Paramore - Paramore

by Greg Spencer Rating:9 Release Date:2013-04-08

Paramore's fourth album is the band's first full-length release since the departure of founding members and brothers Zac and Josh Farro. The band now have a more varied sound, one which gives them a really expansive feel and Paramore a mature yet completely natural tone.

With each album have released, their sound has improved and every release has felt like the band are stepping in the right direction. This album is no different. Starting off with 'Fast in My Car', it gets off to a great start and the pace is pitched perfectly. We instantly know we're on familiar ground.

However, there's a sense that Paramore have spruced up. In fact, the first four songs on the record are all equally strong. There's the first single, 'Now', which has the usual pop vibe we're used to but offers a weird and more alternative tonal quality. 'Grow Up', meanwhile, sounds like it's aimed directly at the former members who's departure wasn't particularly amicable, yet Williams sounds like she isn't completely pointing the finger in the Farro brothers' direction and she may be attempting to bury the hatchet.

One of the triumphs of the record is how quick it breezes by; it's over an hour long with 17 tracks but it never gets dull or samey at any point. 'Still into You' is an example of how brilliant Paramore really are. They can pull off the slick guitar lines, the thick rhythms, but in the end the songs remain effortlessly catchy.

Many people believed that 2009's Brand New Eyes would be the best Paramore album for some time. There's so much quality on that album, but this offers up a turning point in the band's career. This isn't just another album to add to your collection; this is the band at their peak and if you don't like it, chances are you probably won't ever like the band. This is a group who have matured but are still learning, and it means their music isn't just flimsy pop-punk, it actually means something to them and the fans who've grown up with them.

There aren't really any notable negatives. The interludes weren't too necessary and added little but it's a very small aspect to an extremely enjoyable album which should get the plaudits it fully deserves.

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