I’m back and I’m gonna try and blog every day if possible as I am on annual leave for the week, yay!!!
Here’s the best thing that has happened to my dopi since the Twilight score…
So, Paramore’s 3rd effort, Brand New Eyes is a solid one at that, two years after the excellence that was RIOT! Paramore have just had to delay last week a few shows in their North American tour as Hayley, the lead singer, had vocal dramas. The group will be making their way to Australia four Soundwave, which should be pretty friggin’ awesome! If I thought my legs, my arms and my ears could deal with a few hour long festival, I’d certainly make the trip but I am gettin’ too old for that kinda thang, hehe…
Anyway, the album is a goldmine for angst and heartache and individual protest against hypocrisy. By the previous two album’s standards, it is different, more emotional and mature. Riot! seemed cheeky with a type of bravado/bravada which lent itself to the atmosphere of each song and All We Know Is Falling was a captured period of time where you could see where the collective band’s head was at, in terms of making it on their own in the music industry coupled with the dramas of regular young people.
Obviously, IGNORANCE, the first single was off the hook in terms of execution- perfect lead in single and great way to re-introduce the band to the world again.
As most Paramore fans really know, Twilight was a secondary jumping off point for Paramore to gain a new fanbase.
(All We Know Is Falling, the first album was nowhere near as popular and many people who loved RIOT! had no idea the band had been around a bit longer.)
Having 2 tracks off the Twilight soundtrack really set it off for Paramore- suddenly, all these bookworms who normally wouldn’t venture into music found a series of books that garnered craploads of merchandise, a movie and series of to boot and then the soundtrack. Of course, we all know there have been huge book series before such as LOTR and Harry Potter but they never had modern day soundtracks to go with.
Standout tracks for me include Turn it Off, Playing God, The Only Exception, Feeling Sorry and Careful. Playing God is my absolute fave. The lyrics speak of an individual who thinks their opinions far outweigh anyone else’s and speaks down to others. Hayley sings a protest back at the “God-wannabe” stating that they don’t have to believe in her or her opinions but if they speak down to her one more time, a little phalangical violence would ensue and she would point them in the direction of the mirror. To see their own disrespect and hypocrisy.
The Only Exception is my next favourite, showing the vulnerable side of the band through a quiet ballad sung. Possibly the only specific love song I have ever really heard from Paramore. And not a saccharine sweet love fest but rather a “I can’t believe I’m in love even though I said I wouldn’t” type of song…
I have to say, personally, the honesty in lyricism is the main reason Paramore is such an appealing band to me. It is angst -like without the emo and slit wrists. It is fun without the poppiness. It is music without traditional beauty but an authenticity.
If you have liked either of the previous albums then you should definitely check this album out when you have a chance.