Paramore reloads with new album

After countless jabs and jeers, Paramore emerged from the cloud of nasty remarks with two fewer members and a promise of returning to their former glory.

Josh and Zac Farro left the band three years ago, and lead singer Haley Williams vocalized her struggle to recover from the break-up via social media. But Williams, Taylor York and Jeremy Davis come out swinging with their new album, which hit shelves April 9.

The self-titled work features 17 tracks, which seem a bit much, but the fact the band waited so long to name something after themselves really speaks for itself.

This collection of songs shows the talent of each member, rather than appealing to the market like previous successful singles have done.

The best example of the trio’s new outlook on life can be found in the musicality of “Ain’t it Fun.” This song sounds more like one Justin Timberlake would sing. Instead, Williams delivers a perfect performance. The jazzy intro develops into a chorus the three rockers pull off flawlessly. Then, gospel-style claps and choir music interludes completely puzzle listeners. A lot like her fiery red bangs, not everyone could handle this odd assortment of styles, but it seems perfectly fitting for Williams.

“Fast in My Car” features Williams’ sassy lyrical delivery that makes the simple song work for both new and old fans of the group. A future summer hit, perhaps?

Undoubtedly, the band has matured over the years even with the loss of two members. “Grow Up” speaks to that process when Williams sings, “Some of us have to grow up sometimes, but I might have to leave you alone. But we get along for the most part.”

While there will be plenty of head-banging to come, many things have changed for the young musicians, and the result is a terrific composition.

One catchy track stands out for the younger audience the band has attracted. “Daydreaming” hits emotional highs and lows with the punk-rock sound fans have been missing for years.

Famous for their “Decode” on the original Twilight soundtrack, “Proof” resembles it with honest lyrics and a drum beat that propels the song.

Naturally, a lengthy album like this leaves room for a ballad or two. The band performed “Hate to See Your Heart Break” live on BBC radio before the album’s release. Fans immediately responded with positive feedback and vowed that Paramore will “always be (their) favorite.”

Indeed, Williams shows off her vocals, hitting honest low notes and also entering her famous high range in this song.

The album as a whole explores places the band has never gone before, while still staying true to the well-known sound. Hints of country, jazz, blues and rock make this a well-rounded collection that leaves fans asking: Farro brothers, who?

Author: Katelyn Holm

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