Year 4, Day 26: Paramore – Paramore
- Fast in My Car
- Grow Up
- Interlude: Moving On
- Ain’t It Fun
- Part II
- Last Hope
- Still into You
- Interlude: Holiday
- Hate to See Your Heart Break
- (One of Those) Crazy Girls
- Interlude: I’m Not Angry Anymore
- Be Alone
About the Album
Paramore, is the self-titled fourth studio album by American rock band, Paramore. Recorded in April of 2012 as well as late June through November 2012, the album was released April 5th 2013 through Fueled by Ramen in the United States and Warner Bros. worldwide. Commercially speaking, the album was a massive success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200. The album is currently certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Thoughts on the Album
As some of you probably already know, I do like Paramore. I can’t explain why really… well that’s technically not true. I mean, I could explain why, but this is not the time to be discussing philosophy. Simply put: they are a fun band to listen to and I honestly don’t feel any guilt about listening to them either. I digress. Today’s album is the fourth studio album by Paramore, their self-titled album.
I do have a complaint about this album in that it’s pacing is strange to me. It’s 64 minutes and 17 tracks, it probably could have been shortened by a few tracks and still hold it’s edge. I just felt, not lost, but bogged down. The time signature changes from track to track is also slightly jarring, going from mid to slower tempo to quick tempo. Those are my only real complaints about this album. But every album has it’s flaws and this one is no different.
Okay with that out of the way, let’s discuss why I like this album. It’s a more experimental album in that the dabble in ALL of the genres. There is something that is bound to appeal to everyone here. Whether it’s the sultry electro-rock Fast in My Car or the odd funk-rock Ain’t it Fun to the massively catchy Still Into You. As always, Hayley Williams’ voice shines on the album. She sings with such power and authority that her voice could lead armies… or stop time itself. Hayley Williams’ vocals imbue each album with such robust charisma, regardless of whether it’s tracks like Now, Still Into You, or the three softer Ukulele Interudes.
I thought that this album not only stayed true to the band’s original sound and style, but experimented with different styles as well. Take for example the massively (and infectiously) catchy Still Into You. It’s classic Paramore, except made even better. The chorus (and hook) is so massive and soaring that it’ll get stuck in your head for days at a time.
Fast in My Car, the upbeat and sultry electro-rocker with the 90s guitar-driven rock vibe album opener. The drums at the start of song pace the song. It is one of the best rockers on this album, along with Grow Up. Looking for a bridge from brand new eyes to this album? Well look no further than the tracks Proof, Be Alone, and Last Hope. Those tracks are very much similar to the sound and style found on brand new eyes. The track Now reminds be a lot of Monster or Careful; the guitar chords and drums power the track and will have you foot tapping or singing along to it. Part II I’m guessing is a direct response to Riot!‘s Let the Flames Begin. For me, following Ain’t it Fun, Part II made my jaw drop. It has an explosive chorus, an awesome instrumental section, and an incredibly beautiful excellent ending.
I understand why most long-time Paramore fans hate tracks Ain’t it Fun and Still Into You (especially Still Into You). Those two tracks are easily the most pop-like or poppiest (is this even a word?) tracks they have ever made to date. With Still Into You, it’s not some sappy generic love song. Nah man, there’s a difference… it’s an honest one. I mean rather describing just how she loves this person in question, Williams highlights how they first fell in love and how they still love each other even if there isn’t consistent and clear chemistry between them. Ain’t it Fun on the other hand steals the show with it’s infectious blend of 90s pop-rock, funk, and a choir. A choir.It’s pristine, sharp, and clear production make this track a cut above the rest. Combine that with it’s hugely catchy chorus, and you had a recipe for one of 2013’s best songs.
While I would have preferred the album closer, Future, to end with a massive Hayley Williams send off rather than five minutes of instrumentals, this album highlights a great transitional/experimental album. While I feel like the consistency is hit or miss on the album, it’s still a decent album that’ll have you replaying it. While I’ll also admit, the album’s probably not for everyone, but it certainly has something for everyone.