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Album Review: “Paramore”

Grade: B

Paramore’s self-titled fourth album is a few years late.

“Paramore” is the follow-up to 2009’s “Brand New Eyes,” but it is not a few years late because it has been almost four years since “Brand New Eyes.”

The album is a few years late because it is the end of the old Paramore era and the beginning of the new era. The album also, finally, says goodbye to former members Josh and Zac Farro.

The track “Grow Up” is an example of Williams talking about Farro, although she does not miss her ex.

“Some of us have to grow up sometimes/And so, if I have to I’m gonna leave you behind,” Williams sings in the chorus. From the lyrics it sounds like Williams is finally ready to move on from the old and bring in the new.

The song, “Interlude: Moving On” Williams finally lets go of Farro and moves on completely. Williams sings along with only a ukulele in the minute and a half track, and it is a nice change for the band’s sound.

Paramore even samples one of their own songs in the track, “Part II.” The track takes lyrics and music from “Let the Flames Begin” which was on the 2007, “Riot!” album.

“Part II” is really like the end of the old Paramore era both musically and lyrically.

“Still Into You” is the second single off of “Paramore,” and for good reason. The song, which Williams’ wrote about her current boyfriend, is poppy and light, introducing the new Paramore.

The final song, “Future” is just that: the future of Paramore. The eight minute song is a soft acoustic ballad where Williams declares, “I’m writing the future/I’m leaving the key here.”

The song grows stronger and louder, leaving listeners craving a new album from the revamped Paramore.

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