Review: Paramore by Paramore

Paramore by ParamoreShorn of the Farro brothers, Paramore suddenly have to redefine themselves, and their self-titled album is, well… weird. I did not listen to the album expecting the same old emo-ish anthems powered by Hayley Williams’ voice (still the best voice this side of Kelly Clarkson), judging from the garage sensibilities of “Now”. I do not mind the band having some fun trying to sort of find a new musical identity, as heard in their Click Five-y “Ain’t It Fun”. And sometimes you still hear something All You Hear Is Falling-y on tracks like “Daydreaming” and “Hate To See Your Heart Break”. But this 63-minute record feels a bit too much. Beach sing-alongs? Too-quirky ukelele asides? A gospel choir? This album will definitely split opinion, which sucks for a band who really needed to reassert themselves. This is their make-or-break album, and they sound a little too relaxed. | 3/5

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