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Paramore's 2013 Self-Titled Album

By Garrett Heisler | published Wednesday, October 30, 2013 |
Thursday Review Contributing Writer

After the monumental success of 2007’s Riot and the well-received feedback from Brand New Eyes, fans anxiously awaited the next album from Paramore. Touring lead Hayley Williams and her band travelled across the globe selling out shows and completely blowing away audiences with their one-of-a-kind performance and attitude. But the success was short-lived as a result of internal band disagreements in which two key members would be leaving the band forever.

Though the absence of the brothers Zac and Josh Farro is clearly noticeable in the revamped sound, the 2013 self-titled album still has a new age Paramore feel in its notes. Songs like "Now" and "Fast in my Car" add energy and life to the record were as "Hate to See Your Heartbreak" show off its slow and softer side. Many people would even call this the best sound Paramore has crafted, and that is why, perhaps, the band chose to make this record a self-titled collection, especially this late in the band’s career.

Paramore has always had a recognizable voiceprint, due in part to notable drum work, and this has helped them adapt and evolve effectively in the fast-progression of new rock. With a rich variety of moods and tones, this record will keep the listener guessing until the end. The final track, "Future" is not only the longest song the band has ever recorded, it is also the most entertaining on the album. “Future” features many guitar interludes which demonstrate some of the best instrumental work the band has done in many years. With sad and somber lyrics, Haley is able to push her point one last time before the close of the record.

Another unique addition to this definitive album is the use of interludes featuring Haley's voice un-edited and un-cut. These raw tracks not only act as transition but also tell their own story when listened to back-to-back. Haley Williams was very disappointed to be leaving her original band behind, and this transition is reflected in a record which nonetheless shows that the newly constituted band is still making forward progress. The chemistry and rhythm the members achieve with one another is brilliant and ensures fans that this band is here to stay. The album is a great addition to their prior works, but is also a good starting point for new followers. I bought the album earlier this year and I still can't stop listening—this record is a must-own album for 2013.