Paramore, who have seen their fair share of hardship over the past few years, recently released their fourth album. The self-titled album is full of snarky lyrics and an abundance of pop-punk melodies with a dash of something new. This is no surprise considering the shocking lineup change a few years ago.
This album is a big step for the trio. It proves that they can stand on their feet with out the assistance of Josh Farro, ex-guitar and co-songwriter, and drummer Zac Farro. They also expand their melodic palette to something that some would call an experimental style.
Justin Meldal-Johnson who is known for his work with M83, Nine Inch Nails, and Beck produced the album. Meldal-Johnson’s style could be the reason why this album is considered to be such a big change for the group. It seems to appear that the band had a lot to get off of their chests and wanted to do it the best way possible. That was by spreading their wings and trying something new.
‘Fast In My Car’, the first track off the album, cuts right to the chase with fiery lyrics from the woman with fire colored hair. ‘Been through the wringer a couple times/ I came out callous and cruel/ And my two friends know this very well/ Because they went through it too.’
‘Grow Up’, ‘Ankelbiters’, and ‘Ain’t It Fun’ all seem to follow the up beat pop-punk quick wit that ‘Fast In My Car’ carries.
The album also has a soft side that is not only beautiful, but the best Paramore has ever sounded. ‘Last Hope’ is undeniably the ballad of the year with lyrics, ‘It’s just a spark/ But it’s enough, to keep me going/ And when it’s dark out, no-ones around/ It keeps glowing.’ If this song doesn’t give you enough hope to get through an uphill battle then I’m not too sure what will.
‘Hate To See Your Heart Break’ could be the replacement for ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele as the song to sit alone in your room after a bad breakup and cry your eyes out while you eat a gallon of Cherry Garcia. Hayley Williams voice floats so softly and it is an overall beautiful melody.
There are two bonus tracks to the album ‘Native Tongue’ and ‘Escape Route’ which are both equally amazing and it’s a bit sad that they ended up being b-sides rather than making the album. Though it’s understandable that there had to be some cuts. Even though this album’s 17 song run over an hour long.
A few notable tracks are ‘Now’, ‘Future’, and ‘Still Into You’.
Overall this is an absolutely wonderful piece of work that stands at this bands best album to date. They worked hard over the past two years to create it and you can hear it in every last note. It’s definitely worth a listen to.