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Making a statement

They have all the essentials of a rock band. Lead singer with red hair and punk-goth looks. Check. Emo lyrics that are not whiny

Written by Prajakta Hebbar | Published: May 11, 2013 1:49:52 am

Paramore

Paramore

Fueled by Ramen

Rs 395; rating: ***

They have all the essentials of a rock band. Lead singer with red hair and punk-goth looks. Check. Emo lyrics that are not whiny. Check. Great guitarists and percussionists. Check. American band Paramore gets their basics rights,be it their look,sound,or attitude.

The nine-year-old band first caught the interest of the the music world in 2008,with their song Decode that featured in the soundtrack of Twilight. Hayley Williams,their lead singer,also shot to fame when she featured in the song Airplanes by B.o.B — a track that won her a Grammy nomination and an MTV Music award in 2010. Nine years and three albums later,the band is now back with their new and improved fourth studio album,Paramore.

The idea behind calling Parmore’s new album Paramore was,according to Williams,“a statement”. With two of their founder members,Josh and Zac Farro leaving the band,Williams said in a statement that it was an attempt at “re-introducing the band to the world and to themselves.”

As far as re-introductions go,Paramore has done a fairly good job. Nearly four years after the release of their last album and with two members less in their group,Paramore is all about Paramore still — influenced by love,broken hearts and with an anti-establishment twang in their punk-rock.

The 17-track album begins with Fast in my car,a rebellious number in which Williams sings,“Been through the ringer a couple times/I came out callous and cruel.” While the next track,Now,is rebel pop at its best,Grow up talks about the band’s growing-up years.

The track Part II is a sequel to Let the flames begin from their previous album Riot,and opens with the same lines,“What a shame”. While Still into you is a fast-paced love anthem,Be alone is an ode to a relationship,in which Williams croons that she and her beau should be alone,together.

Be it the lyrics or the deliciously complicated and rebellious arrangement,Paramore is sure to connect with a lot of people,especially angsty teenagers and lovers in love.

prajakta.hebbar@expressindia.com

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