Album Review :
Paramore - Brand New Eyes

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Band: Paramore
Title: Brand New Eyes
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Release Date: 9/29/09
Reviewer: Brooks G.

Tracklisting:

  1. Careful
  2. Ignorance
  3. Playing God
  4. Brick By Boring Brick
  5. Turn It Off
  6. The Only Exception
  7. Feeling Sorry
  8. Looking Up
  9. Where The Lines Overlap
  10. Misguided Ghosts
  11. All I Wanted

Paramore return’s with their third studio album titled Brand New Eyes. It is a great collection of rock, pop, punk, and acoustic elements on one disc.

The album starts off with “Careful”. It contains nice rocking guitars and is a great intro track. The next song ,”Ignorance”, their first radio single, it a great pop-punk/rock song and is about how a friend can change. Apparently, it is a good friend, but seems to have drifted away and become “ignorant”. “Playing God” is sort of a confusing song, with lyrics like “If God’s the game you’re playing” and “It must be so lonely to be the only one holy”. The song is really about someone who always blames everyone else for the things that they have done. It says “If you point a finger, I’ll point you to the mirror”.

One of the albums greatest tracks titled “Brick By Boring Brick” , slated for their next single, has a very catchy chorus and seems to represent the album artwork. “Turn It Off” really takes a turn talking about how when we hit the bottom, we need God to help us. The album slows down a bit at “The Only Exception”. It is a song about how someone never witnessed their parents having exceptional love for one another and they pledged to never sing about love or feel it. However, they found an exception. The song is one of the great acoustic masterpieces on the album.

A few tracks later comes “Looking Up”. It talks about a near break up of Paramore. . It mentions how they always argued but stuck it out eventually saying “God knows the world doesn’t need another band, but what a waste it would have been”. It is sad to think that this band almost broke up. Luckily more lyrics say “I can’t believe we almost hung it up, whoa, we’re just getting started”. This insures us a great future to come for Paramore. The album slows down a lot with “Misguided Ghosts”, a soft acoustic track where Hayley’s vocals are so soft that they’re almost whispering. The album end with “All I Wanted” which is a song about wanting to have someone to love. It ends this great album on a high note. I had a pleasure listening to this and it is in my top 10 albums of ’09’!

Overall:

Paramore returns with a strong third studio album titled Brand New Eyes. It may not have been one of their most spiritual albums to date, but one of their best’s. With tracks like “Brick By Boring Brick” and “Turn It Off”, the album is very complete sounding and amazing. Please go pick this up! You’ll be doing yourself a favor!

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