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After gaining hordes of enthusiastic fans worldwide with their debut All We Know Is Falling, Paramore is poised to breakthrough to new heights with their newest offering Riot! Their sophomore record, produced by David Bendeth (Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) is due in stores everywhere June 12th. Lead single Misery Business, in addition to other album tracks, deals with issues of shame and self-discovery as lead-singer Hayley Williams discusses. I've been ashamed, she says. I've felt hate, jealously, lust, fear, pride, self-consciousness... You hear a lot of this on the record. I feel like I need to talk about it. It is not uncommon for Paramore to expose their emotions and allow fans to have such an intimate look into their lives. While recording the track Born For This, the band invited a handful of fans into the studio to sing back-up vocals on the song. Fans have responded by voting Paramore as the #1 Best New Band in Kerrang! magazine, beating out Panic! at the Disco among others, and Alternative Press magazine has named Riot! as one of their most anticipated releases of 2007. Brothers Josh and Zac Farro (on guitar and drums respectively), as well as Jeremy Davis (on bass), round out the enthusiastic Franklin, TN based quartet. This year finds the band bringing their energetic live show to fans in cities worldwide. This spring the band will embark on a 20+ date sold-out headlining club tour, including the now-legendary Bamboozle festival. Following a stint on the European club circuit, the band will return to the States this summer with a coveted main stage slot on the Vans Warped Tour.

Ah, youth: the exuberance, the energy, the blistering highs and bottomless depths. It’s an ideal breeding ground for true rock & roll belief. Hence, the youngsters of Paramore unearth geysers of loud, sugary angst on Riot!, their major label debut and follow-up to 2005’s All We Know Is Falling. Small-town musicians who have played together for years, Paramore boasts the appeal of an emo-pop blast developed out of savvy songwriting and musicianship. The sweet spot the band hits--somewhere between Avril Lavigne and All-American Rejects--comes naturally. Lead singer Hayley Williams, barely 18, has big-time vocal depth and genuine charisma besides, and while her singing can sound a little contrived, she delivers with such end-of-the-world conviction that it’s an easy flaw to forgive. Bright and catchy melodies abound, but songs like "Misery Business" and "Miracle" also feature razor-sharp cadences and ultra-clean transitions. Too clean, actually. The production is crystal clear, which accentuates the stumbles (mostly on the ballads) and robs these whippersnappers of the messy highs they surely achieve playing live. But some things can’t be entirely glossed over, and while the more aged among us will sip our Scotch and make fun of their adolescent shenanigans, we’ll also be surreptitiously listening on our iPods after we put the kids to bed. --Matthew Cooke

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. For a Pessimist I'm Pretty Optimistic
  2. That's What You Get
  3. Hallelujah
  4. Misery Business
  5. When It Rains
  6. Let the Flames Begin
  7. Miracle
  8. CruchCrushCrush
  9. We Are Broken
  10. Fences
  11. Born For This

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fueled By Ramen
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Williams on December 5, 2007
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Paramore's known for attracting a pretty young crowd, and that's understandable given how young the band itself is. But I'm a 35 year old guy who's gotten just as hooked on them as any of their teen audience. This is just some great rock music, with great hooks in almost every song and some amazing musicianship all around. Hopefully they'll continue to mature and continue to broaden their fan base as they progress.

The MVI DVD was my first Paramore purchase, and it's a great buy. I have to give special mention to the fact that there are actual mp3's on this disc for you to download to your PC - no DRM involved. That's gotta be something pretty new for Warner Music (the band is signed to Fueled by Ramen, but Warner apparently handles the distribution), and I hope that they continue doing it and that more labels follow suit. There are a ton of other great extras on the DVD, including live and promotional videos (the two things I cared about most) as well as other stuff I was less interested in like wallpapers, AIM icons, and screensavers. It also includes the lyrics to all of the songs on the album, which is a good thing in this case - the printed liner notes are written in a style that's pretty hard to read.

Just to be clear about what this comes with, since I think the Amazon page is a little confusing, this package comes with both a DVD and a regular audio CD that includes the full album plus bonus tracks. (Amazon shows "disc 2" above as only including the bonus tracks, which is not the case. It's the full album.) In other words, *both discs* have the full album - the only difference is the format. And of course the DVD has all the extras.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mike VINE VOICE on October 1, 2008
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I really want to hate this kind of album. I'm pushing 30 (clearly not the target audience). I was around when the first wave of emo collapsed in the late 90s. For me a lot of the current emo bands have a "been there, done that" feel to them and generally prompt me to say "The Get up Kids did it better 10 years ago". I was shocked when this album really only had one clunker on the whole thing (Hallelujah). I'm used to one or two good songs from these new emo bands, not 11.

This band is actually pretty good, especially for such a young group. They have a strong female vocalist, sing-a-long choruses and good pop sensibilities. Unlike 99% of emo bands, they also have a good sense of rhythm (even the older emo bands generally struggled with that). Probably the best emo album released lately by someone other than Jimmy Eat World. It doesn't surprise me that the kids love this album. I can see why. It's good.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By lipgloss_and_letdown on June 12, 2007
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Note: I give this 3.5 stars.

The boys want to marry her, & the girls want to be her. Hayley Williams, and the darlings from Franklin, Tennessee are back with one of the most anticipated releases of the year, "Riot!".

These guys popped out of nowhere in 2005 to give the world a top notched produced record with "All We Know Is Falling", it sparked an ongoing debate if this band was a product of a major corporation as band. Though the band has denied the claims, it was unoften you see such a young band to come out of no where to release a near perfect release was far too perfect. I don't think anyone in the band was legal; their drummer was 14! Ever since then, they have kept growing. I loved their first record, and really was looking forward to this record, but i still havent gotten a final verdict on this record.

The growth of the band is present. The record starts off with the heart pounding "For A Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic". The guitars are at the best the band has ever been. Vocally, Hayley is stunning on the amazing, "Hallelujah", and "Let The Flames Begin". Her vocals remain solid all the way through. Lyrically, one of the most "heart on sleeve" record's i've ever heard. Hayley obviously has been doing a lot of searching and questioning in her life, and it comes through in the songs. It's common knowledge that the band are Christians, and she sings it on her sleeve. But unlike other bands that do so, they appoarch it in a manner i think the only word to decribe is it, real. She doesn't candy coat it, and talks about a lot of emotions and situations many people go through; Christian or not.

I do like the record, but i honestly feel they played it somewhat safely.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Darth Wader on March 20, 2008
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Yes, there are very few Chick Singer bands that I enjoy, probably because it feels weird to sing along with them. No Doubt was great back in the day. Evanescence and Flyleaf have done well for themselves. I was a big Hole and The Muffs fan for about one album and even Babes In Toyland. And Superchick and BarlowGirl have there moments. But in the world of rock, it is a man's world...until Hayley Williams has come and shown that she is the real deal. Paramore's Riot is exciting, and although it is not necessarily original in the sound, it is somehow fresh. From the beginning guitar in "For A Pessimist..." I was hooked. This album is catchy, exploding with bursts of pop-punk energy. Of course, "Misery Business" is an awesome song, but there are many other great songs on this album. I find myself listening all the way through without skipping, and yep, I am singing along all the way!
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