Paramore

Paramore - Paramore
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2013 Ratings: #199 / 955
User Score
Based on 304 ratings
2013 Ratings: #89
April 9, 2013 / Release Date
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Fueled by Ramen / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
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.

90
AllMusic

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.

83
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.

80
Spin

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.

80
PopMatters

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

70
DIY

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.

70
musicOMH

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.

70
NME

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.

60
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.

FinalLifeline
90
With both fist-pumping pop-punk fury and skyward-looking optimism in excess, Paramore could be a total mess. Instead, it's just a mess, but it's no less beautiful for it. Sure, they aren't quite the same band from 2005, but the music is still furious, and more fun than ever: the skittering drums of "Now", the "Be My Baby" beat on "Crazy Girls", even the cheesy ukelele interludes. It's a mess, but it's beautiful all the same.
SurfySteveman
95
2013's an underrated year for music in my opinion. With records spanning from ...Like Clockwork, Kviekur, Random Access Memories, Sunbather, Government Plates, and Virgins it feels as if it was a much bigger year than it's perceived as, and yet no matter how underrated I feel 2013 is there's really no record that deserves more praise than Paramore's self titled album. I've seen so much discourse revolving around the band's "radical change in direction" on After Laughter, yet very ... read more
MaxAutunno
100
HAPPY 6TH BRITHDAY TO MY FAVORITE ALBUM OF ALL TIME! WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW MUCH THIS ALBUM MEANS TO ME!!
ryanoat
89
If Brand New Eyes was Riot but more mature, then this is Brand New Eyes but more mature. In fact, after first listen I don't know which I like more, so my score is likely to change.

This album kinda feels like growing up (and coincidentally, there's a song on here called Grow Up). In the beginning the songs feel like old Paramore, but as the album progresses it becomes more and more mature and reflective to the point where the closing track, Future, it more like something I'd expect on To Be ... read more
ElectricMess
84
My favorite by the band as of right now. This album, although a little lengthy, is just filled to the brim with energetic and massive pop rock hooks that manage to make me both happy and a little sad. I'm really happy that they went further in this direction on After Laughter.

Favorite Tracks: Still Into You, Part II, Now, Future, (One Of Those) Crazy Girls, Fast In My Car

Least Favorite Tracks: Be Alone, the interludes (they're cute I guess, but they're just kind of pointless imo)
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MISC LISTS

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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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