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Grade • B+
CD • In late 2010, the two Farro brothers of Tennessee pop-rock band Paramore bitterly and angrily quit the band, leaving behind singer Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis. The world was left wondering whether the band would continue on, especially since Williams and Josh Farro co-wrote the band's songs.
But with the band's new album "Paramore," it is apparent that York is perhaps an even better songwriting partner for Williams, the firecracker-haired frontwoman. The expansive, 17-song album shows maturity, ambition and sophistication while keeping the band's inherent sense of fun and adventure intact.
The album showcases lyricism focused on a journey from a near-death experience: "There's a time and a place to die but this ain't it," Williams sings in the lead single "Now." With dynamic variation and guitars blazing, this is Paramore's finest (64-minute) hour.
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