Paramore have put up their new album Brand New Eyes on MySpace and paramore.net for their fans to listen to! You can find it here;
I’ve been a Paramore fan since hearing “Emergency” on a Warped Tour compilation, and if you’ve listened to their first album “All We Know Is Falling”, and their more well known second album “Riot!” you’ll definetely see a big departure from what we’ve come to expect from this group.
Many people expected their new material to follow in the footsteps of Decode, the song that was recorded for the soundtrack of Twilight, but after a first listen, I would say that isn’t the case at all. Brand New Eyes is the most diverse album the group have come out with so far, mixing big arena songs alongside acoustic tracks they normally save for live Radio appearances. By their own admission, the album mostly tells the story of the issues the band faced when they took a month off and cancelled a number of European dates back in 2008.
Ignorance, the first single released from the album, is probably the best bridge between Riot! and BNE, and it will gain them a number of new fans without alienating the old ones. Overall though, it isn’t the best example of the album as a whole.
Standout tracks for me were;
Playing God – Catchy and the lyrics are sung with enough emotion to let you know that Hayley means every single word.
The Only Exception – Paramore have never recorded a truly acoustic song and their first attempt at one shows that this band are capable of whatever they want to be.
Where The Lines Overlap – You can just tell that this is going to be the one screams back at the band at live shows, purely because they ask for it, “I’ve got a feeling if I sing this loud enough, you’ll sing it back to me.”
I’m going to keep the review short and sweet and just sum up by saying that while some fans might not like the album because of it’s differences to previous work, all the band have done is grown up, and put it into their work. Personally, I think if they can keep it together, we can expect a lot more from them in the future.