Paramore - Brand New Eyes
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2009 Ratings: #305 / 899
User Score
2009 Ratings: #51
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Entertainment Weekly

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

90
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.

80
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.)

80
musicOMH

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

80
Spin

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.

80
Billboard

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.

70
AllMusic

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.

70
NME
Third album maturity amounts to the anger being turned up, and effectively so.
70
Sputnikmusic
A slightly safe album from one of the most popular bands out there right now, but it's still great.
65
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.

60
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.
60
Slant Magazine

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

60
NOW Magazine
Williams leads the five-piece throughout this charged-up record that rarely comes up for air.
60
Q Magazine

When Paramore really put their foot down -- as on spiky single 'Ignorance' or 'Looking Up' -- you can't help but be swept along.

Reias
91

The third album in the trilogy of pop punk albums by Paramore, Brand New Eyes continues to cultivate what previous entry Riot successfully established.

Paramore undoubtedly deliver with this project, showcasing the harder hitting side of pop with emotionally charged melodies and massively passionate sounding choruses. Overall, a more mature sounding album than previous entries, Brand New Eyes shows incredible growth in many areas of the bands sound while maintaining the core of their ... read more

Supertartory
91

Here’s another commissioned review, and today it’s on Paramore’s album Brand New Eyes. Now I’ve been a fan of Paramore for a while, I adore After Laughter and their self-titled, but I had never really gone too far into their catalogue. Now I’d obviously heard their popular songs, their hits, stuff like “Brick by Boring Brick” and “Misery Business” but never had I sat down and listened to one of their pre-self-titled albums, so, Pinky on ... read more

Toasterqueen12
73

Imagine Dragon Deez Nuts

Part Eight

Paramore? Like the pop band Paramore? The Paramore that made an album based on the 80s that only had one song that sounded like an 80s song? That one? Ha ha! Well this is gonna suck! *Smug face* *Trollface* *Wojak Face* *∆|∆∆|∆|∆*

Yeah the first few tracks on this thing fuck like hell. I don't like anything after "The Only Exception" but let me positive first. These first four ... read more

TrevBev45
100

Fuck it. This album is fantastic. Paramore's magnum opus and a magnum opus for the Pop Punk genre in 2009. I can't wait for This Is Why.

Fertvlol
75

Omfg this production is so good and flawless wtf 2009 my ass, this sounds like it could have been made today and even sounds better than MGK’s latest records. Leaving that aside i think overall the project is fine for the most part, I’m not a huge fan of emo pop punk so i can’t really relate or know the appeal of the band because i wasn’t part of that generation that grew up with this, but the overall experience does sound pretty nostalgic and personal, like you can ... read more

NikSchiming
66

This band's hits are great, but they don't have enough interesting material for a whole album here, the verses are too weak, if the chorus isn't good the song is too uninteresting. Luckily most of the choruses are pretty cool, but I really wanted to like the full songs more, unfortunately I'm finding the band pretty overrated, maybe it's the genre that sounds outdated to me.

Os hits dessa banda são ótimos, mas eles não têm material interessante para um álbum ... read more

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Track List

1Careful
3:50
88
2Ignorance
3:38
91
3Playing God
3:02
89
4Brick By Boring Brick
4:13
90
5Turn It Off
4:19
87
6The Only Exception
4:27
89
7Feeling Sorry
3:05
81
8Looking Up
3:29
81
9Where the Lines Overlap
3:18
81
10Misguided Ghosts
3:01
84
11All I Wanted
3:49
95
Total Length: 40 minutes

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