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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. Its 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 2005s 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 its 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 cant be entirely glossed over, and while the more aged among us will sip our Scotch and make fun of their adolescent shenanigans, well also be surreptitiously listening on our iPods after we put the kids to bed. --Matthew Cooke
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Top Customer Reviews
The CD came in perfect condition, and this is the 3rd time I have had to
Buy this disc! One burned up in a fire, the other got stuck in my car CD
player, and would not eject, A week before I totaled that car!
When I saw online that these were getting re pressed I began a far an wide search. I happily bought this Christmas Eve for myself and settled in for it to arrive.
It's a prized possession - much like my copy of Brand New Eyes.
This was the album that got me Into the band that saved my life.
As a vinyl, this is pretty good. The liner notes are nice, the record sounds good, but for some reason I don't think the album's composition lends itself that well to a record. It's much better as a CD without a side flip, in my opinion.
However, it's still such a good album, five stars.
The album itself showcases a youthful, energetic band with a hint of optimism that's a welcome change from most other bands in the same vein. Songs like "When It Rains" and "Hallelujah" are thoughtful with tight hooks, while the singles like "Misery Business" and "That's What You Get" are definite Warped Tour material. The band is solid and shows a lot of potential. Hayley's vocals are amazing and bassist Jeremy Davis, though perhaps underrated, is excellent on the instrument and should get a special mention.
I give this a four stars due to the short length of the DVD, but with 5 bonus tracks that could even stand alone on an EP, even more bonus tracks on the DVD and 3 music videos, it's a great buy for those who like to get a bit more than just the album.
Those who already own the album, this isn't for you unless you're a die-hard Paramore fan. But those who don't own it, get this version. You won't be disappointed.
Then I found Paramore... These kids are good... Real good... And they have let me know that Rock music isn't going anywhere just yet.
Riot! is a great place to start if you are new to Paramore, there isn't a bad song on the album. "That's What You Get" is as catchy as they come, "When It Rains" shows the band has a softer side and "Misery Business" just flat out rocks!
I haven't had the chance to see them live yet, but I will when I can.
Give this album a chance, you won't be disappointed.
Four singles were ultimately selected from the 11 tracks from the album, for me personally the best of the them is "crushcrushcrush" followed closely by "That's What You Get". Both songs not only show William's vocal progression but also are some of the best music on the album. "Misery Business" is a song that is either good or bad depending on the mood the listener is in when they hear it, as I can attest from personal experience.
Of the seven other tracks, "For A Pessimist I'm Pretty Optimistic" at the beginning of the album along with "We Are Broken", "Fences" and "Born for This" at the end bracket the album with fantastic material. That it's to say the middle of the album isn't quality work, but in comparison with the single tracks and those I've just mentioned they are on a lower level. Unlike All We Know is Falling, there is not one song on this album I dislike either overall or because of an element within it.
Riot is a solid sophomore effort for Paramore that shows the band's progression from All We Know is Falling and hints at what is to come in future albums. This intriguing listen isn't for first time listeners of Paramore's music (listen to All We Know is Falling before this album), but if you're a Paramore fan buy this CD.