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CD Paramore Paramore 2013 review

PARAMORE

PARAMORE

2013

 

MORE PARAMORE?

 

The clue is in the name – Paramore’s fourth self-titled album sees the band coping with the loss of Zack and Josh Farro and Hayley Williams taking the bulk of the song-writing. The question is can she take the added weight? We had that question partly answered ‘live’ when the Pop-Emo combo hit Australia as part of the Soundwave tour and they acquitted themselves well, but this one was always going to be interesting with the claims made by the outgoing band members about label and family interference.

 


Still 17 songs should give us a good enough idea shouldn’t it? We start off reasonably strongly with ‘Fast In My Car’ it’s poppy, sure, and lush and works, so one box ticked. The single ‘Now’ on the other hand  is catchy enough but pretty unappealing and certainly not up to past peaks.

 


Overall it’s quite interesting to note a few points – that the guitar is largely a passenger instrumentally but stabs through when emphasis is needed and that Hayley’s voice really does come across all Gwen Stefani (as others have pointed out). Lyrically too we are on very shaky ground with plenty of cliché seeping in. Overall you are left with 17 songs that are essentially pretty drab and with such a number of tired generic pop mouthwash I’m sure it would even try the fans.

 


At its worst you have songs like the by-numbers pop-ballad ‘Still Into You’ that made us cringe, or the Taylor-Swift-alike ‘Grown Up’ which is quite hideous. BUT that’s not to say that you don’t get the odd gem – though here it’s really only the closing track ‘Future’ which suggests it’s not all over and that Hayley will be going solo like Gwen very shortly…

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

PARAMORE PARAMORE CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013