Year 3, Day 38: Paramore – brand new eyes
- Playing God
- Brick by Boring Brick
- Turn it Off
- The Only Exception
- Feeling Sorry
- Looking Up
- Where the Lines Overlap
- Misguided Ghosts
- All I Wanted
About the Album
Brand New Eyes is the third studio album from American rock band, Paramore. Recorded in early 2009, the album was released in late September the same year through Fueled By Ramen Records. The album topped the charts in many different countries worldwide, as well as debuted at number two on the United States Billboard 200. It is the band’s highest charting album to date and has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (or RIAA).
Thoughts on the Album
I have no qualms about listening to Paramore. None whatsoever. I love Hayley Williams’ voice. It is a powerful voice that can carry an album. I’m pretty sure Hayley Williams’ voice could help her lead an army of infantrymen, just based off of her trills alone. Williams is one dynamic frontwoman who regularly commands and captivates audiences at live concerts. Of course, the rest of the band are no slouches either. But it’s with this album that the rest of band plays alongside not just behind her. That is an important distinction to make… and this no better made by today’s album, brand new eyes.
As with most albums, the key is momentum. How does the album open? The opening track makes all the difference between someone listening to the whole album, or someone just pressing skip. brand new eyes‘ opening track, Careful, opens with streamlined punchy, yet clean guitar lines and aggressive drum lines. The track brings those same damned punchy hooks that Riot! packed only with renewed vigor.
Tracks like Ignorance and Brick by Boring Brick help bring the energy and power in the first half of the album. Both tracks, along with the fourth track, Playing God, carry the momentum that Careful brought. But whereas Ignorance and Brick by Boring Brick are more aggressive songs in both sound and pace, Playing God slows it down slightly. But the beauty and allure of this album isn’t just the fast-paced and heavy-hitting tracks. There is magic found in the slower tempo tracks like Playing God, Turn It Off, The Only Exception, and Misguided Ghosts. It is these tracks that highlight Hayley Williams’ abilities as a songwriter and lyricist.
Of course, it is not until the track The Only Exception, where Williams slows down (and tones down) the sonic assault. The band’s centerpiece ballad is an quiet, acoustic number that while contrasts with the rest of the generally heavy-hitting tracks. Williams on The Only Exception has no problems hitting both low and high notes, as she shows off an incredible vocal range.
If you’ve since listened to RIOT! and All We Know Is Falling previous to that, you could see the progression from those two albums. It is akin to growing up and maturing. While we’re at it, lets be honest here, if it was any other female vocalist singing, then this band wouldn’t be Paramore. It would completely different. A down-to-earth and simultaneously top-of-the-world effort that was clearly the band’s best album as of 2009. brand new eyes is a perfect combination of heavy-hitting tracks that pack muscle and melody and harmonies. Give it a listen!