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Release date: 04/09/2013

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Track Listings

1. Listen Fast In My Car
2. Listen Now
3. Listen Grow Up
4. Listen Daydreaming
5. Listen Interlude: Moving On
6. Listen Ain't It Fun
7. Listen Part II
8. Listen Last Hope
9. Listen Still Into You
10. Listen Anklebiters
11. Listen Interlude: Holiday
12. Listen Proof
13. Listen Hate To See Your Heart Break
14. Listen (One Of Those) Crazy Girls
15. Listen Interlude: I'm Not Angry Anymore
16. Listen Be Alone
17. Listen Future

About the Album

Easily the band's most adventurous, experimental, and accomplished release to date, Paramore's fourth studio album, 2013's eponymously titled Paramore, is a landmark, a genre-breaking masterwork that, like Madonna's Like a Prayer or U2's Achtung Baby, finds Paramore crystallized into the seminal, cogent rock band we always knew they'd grow up to be. For this release, Paramore worked with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, whose previous production credits include artists like Neon Trees and M83. Perhaps not the most obvious choice for a band that developed alongside labelmates like Fall Out Boy, but the first-time pairing explodes with chemistry, coalescing the group's grand emotionality and ridiculously tight hooks with ever new and genius musical avenues, like electronica and even orchestral flourishes. The idea that your songs should only include instrumentation that you can pack into your tour van is a practical limitation that for plenty of bands, especially those of the punk ethos, can become a downright philosophical limitation. But when original guitarist and drummer Zac and Josh Farro left the band in 2010, Paramore were forced to allow vital roles in their sound to be filled with hired professionals rather than actual bandmembers -- after all, they needed somebody to play drums. This clearly opened the band up to exploring all other manner of possibilities in the studio that they could not reasonably fit into a van or reproduce in a garage, like a board full of subtly perfect synth intonations or, in the case of one song (the immediate classic "Ain't It Fun"), a gospel choir. The change represents more than just growth; it's transcendence. Paramore have made the album of their career. The record's collaborative foundation crackles on every track, but Hayley Williams, a ballsy, extroverted frontwoman with a voice big enough to stop time, proves unequivocally to be the cunning talent of the band, no matter how vital York and Davis may be. Whether she is belting out a do-or-die alt-rock anthem like "Now" or cooing coyly on three ukulele-backed "Interludes," Williams imbues each song with a robust charisma and relentlessly positive attitude. While longtime Paramore fans will recognize the driving, no-holds-barred attack of cuts like "Daydreaming," "Anklebiters," and "Part II," the album also soars on the band's newfound use of keyboards, programming, and York's often thickly layered, heavily effected guitar. Without a doubt, even a newcomer to Paramore's music is in rapturous danger of being up all night after listening to this disc, possessed by each track's driving, perfect hook. But knowing about the drama that precipitated the album only adds further dimension, not to mention a sense of vicarious satisfaction for Paramore's glorious triumph over inter-band adversity. After all, the Farros didn't just leave, they also caused a big stink the day after announcing their departure, posting a mean-spirited diatribe about their former bandmates on the Internet. The fact that Paramore went on to not just put themselves back together, but create the best work of their entire musical tenure -- a work lyrically inspired by the Farros leaving, and unimaginable as having been stylistically possible with them still in the band -- is a revenge fantasy that would seem too sweet to be true if it weren't laid out for us all to hear. Paramore is a veritable pop opera about a band reborn, phoenix-like from the ashes of a broken lineup, better and s
Artist: Paramore
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44
Walmart No.: 000000000
UPC: 0007567873243

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5★ by 3reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Seriously get this album Now-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow! Confession: I was not a huge Paramore fan. Sure, I dug their hit singles such as "Misery Business", "That's What You Get", and "The Only Exception." However, not to offend anybody but, their albums felt like it had too much filler. So I went into their latest self-titled album, Paramore, with the same mentality. Wow! Just wow! The entire album is rock hard solid! Filler no more.With the Farros gone they brought in drummer Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails, Lostprophets, Angels & Airwaves) for recording. Let me tell you, the drum work on this album packs whole lotta' punch. Along with playful guitar hooks of Taylor York and pumping bass of Jeremy Davis. And what's her name... that's right, Hayley Williams. Boy, that girl can sing - letting loose like some female version of Freddie Mercury on faster songs, and softening down for those vulnerable moments. Combine all of this and call it chemistry. Or simply good music.For me, this album has so many elements that somewhat recalls the ambition of London Calling, but more in a poppy Blondie new-wave kind of way. Take for example, "Daydreaming" (track 4) - total Debbie Harry right there; but it still retains that Paramore sound. Moving on to funky groove of "Ain't It Fun" (track 6) that features a gospel choir in the middle. The absolutely gorgeous slow rock-ballad "Hate To See Your Heart Break" (track 13) that'll most likely be a Bic lighter moment at concerts. Two-minute punk song called "Anklebiters" (track 10). And to assure us that they were playful with this album we have not just one, but three ukulele interludes! Hayley sings about trying to make it 'saving money only eating Top Ramen' on one of them, "Interlude: Holiday" (track 11). It all works.To wrap this up, I feel like this is a great new chapter for Paramore and look forward to what they will become. And yes, this album has now officially made me a Paramore fan! 04/12/2013
Rated 3 out of 5★ by Torn! Huge paramore fans. Was such a let down at first. I would say maybe two songs on the cd are paramore-ish and the rest is not them at all BUT if we listen to the cd and act as though its not paramore then we enjoy most of it. I went on youtube and found two new songs that didnt make the cd and it made us angry - the two songs were more their style. I cant say I hate the cd because we listen to it but we dont love it and the more I think about it, the more I want paramore to pay me back my money. So I will stick in the middle. True paramore fans will not like this cd. But if your like us and like many different kids of music, you will enjoy it. 04/29/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by greattt###:-) Great cd 02/17/2014
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