Thursday, January 10, 2008
Paramore - Riot!
Yes, I am fully aware that everyone reading this has this album. I also fully expect that my time spent zipping, and uploading this album was for naught. This being said, however, if you've been living under a rock, or you're musically challenged, here is the album. One of my biggest pet peeves is having to agree with the mainstream media...I don't know why, but it irks me. But I do have to agree with everyone's assessment of this album: it is unprecedented, and fully deserving of their Grammy nomination (although I wouldn't consider them "new"). The record is unrelenting on the stylish vocals of the petite Hayley Williams, but don't let her size distract you: her range is nothing short of impressive. I fancy myself a purveyor of music, and I have not been this enamored with a female singer since Gwen (No Doubt era Gwen, that is). Interjecting soft notes and the highest highs with deep lows, Williams is constantly in touch with her supporting band mates in a choreographed union of consonant relief. Standout tracks: "For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic," and "Hallelujah." Rating: 10/10