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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Blog No. 44--Brand New Eyes (CD) by Paramore



Hayley Williams, Josh Farro, and Taylor York
Rob Cavallo

Bibliographic Information:
Members: Hayley Williams, Josh Farro, Zac Farro, Jeremy Davis, Taylor York
Released September 2009
Label: FueledByRamen
Grade Range: 6 and up, Age Range: 11 and up
Running Time: 40 minutes

Brand New Eyes is Paramore’s third album, consisting of eleven songs that range from loud and upbeat melodies to chilling acoustic ballads.

Album Summary:
This album is Paramore’s third album and contains the following songs:
1. Careful 3:50
2. Ignorance 3:38
3. Playing God 3:02
4. Brick by Boring Brick 4:14
5. Turn It Off 4:19
6. The Only Exception 4:27
7. Feeling Sorry 3:05
8. Looking Up 3:29
9. Where the Lines Overlap 3:18
10. Misguided Ghosts 3:01
11. All I Wanted 3:45

Critical Evaluation:
With the first single, “Ignorance”, winning Best Track of the Year from the Kerrang! Readers’ Poll of 2009, the album Brand New Eyes was guaranteed to be a hit. The first five songs (“Careful”, “Ignorance”, “Playing God”, “Brick By Boring Brick”, and “Turn It Off”) have the classic Paramore sound: edgy and rebellious. The album takes a softer, sweeter turn on the sixth song, “The Only Exception”. Although the song is an unusual occurrence for the band, the undeniably sweet lyrics strike a chord with all who listen: “And that was the day that I promised/I’d never sing of love/If it does not exist/But darling you are the only exception”. The next three songs (“Feeling Sorry”, “Looking Up”, and “Where the Lines Overlap”) are decent, but are more like filler songs for the album, and nothing about them particularly stands out. The tenth song, “Misguided Ghosts”, is the only acoustic song on the album, and really gives the band the opportunity to show its versatility. The melody and the lyrics flow perfectly, giving even the most thick skinned person chills.

Challenge Issues: None

Interest Age:
Both preteens and teenagers can appreciate the edgy sound, making Paramore one of the most popular bands today. I think that this CD is suitable for 6th grade and up; 11 years old and up. Although there is not any cursing or inappropriate content, some of the songs may be a little too intense for younger kids.

Band Biography:
The band was officially formed in Franklin, Tennessee by Josh Farro (lead guitar), Zac Farro (drums), Hayley Williams (vocals), and Jeremy Davis (bass) in 2004. After playing in concert festivals such as Purple Door and Warped Tour, the band was signed by FueledByRamen in April of 2005. Soon after, Davis left the band because of personal reasons, and the remaining members of the band proceeded to record their first album, All We Know is Falling. Their second album, Riot! was released in June of 2007. In 2008, the band announced that they would be going on tour once more, with the live album called The Final Riot! With the addition of Taylor York and the return of Jeremy Davis, Paramore recorded this album, which was released in September of 2009.

Cover image courtesy of: http://images1.britmusicscene.com/files/2009/10/Paramore-Brand-New-Eyes-Album-Cover.jpg

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