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CD Review: Paramore’s ‘Paramore’


When founding members Josh and Zac Farro left Paramore in 2010, they accused singer Hayley Williams of treating the band like a vanity project, but Paramore’s first album without the Farros sounds nothing like a bid for pop-diva status.

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Three and a half stars

If anything, the self-titled album (recorded as a trio by Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis) is Paramore’s most ambitious, complex work to date, almost completely leaving behind the punchy pop-punk of hits like “Misery Business” and “Ignorance” (although it does show up briefly on “Anklebiters”). The rest of the album ranges from the lively dance-rock of “Ain’t It Fun” to the grandiose, Coldplay-esque ballad “Last Hope” to the pure sing-along pop of “Still Into You.” The sprawling 17-song album is sometimes a bit of a mess (especially on tedious eight-minute closer “Future”), but it never sounds like a sellout or trend chaser. Looks like the Farros were wrong.


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