Brand New Eyes

Paramore - Brand New Eyes
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2009 Ratings: #170 / 864
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Based on 443 ratings
2009 Ratings: #61
Liked by 22 people
September 29, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fueled By Ramen / Label
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Entertainment Weekly

The confident brand new eyes is the rare punk album that’s not afraid to smile.

Alternative Press

But where eyes truly trumps its predecessor is in its balance ... eyes astonishes from start to finish, with the bouncy confessional “Looking Up” and the immensely powerful closing track “All I Wanted” showing up as diamonds in an already gem-covered rough.

Drowned in Sound

Lyrically, brand new eyes sees the band on starkly confessional form. This may seem unsurprising; after all, sleeve-hearted angst is the bread and butter that keeps the filling of pop-punk-emo together in Paramore's own particular brand of sarnie (although for them it's probably more of a sub.)


With instantly infectious attitude and a seemingly unending supply of irresistible hooks, Brand New Eyes comes close to perfecting the emo-rock art.


The singer hunts slightly bigger game on Paramore’s follow-up, brand new eyes, which, at a moment of wet-and-wild Warped Tour cynicism (see Cobra Starship and 3OH!3), offers a principled reminder of a more earnest, honest age.


Past efforts have ultimately fallen short of fulfilling Paramore's full potential, but the band has finally redefined its sound-a blend of fast-paced rock and upbeat picture-perfect pop with both styles buoyed by monster singalong choruses.


Brand New Eyes is the band's most credible album to date, a blend of melody and muscle that packs a punch in spite of its tumultuous origin.

Third album maturity amounts to the anger being turned up, and effectively so.
A slightly safe album from one of the most popular bands out there right now, but it's still great.
Pretty Much Amazing

brand new eyes is a fun bunch of songs, and we'll enjoy it as such. But perhaps in a couple years it'll be time to expect more from this obviously talented band.

Rolling Stone
Produced by Rob Cavallo, the follow-up has a whiff of Important Rock Statement: Singer Hayley Williams blazes TV preachers, does some career-oriented stock-taking ("Looking Up") and even tries an acoustic ballad.
Slant Magazine

It’s this interplay between cheesy and catchy that makes Brand New Eyes a worthy genre time-capsule piece.

An even bigger leap for the band, "Brand New Eyes" sees Paramore move past their teenage years. It's a more matured and emotional effort, without letting go of their pop-punk roots. The instrumentation is solid, the riffs are great, Hayley's vocals are as good as ever and the package is still hooky.

Fav Tracks: Playing God, The Only Exception, All I Wanted, Brick by Boring Brick, Careful, Ignorance, Where the Lines Overlap

Least Fav Track: Feeling Sorry

The third full length LP from pop rock sensations Paramore is often dubbed by fans as their "magnum opus", and this praise is most definitely warranted.

'brand new eyes' is a record jam packed with emotion, often times angry and gut punching lyrics, heavy instrumentation and dark themes- which all likely stem from the turmoil the band was going through at the time. In fact, it was after this album that the band completely changed, with key members leaving Hayley to move on without ... read more
This album was a part of my childhood. Today I found an old cd copy that my sister bought back when this album came out, I listened to it and hundreds of memories came to my head. Maybe it was just the nostalgia factor, but I really enjoyed this album. Yeah, it's pop punk, and it's a pop punk that was really popular and overplayed at the time of the release of this album, but that doesn't mean anything.
This album has some great, sweet and emotional tunes that can touch anyone's heart. The ... read more
I just realized that this album isn't perfect like i thought
Paramore were bound to grow up during their time as artists and Brand New Eyes was their first step to becoming artists that were making music not only for the younger audience but for music listeners everywhere. Not only this, but those growing up with Paramore in their ears were able to grow up a little bit with them and experience a more established sound in the process.

At this point Hayley Williams had reached her twenties and had been a part of the act for nearly half a decade, and by ... read more
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Track List

  1. Careful
  2. Ignorance
  3. Playing God
  4. Brick By Boring Brick
  5. Turn It Off
  6. The Only Exception
  7. Feeling Sorry
  8. Looking Up
  9. Where The Lines Overlap
  10. Misguided Ghosts
  11. All I Wanted
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