio’s Note: The VIPs did get some compensation though. They received one unreleased concert shirt plus five signed photos by the band. What a tasty package.)

Well, here’s the most challenging part, — waiting.

More or less an hour later, some of the ParaCrew were setting up and fixing things on the stage, and they took a group picture with the audience as a backdrop. Every time a crew member went on stage to do soundchecks and to tune the instruments, we started cheering, in hopes that Paramore would see the massive crowd waiting for them. Hahaha.

Then, guess who went up on stage? None other than DJ’s TonyToni, SlickRick and SamYG of Boys’ Night Out to introduce that night’s program! We were all going wild then. They introduced the opening act, Callalily.

At about quarter to 8PM, Callalily started playing. OK, I won’t elaborate further on this. I’ll just say the crowd was unresponsive and “dead”. Way to go to show our dislike for Callalily opening for Paramore! Mr. Cipriano even had the guts to say that he loves Hayley Williams. Most of us just muttered: “WEH.”

Some flashed the finger while they were playing (guilty). Some made the “shoo” hand wave (guilty again). And some just didn’t care and talked to one another (guilty yet again).

Finally, after 30 minutes of utter ear-rape, Callalily’s set was done.

We had to wait for Paramore. Again.

This ends the first part of the three-part series describing the recent Paramore concert held in Manila. The author really is an avid Paramore fan. Stay tuned for parts two and three.

Paramore’s music video for The Only Exception is finally out! Hayley Williams returns to her orange-colored hair for this one. I still hope to see her sporting a blonde hair look soon just like what she strutted for Brick By Boring Brick. After a storyline-driven video for Brick By Boring BrickThe Only Exception takes the same route. I can honestly say that Paramore’s recent videos are getting better and more interesting. Let us just hope that they continue delivering us with more masterpieces like this.

For my review of Paramore’s recent album Brand New Eyes, please click this link: Brand New Eyes review

This is the first of the Valentine Playlists that I would be posting today! This playlist was done by Gem. You may have seen her Glee: The Music Volume 2 review (Click the link to read it: HERE) already in the blog. This time around, she contributes by sending in her Valentine Playlist. If you want to visit Gem’s blog, here is the link: CLICK

1. Daughters – John Mayer

They say girls tend to like guys who are like their fathers. Deep and poignant, this John Mayer ballad tells us why this is so, and how parental love is the foundation of a person’s concept of the emotion.

2. Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Buble

For the man who works hard to find the girl of his dreams, this song is for you. Plus it’s really fun and catchy.

3. The Bird and the Worm – Owl City

Owl City songs are so cutesy and metaphorical that listeners tend to get lost in the song, but singer-songwriter Adam Young managed to make a great mix of melody and content to become this really gleeful song about the exhilaration of being with your special someone.

4. The Only Exception – Paramore

This song stands out in Paramore latest album, Brand New Eyes, because of its relatively slower tempo, but that’s not all that makes this song good. It has a great story and most anyone who experienced the healing power of love will attest to that.

5. Love Today – Mika

Someone should make this the official theme song of Valentine’s Day, nuff said.

6. Naman Kasi – Nicole Hyala

OPM love songs tend to go towards the cheesy side, but this song…well, it’s just so ridiculously cheesy that it’s tons of fun to listen to. Come on, who aren’t guilty of loving such lines as “Bangin ka ba kasi nahuhulog na ako sa yo?”.

7. Out of My League – Stephen Speaks

There’s something about this song that’s so enchanting. Perhaps it’s because it’s every girl’s fantasy to have a guy like her as much as this guy in the song does; for guys, fall in love with a girl that’s totes out of reach. Beautiful.

8. I’ll Cover You – Rent

A sweet and simple duet that went on to become one of the most memorable Broadway love songs.

9. What A Good Boy – The Barenaked Ladies

A really cool song about the triumph of love over pressure and problems in life.

10. You and I Both – Jason Mraz

I just love happy breakup songs, and Jason Mraz makes the best ones. If only all guys were as un-bitter as this one.

11. My Junk – Spring Awakening

Because “Crush” just doesn’t cut it anymore these days.

12. Sunday Morning – Maroon 5

With its feel good tone and Adam’s pretty lovable voice, this song is a perfect accompaniment to a walk in the park with your loved ones or a karaoke party with your friends.

13. 1234 – Feist

Love can get very strange and unpredictable and it can’t work out for the best for everyone. The childlike quirkiness of this song share that feeling in the the most lighthearted way possible. And the music video is so cool.

14. These Words – Natasha Bedingfield

“I love you”, sometimes there are just no others words to say it. This song is a testament to the strange phenomenon of the power of those three words.

These songs were contributed by Gem Carpio aka VitaminGem. Gem is 16 years old and currently a BS Electronics and Communications Engineering freshman in the University of the Philippines – Diliman. She enjoys music more than anything and if engineering doesn’t work out for her, she’d really like to be a performer. Her favorite song is Yellow and her favorite color is orange. She enjoys listening to fun songs from fun artists like Mika, Lady GaGa, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, Lily Allen, Kate Nash, and The Beatles. She also really likes Broadway musicals and ball games that involve knocking things over.

We are now in the stretch drive as the final part (Part VII) approaches. So far, the comments have been pretty constructive. Just keep them coming! I reply to most of the comments anyway. Also, the songs that got included starting from Part IV are now RANKED ACCORDINGLY. Let us get the ball rolling now!
#20 We Are Golden – Mika
From: The Boy Who Knew Too Much
When I heard this song, I quickly thought of Gospel meets High School Musical all due to the choirs that Mika used in this song. Still, I find the song to be convincing enough that all the success that Mika garnered in his previous effort Life In Cartoon Motion was not a fluke at all.
#19 Fireflies – Owl City
From: Ocean Eyes
I got to say that I initially considered Fireflies to be one of the gayest songs that I have heard in my entire life. However, after being convinced to just listen to the song, I liked it. Adam Young’s vocals are top-notch and the lyrics absolutely made sense. The synthesizer’s presence is very lovely as well.
#18 Brick By Boring Brick – Paramore
From: Brand New Eyes
Clearly the best song in Brand New EyesBrick By Boring Brick‘s opening riff is simply a touch of musical genius. Once you hear it, you’ll immediately know that the track can grow on you and boy, it did wonderfully. The music video is very good too. Sadly, Hayley Williams has ditched her blonde hair already.
#17 Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh) – Pixie Lott
From: Turn It Up
This song clearly told one strong message: Pixie Lott will be one of UK’s biggest artists soon enough. Her voice is very charming and her vocal range is simply off the charts. I just sincerely hope that Miss Pixie Lott does not get overrated. Seriously, I am really hoping for her not to be overrated.
#16 Revelry – Kings Of Leon
From: Only By The Night
The fourth single out of the American band’s 4th studio effort sounds very mellow and not as loud as Use Somebody. Caleb Followill’s vocals remain as one of the best rock vocals I have ever heard this year. Though weirdly enough, I really liked the song all because of the drums done by Caleb’s brother, Nathan.
#15 Just Say Yes – Snow Patrol
From: Up To Now
With Snow Patrol trying to change things up a bit, Just Say Yes ended up as the product of their efforts. Just Say Yes sounds very new and fresh. The surprising incorporation of the synthesizer is simply brilliant. Lyrics may be cheesy but they work.
#14 Zero – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
From: It’s Blitz!
Karen O is simply one of the best female vocalists ever. Her vocals sound mesmerizing, fresh, and simply one-of-a-kind. Zero is a very innovative rock song. The warbling beat from the synthesizer is also special and very likeable as well. The Yeah Yeahs just never cease to make well-crafted music.
#13 TiK ToK – Ke$ha
From: Animal
You may know Ke$ha for her work in Flo Rida’s Right Round single. That Flo Rida single was actually her big break. Now, we now see how Ke$ha can work as a solo artist with TiK ToKTiK ToK is a very sexy party song filled with infectious pop hook. Simply awesome stuff and it has been on repeat in my iTunes playlist for a long time already.
#12 Undisclosed Desires – Muse
From: The Resistance
Undisclosed Desires lets one see Muse try incorporating some R&B into their music. Matt Bellamy’s vocals remain as awesome as ever. The song sounds very much like it got produced from Timbaland but heck, the song sounds very groovy added with the creativity that only Muse can give. Pretty awesome stuff.
#11 Under The Sheets – Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding surprised me with this song. I initially thought that this single would be nothing special and simply trash. All of these opinions changed after hearing the song. Goulding’s vocals are absolutely special and the song showcases it well – all parts of the song feature her rich vocals. The song is not your ordinary pop tune. It’s way more than that. Ellie Goulding is one artist to look out in 2010.

Paramore, composed of Hayley Williams (Vocals), Josh Farro (Lead guitar), Jeremy Davis (Bass), Zac Farro (Drums), and Taylor York (Rhythm guitar), has released two albums with success before Brand New Eyes. With Brand New Eyes, the band hopes to carry the momentum built by the mainstream success of its predecessor, Riot! which spawned several singles with Misery Business being the most notable.

Opening the band out of Tennessee’s third studio effort is CarefulCareful‘s opening riff does put some needed edge into the song. Careful opens Brand New Eyes with aplomb – putting the edge that a rock record must have right from the word ‘go.’ Careful definitely set the tone of Brand New Eyes with it giving out some high energy that is typical from Paramore.

Ignorance, the first single released from the album, does possess some catchy lyrics. The line “Ignorance is your new best friend” is definitely brilliant. The song is absolutely good but not really great as some people may think. The guitar riff is great but after listening to the song, I wondered does Paramore’s guitar work ever change? They sort of sound the same.

The next track blew me away absolutely. I call the third track Brand New Eyes’ “hidden gem.” Playing God amazed me with a very mesmerizing guitar intro. After feeling disappointed with the guitar work done on Ignorance, Playing God definitely changed my perceptions. A catchy chorus does help matters big time as well.

Brick By Boring Brick is definitely the best track out of Brand New Eyes. Once one hears the opening riff, he will surely love the song. The track’s totally inspired and the lyrics show it. This is where everything fell into place for Paramore. Absolutely one of their best songs ever.

Turn It Off’s guitar work sounds great. The lyrics sound smart as well. The song is not really heavy as compared to some Paramore songs like Misery Business but the song does have the charm to be a favorite among fans and non-fans alike.

The Only Exception is the best among the slow songs in the newest effort. The song is a relaxing one yet still remains pleasing to the ears. This is where one finally hears a toned down Hayley Williams. I can say that a toned down Hayley absolutely is ace.

Feeling Sorry, which Williams said was a song of “self-empowerment”, does look to be an album filler. The song’s message is good and all yet I just cannot appreciate the song no matter what I try to do. I consider this to be a weak track in Brand New Eyes.

Looking Up, the song which has been described by Williams as her favorite, responds to rumors about the band breaking up. “God knows the world does not need another band. But what a waste it would’ve been.” The band delivers the message with intensity. And thank goodness, they remain intact.

The next song also delivers a message about the rumored break-up of the band. Where The Lines Overlap lets one hear the band return to their typical uptempo style of music. The song is good and the way the message about the rumored break-up was delivered is brilliant.

Paramore attempts at being folksy through Misguided GhostsMisguided Ghosts is another slow song included in the record. Unlike The Only Exception though, Misguided Ghosts just does not have the “Wow Factor” in it. Another weak track in the album, in my honest opinion.

Closing out Brand New Eyes is the heavy and edgy All I Wanted. Hayley Williams’ vocal range is clearly seen in this song. At first, I felt the song was a little bit contrived but after a few listens, the song did grow on me. The song is triumphant and manages to make the listener feel good about themselves.

Outstanding tracks would be Ignorance, Brick By Boring BrickPlaying GodThe Only Exception, and the closing track All I Wanted. All in all, Brand New Eyes is a step forward for Paramore after the frankly disappointing Riot! Brand New Eyes lets one see the band try incorporating other elements and genres into their craft and this makes Brand New Eyes an exceptional record.

Genre: Rock
Date Released: September 25, 2009
Label: Fueled By Ramen