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Move over, Avril; there's a new gun in town. And even though Paramore's lead singer Hayley Williams is a few years younger than her predecessor, she has a way bigger set of vocal pipes. Lavigne and Williams share a similar register, but Williams belts it out with way more control and authority. She may even be more of a respectable pop idol since her image isn't manufactured to be rebellious and angst-ridden; instead, Williams appears to be a genuinely sweet girl, bottling up a huge voice and a heart full of lost loves. On 2008's Riot!, she fills the majority of her punk-pop tales with emo angst and declarations of boy woes. Contrived as this may sound, her lyrics feel authentic and representative of actual teenage puppy love, where a breakup feels like the end of the world. Filled with crossover potential, the songs are consistant and zippy with catchy hooks in the vein of Boys Like Girls fronted by a young Shirley Manson. Meanwhile, the production is sparkling and heavily compressed due to the golden hands of David Bendeth, but these ultra-clean sonics also tend to cramp up the band -- clouding the dynamics and turning the listening experience into a relatively risk-free one. When the group breaks away from the chugging guitar Fall Out Boy formula, they're at their best. Mid-song breakdowns and cathartic power ballads (think "Don't Speak") showcase the band's maturity as musicians. More importantly, Williams shines through in these openings. In the last track, "Born for This," she takes a break from her love confessions and commands everyone to sing like it's the last song they will ever sing, making for a sentimental finale and a perfect closer for the live shows.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2007
Label: Fueled By Ramen
UPC: 0075678998058
catalogNumber: 159612
Rank: 15720

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paramore   Primary Artist
John Bender   Strings,Background Vocals
Brian Weaver   Bass
Taylor Robinson   Vocals
Josh Farro   Guitar,Vocals
Zac Farro   Drums,Vocals
Hayley Williams   Vocals
Sebastian Davin   Piano
Kathleen Smith   Vocals
Jeremy Davis   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

David Bendeth   Audio Production
John Bender   Arranger,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Dan Korneff   Engineer,Explosions
Kato Khandwala   Engineer
Mark Obriski   Art Direction
Josh Farro   Composer
Zac Farro   Composer
Hayley Williams   Composer

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Riot! 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 187 reviews.
TwilightHarryPotterfan More than 1 year ago
Paramore is the best band on the planet! Their music is really good and I reccomaned this album to anyone who's into rock/punk music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing &quot Pressure&quot back in 2005 and purchasing &quot All We Know Is Falling&quot , I couldn't wait for their next release. After hearing their first singles &quot Misery Business&quot and &quot Crushcrushcrush&quot , I knew I had to go out and purchase this album. RIOT! is the album Hayley Williams wants fans to remember them by, and that will happen, because the groups heart and soul is on this record. From upbeat &quot Misery Business&quot to the soft ballad of &quot We Are Broken&quot , there is no better album than RIOT! I recommend the tracks &quot Hallelujah&quot , &quot For A Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic&quot and &quot Let the Flames Begin&quot . All fast and AWESOME!
Izzie_B More than 1 year ago
I really like Paramore because they're unique, cool, and their songs are all alike without all sounding the same. Hailey Williams has a great voice, and I love their songs. They are great performers (from own experience) and their concerts are AWESOME! I do not know what isn't to like about this band.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started listening to Paramore yesterday and I'm addicted! I found the name from a Twilight fan site, since Paramore is going to be in the movie (Yay!) and I looked up the songs on the internet. I was surprised that I liked the sound because I usually hate music like this but Paramore was really unique and I was hooked. My favorite songs are "Hallelujah", "That's What You Get", and "Born For This"
horrorbookgirl More than 1 year ago
this band is great.I've known them for a year now and still addicted.Keep on rockin paramore!
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i love paramore they are so good and i can't wait to see them at the warped tour.hayleys voice is awesome.there is only two girl singers i like the other one being the amazing gwen stefani.gwen and hayley are almost neck and neck for my favorite,but i have to pick gwen but only for the reason that she is from southern california like me.
Music_Dreamer More than 1 year ago
I just love this CD. To me it is the best CD and the best of Paramore. It has all my favorite songs on there and I bet if anyone listened to it, they would like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommed Paramore's Riot. There's alot of great songs and their one of my favorite bands.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's fun pop music with a nice beat. "We Are Broken" and "Let the Flames Begin" are two of my favorite songs. Play all the samples on your computer.
BookWorm2009 More than 1 year ago
Paramore is an awesome band ive been a fan for a year now and there just plain awesome i love there music there look there sound EVERYTHING if it wasnt for this band i would have no music to listen to no matter what mood im in! And there new hit Decode is of the grid i love it its sssooooo great! PARAMORE ROXS PPL BUY IT! And check out twilight books there sooo good yall
Shadowrockstar More than 1 year ago
Hayley Willaims Amazing! She has good taste of style! All of the sogns are great =D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! Can't quit listening!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paramore is what got me into alterative music, if you have taken this almum into consideration, buy it! Haylies voice has really come out strong, i was blown away.
Meganmore More than 1 year ago
Paramore is an amazing band, and they create wonderful music. Hayley's voice gives me chills, and Josh is an amazing guitarist. Zac's drumming is unbelievable, and what would any of Paramore's songs be without their wonderful bassist, Jeremy? I highly recommend this CD to anyone. You'll love it. (:
BreakingEclipse More than 1 year ago
This is totally one of my most favorite bands of all time. I've seen them in concert, totally awesome. I have their CDs, amazing. Plus, if that weren't enough, for Twilight fans, Decode by Paramore is I believe is the first track on the Twilight Soundtrack. I don't care what those idiots that say they're horrible say, my opinion is that they're plain amazing. Give them a chance, along with the bands I recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paramore has always been amazing and this album keeps Paramore true to their name