Paramore's Better Brand of Modern Rock

Sep. 28, 2009
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A guilty pleasure that grows less guilty and more pleasurable with each album, Paramore packs all the thrills of their male-fronted emo-rock peers, but leaves behind none of the slimy residue. The groupís latest, Brand New Eyes, out today, is their tightest and fiercest yet, a Trojan horse of a record with seemingly lightweight punk songs that disguise a whole lot of brute force. Most of the firepower comes from singer Hayley Williams, whose girlish shouts have evolved into a confident roar. She towers over these songs, covering them with expectorate.

Brand New Eyes gets better as it progresses, as its early by-the-numbers ďMisery BusinessĒ rehashes give way to more adventurous punk and sneered ballads, the best of which, ďAll I Wanted,Ē closes the album with Williamsí thunderous, banshee wail. If that track is given the single treatment, it will be one of the most awesome buzz ballads to grace modern-rock radio this decade, but itís got a lot of competition. Thereís no shortage of potential singles for Paramore to choose from on this one.


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