Words by Rachel Campbell
I have never been a huge fan of Paramore. Don’t get me wrong, I dig their music — at least when it comes to their “old” stuff (as the inner hipster in me would say), but I was never fully cast under their music-induced spell. I can now say that I finally understand the hype, thanks to their most recent release, “Paramore,” which dropped April 9. This band is one of the few to survive on Fueled By Ramen, the label they have been signed to since their first release, “All We Know Is Falling,” in 2005. They arguably made a name for themselves with 2007’s “Riot,” and continued to rise to fame with 2009’s “Brand New Eyes.” Four years consisting of touring, writing/recording and a controversial lineup change would eventually lead us to this self-titled release. Fans got a taste of the new album when an audio video for “Now” was posted in late January, and followed up with a real video in mid-February, both of which had fans wanting more new music “now-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow.”
When the album finally dropped, it was evident that despite the loss of two members, the now three-piece band is better than ever. The 17-track album is bound to have at least one thing you like. “Fast In My Car” is quite a toe tapper while “Grow Up” sounds like the lovechild of No Doubt and label mates Panic! At the Disco. One of the most intriguing things is the use of a ukulele and Hayley Williams vocals to transition from song to song at various points in the album (“Interlude: Moving On,” “Interlude: Holiday,” and “Interlude: I’m Not Angry Anymore”).
On the other hand, the album hits a slump with “Daydreaming.” It does an excellent job of sending the listener to that state, which would be great if daydreaming wasn’t an escape from the reality you are currently in. “Last Hope” can also be grouped in the category of less than impressive, but the album makes a comeback with “Ain’t It Fun,” an upbeat track that mixes it up with vocals from a gospel choir halfway through.
If you only check out one track, then make it the album’s second single, “Still Into You.” It has a sound reminiscent of Katy Perry, but that probably has something to do with the pastel and baked goods present in the track’s video. This one is almost guaranteed to get stuck in your head and have you dancing around your room with hairbrush-microphone in hand.