Paramore releases Paramore. Yeah!
Listen to the new single Still Into You right here.
So pop rock band Paramore with the famous front female singer, Hayley Williams, just got together and debuted their new self-titled album a few days ago, and their first single, Now, was met with average to almost negative reception. I couldn't blame them; bands need a little fixation and in these generations, people are unable to cope with the rising tide of bands departing from their sounds and crossing above and beyond to figure out what their next lyrical venture should be like.
And what should fans expect from the new album? A change of taste, perhaps. Almost 9 years of their career, and sticking to their music of moody punk rock and pop has not been able to succeed ever since their previous studio album, Brand New Eyes. A follower since than, Paramore's previous hits are legendary and if not, special. Decode, Crushcrushcrush, Misery Business, Brick By Boring Brick and Playing God are the most notable songs off Paramore's set-list if they are to ever come to town.
Not to forget the departure of the Farro brothers, with Josh claiming that the band was "a manufactured product of a major-label," also stating many negatives of Hayley Williams as the solo project of Paramore, the rest of the band "riding on the coattails of her dream". While this united many Paramore fans, maybe that was why that changed their sound. Over the course, Paramore released Monster, which evolved and ended speculation, even reigniting their career and defined themselves once again.
So how did Still Into You did? Well, to say that this song is punk pop is accurate to a certain degree. In fact, if this is how Paramore wants to sound for their future albums and change, then they might mistake and hurt some hardcore fans, but only for a temporary while. After listening to this single, there is still some hope and glitter that Hayley and the others that can count on.
So the song starts off with a deep drums and accurate guitar riffs, making it sound Paramore-ish-turned-pop sound with the lyrics beautifully written to showcase the affection of a couple. As expected, the chorus bursts into a butterfly, advocating an immensely turned route and the pop sound continues to grow and has no intention of stopping anytime soon. What makes this an adventurous record is the part where the bridge instantly caves in, dominating the song and realising that Paramore has changed, along with their new album.
And after all this time, I'm still into you. I should be over all the butterflies (but I'm into you - I'm into you); And baby even on our worst nights, I'm into you (I'm into you). - Hayley Williams
Paramore, the spunky punk band decides to go with the defensive single off their album, but right choice indeed. If they needed a song that would last the charts, a relatively close pop song with beats that are actually worth it, this would be the ideal choice. Now was never a Billboard success from the start, and we could see now,
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - Paramore delivers another heart-pounding song made on true heart and emotions. This is rare and raw.
SOUND: 8/10 - A change of sound was necessary, the single proved it and it seemed inevitable.
LYRICS: 7/10 - Not as good as their previous lyrical impressive works, Paramore still holds up above their signature tunes, but this has been average if it were to be compared.
OVERALL: 24/30 - Still Into You might be a departure and might make you lose focus of Paramore again, but rest assured this is still a radio hit and pop soundingly explosive. I will be playing it for days, and I believe you will do too.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.