AOTY 2021


Paramore - Paramore
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2013 Ratings: #584 / 1080
User Score
Based on 765 ratings
2013 Ratings: #90
Liked by 45 people
April 9, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Justin Meldal-Johnsen / Producer / Website
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Paramore is a veritable pop opera about a band reborn, phoenix-like from the ashes of a broken lineup, better and stronger than any previous incarnation.

Alternative Press
A sprawling, 17-song, 64-minute monster that is without a doubt the finest music these three artists—vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis—have ever made.
Entertainment Weekly

At 17 tracks, Paramore’s self-titled release seems like it should also be a textbook victim of its creators’ self-indulgence — but in fact it comes off like the great Blondie-indebted 21st-century new-wave album that No Doubt were trying to make with 2012’s Push and Shove.

Drowned in Sound

Paramore is an assured and confident record. For every contemplative minute of the LP, there's three more minutes spiralling in the eye of a rock storm.

A.V. Club

Paramore is the rare record on which a band clearly wants to assert itself as a serious artistic force and actually succeeds.


An hour long, with multiple track titles that start with the word "Interlude" and a song that's a sequel to a chiming ballad from two albums ago, Paramore is an ambitious album by necessity: It's the test that the band still exists.


Paramore is both the band’s most polished and messiest album, which somehow pays off.

The Guardian
At 17 tracks, it's a little overlong, but Paramore's lively new incarnation suits them well.

This may not be what we were expecting, and it may not be the Paramore that we’ve come to know and love. But, at the same time, here are a band still discovering who they are, and this album may stand as an important step on that path.


The influence of new blood mixed with Paramore’s own distinct sound has created a vibrant, melodic record with sing-along choruses, and although it flirts with the softer side of the rock spectrum it’s still one ballsy album.


Paramore have always been more pop than their fans may like to admit, and this mainstream rebirth feels like a transitional step to something gigantic.

Rolling Stone

Paramore 2.0 maintain their signature post-emo pop-metal gusto and added a Stefani-Clarkson elasticity that at times make this feel like a solo debut.


Under the fiery willpower, Paramore’s guts are still intact, and they deliver post-emo pop metal with a verve that’s unmatched.

Consequence of Sound

The slightly disjointed nature of the 17 tracks and lyrics that could still stand to mature hopefully make this record a stepping stone for Paramore 2.0., leaving fans satisfied yet more intrigued for what might lie ahead.

The Arts Desk
The album’s incoherent sequencing means that it comes across a little like the work of a band that’s not sure where it’s going next - but on the strength of the individual songs, that “where” can be just about wherever it wants.
The Observer

The commercial emo that has earned Tennessee's Paramore platinum sales is still present on their fourth album, as are the unremarkable ballads, but there's also a new willingness to try other genres.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Williams has a starring role in the vivacious Anklebiters and (One of Those) Crazy Girls, and her charisma almost encompasses the expansive 17 tracks.
The Irish Times
There’s no denying that it’s all delivered with equal measures of assurance and style, but Paramore might very well look back on this album and wonder, did they really write a pop song as woefully generic as Ain’t It Fun and get away with it?
This is some fucking foolishness right here.
Classic Rock

You’d think the remaining trio, led by singer Hayley Williams, would come back swinging. What we get instead, though, is a parade of beige pop by numbers that even Taylor Swift would turn down for being too generic.

Don't listen to @Thomasny18 he's a meanie
This album so far is pure bliss

Edit: and I definitely still agree, this thing is pretty great. It has a pretty mediocre ending and many tracks followed a pretty obvious formula but I still came out loving the vast majority of them.
Switching to a new lineup and focusing on a "poppier" direction, Paramore have found a great balance between the old, older and new sounds. The incorporation of synths are pretty cool and gives their pop punk sound a new wave spice. It can be quite lengthy and there are maybe a couple of moments that feel like slight filler (especially with the admittedly cute ukulele interludes), but this is still a wonderfully-produced, solidly-written, infectious and fun album heightened by Hayley ... read more
Recently I haven't listened to Paramore for a long time, which was caused by meeting many new artists and new music. In part I was tired of listening over and over again to this band. I can see now that the break was good for me because when I heard Ain't it fun today, listening to my playlist, I said I had to listen to the band again today. I also have to admit that it was the first time I listened to this album in its entirety. I don't know why, but I loved to randomly play all of Paramore's ... read more
I actually loved this album that much that I listened to it twice a day every single day until it turned 1.. it will always be my fav record of theirs but I feel like I’m growing out of it cause of the popish production even though their best album cuts are still on this album and if the new album won’t be rock I want it to sound just like this
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Track List

  1. Fast In My Car 
  2. Now
  3. Grow Up
  4. Daydreaming 
  5. interlude: Moving On 
  6. Ain't It Fun  
  7. Part II 
  8. Last Hope   
  9. Still Into You 
  10. Anklebiters 
  11. interlude: Holiday 
  12. Proof 
  13. Hate to See Your Heart Break 
  14. (One of Those) Crazy Girls 
  15. interlude: I'm Not Angry Anymore 
  16. Be Alone 
  17. Future  
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Added on: January 29, 2013