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Brand New Eyes

Release date: 09/29/2009

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Track Listings

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

About the Album

With 2007's Riot!, Paramore proved that pop hooks and a killer set of pipes can still vault a band to platinum status, economic downturn be damned. Success comes with a price, though, and Paramore struggled as media outlets reserved most of their coverage for Hayley Williams, deemed by many to be the group's leader. Rather than calling it quits, the musicians sought therapy in the studio, where tales of self-doubt and frustration were captured on tape by mega-producer Rob Cavallo. The anthemic, celebratory songs that made Riot! so appealing were largely absent, but the band found a new way to rock during those sessions, prizing catharsis and nuanced arrangements above the hooks of albums past. Released in late 2009, Brand New Eyes presents Paramore as a stronger, leaner, and altogether more consistent band. "Careful" and "Ignorance" are two of the group's most aggressive tunes to date, and the rest of the disc follows suit, with the guitar interplay of Josh Farro and Taylor York (who makes his studio debut here, having joined the lineup after Riot! was recorded) receiving much of the spotlight. Drummer Zac Farro anchors the band with a flurry of snare hits and cymbal crashes, but the true MVP is none other than Ms. Williams, who sings with all the gusto of an angsty, 21st century Ann Wilson. She's fun, fiery, and altogether fantastic, a pint-sized powerhouse who attacks everyone from holier-than-thou naysayers ("Playing God") to egocentric space cadets ("Brick by Boring Brick"). Williams also tones down the sonic assault whenever it's appropriate, offering a beautifully understated vocal during the album's centerpiece ballad, "The Only Exception," and championing the band's longevity during songs like "Where the Lines Overlap" and "Looking Up." "God knows the world doesn't need another band," she sings during the latter track, "but what a waste it would have been...I can't believe we almost hung it up. We're just getting started." Riot! explored similar thoughts with its closing track, "Born for This," but "Looking Up" is made all the more convincing by the band's recent turmoil. Accordingly, Brand New Eyes is the band's most credible album to date, a blend of melody and muscle that packs a punch in spite of its tumultuous origin. ~ Andrew Leahey, All Music Guide
Artist: Paramore
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.21
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.38 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0007567896760

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★ by 11reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Paramore's back! Paramore is my favorite band EVER. I've been a fan since pre-RIOT! days.The change in their sound from All We Know Is Falling to RIOT! was so great that I absolutely had no idea what to expect for brand new eyes. When Ignorance was released, I thought that maybe it would be a more RIOT! sounding album.Boy, was I wrong. Hayley's voice in certain songs sounds more vulnerable and toned down. The way she sings in Misguided Ghosts, for example, reminds me of The Moldy Peaches. There's a lot of acoustic guitar in this album as opposed to the previous albums (The Only Exception, Misguided Ghosts) and some songs sound simpler than a lot of the others (Playing God, Turn It Off, All I Wanted). But there are a few that are more (if possible) complex than Paramore has ever sounded previously (Careful, Brick By Boring Brick).In both All We Know Is Falling and RIOT!, I can find a handful of songs that I don't really like. I love the albums, but don't listen to certain songs very often. Now that I've gotten familiar with brand new eyes, I think it's safe to say that there are no songs on this album that I don't like. I try to listen to them all equally, because I love them all equally.Paramore has definitely poured their hearts out in the making of this album, and it shows. If you're a fan of Paramore, this album is for you. If you aren't, I'd still recommend it for you to listen to and see what you think of Paramore after you hear it. 10/11/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by just as good as their first 2 studio albums awesome from begining to end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!paramore = the best of the best enough said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 12/27/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A Must Buy As a fan of the artist I find that this CD can be incorporated in all times of my day for my listening pleasure. 10/06/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by New Paramore! They have completely changed thier sound and it is great. There are a few song that were disapointing, which still make Riot! thier overall best album. But this is a highly recomended CD due to its creativeness and freshness. 10/13/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Awesome! I bought this for my niece and she just loved it! The CD was not found locally (in Hawaii) so it was great to see it on line. 01/04/2012
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great Gift Bought this for my daughter who is a fan of the band. She loves it. This band is on the New Moon and Twilight soundtracks. 12/04/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great CD Good songs. I do believe that it is worth my $7. I would recommend it to a friend. 11/27/2013
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