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Paramore - After Laughter Album Review

Paramore’s ascent to one of punk-rock’s most popular outfits has been against a background of line-up changes, particularly with founding members leaving and returning. Most recently, Zac Farro returned as drummer for this, album number five, which has already spawned a sold-out UK tour next month, which then moves to mainland Europe.

Paramore - After Laughter Album Review

If you’re waiting for Paramore to return to the guitar-driven youth pleasers of their first two records, then you’ll need to wait for at least another record. This follows up the softer direction indicated by their self-titled release and loses any inhibition to try a different sound. The results are, frankly, remarkable. ‘Hard Times’ is tropical pop, while ‘Rose-Colored Boy’ shimmers effortlessly with hooks aplenty. ‘Told You So’ is peppered with synthesised licks, ‘Fake Happy’ has a delightful juxtaposition of solemn acoustics and electro stomp, and ‘Grudges’ couldn’t be any chirpier. The piece de resistance is the closing ‘Tell Me How’, a piano-based ballad that gradually builds, but avoids the temptation to go over the top.

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Paramore Amazed To Have Been Around So Long


Paramore find it ''weird'' to have made it so far into their career.

The trio are gearing up for the release of their fifth album, 'After Laughter', and Hayley Williams admits it is bizarre to think the group formed 10 years ago as she still feels really ''green''.

She said: ''It's weird. I still feel like we're really green, especially with this record. It felt like there were so many new things to try and so many new feelings about life - you're finally all the way over the hump of being able to deny that you're an adult now. Yeah, this was a crazy record to make.''

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Paramore: Creating The Fifth Album Was Not An 'easy Task'

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Paramore's Hayley Williams found writing their fifth album was not an ''easy task''.

The rock duo, which is now comprised of the flame-haired beauty and guitarist Taylor York, have revealed they have been working on a follow up to their self-titled 2013 LP for a year and found it difficult starting afresh with their new music.

Williams took to her Instagram account to share the problems she faced and the troublesome journey to creating their latest compilation.

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As Paramore And QOTSA Join Line Up, A Look At The Reading And Leeds Headliners

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The final headliners for Reading and Leeds have been announced and for the first time ever festival goers will be treated to four headline acts over the weekend. Yes, joining the already announced Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182 is both Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore, who will share headlining duties. So now we know the full lineup lets take a  closer look at this year’s headlining acts.

Arctic Monkeys at the Brit AwardsThe Arctic Monkeys at this year's Brit Awards

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Stages And Times Announced For Voodoo Music And Arts Experience 2013

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Voodoo Music and Arts Experience

The fourteenth annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is swiftly approaching and we can now reveal the day-by-day schedule of the event's exciting line-up.

The first day of the festival (Friday, November 1st) sees the main Ritual stage host the likes of BET award-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at 7:15pm, just ahead of Pearl Jam's exciting headline spot, while Macclesfield trio The Virginmarys will be bringing in the earlier crowds around 3:45. The Le Plur stage will feature electronic producers Boys Noize and Calvin Harris at 6:15 and 7:30 respectively, while the soulful tones of Allen Stone and ZZ Ward will be resonating over on Flambeau. The Carnival stage will also have some interesting sounds emanating from it over the first day, with Nashville rock 'n' rollers Those Darlins appearing early on in the afternoon ahead of California 6-piece Youngblood Hawke and chiptune band Anamanaguchi closing the stage at 8:15.

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Kings Of Leon, Vampire Weekend And More Confirm ITunes Festival Gigs

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Kings Of Leon and Vampire Weekend have rounded out the lineup for this year’s iTunes Festival. The two bands will rock Camden’s Roundhouse during the September festival. Kings of Leon are set to perform on the 11th, while Vampire Weekend will take the stage on the 15th, according to NME.

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Some other acts, who confirmed their appearances today were Paramore, Rizzle Kicks, Sigur Ros, and composer Ludovico Einaudi – a varied lineup, if ever there was one. The iTunes Festival is typically known for showcasing artists and bands across a variety of genres and this year’s mix is no different. Justin Timberlake, Jake Bugg, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jack Johnson, Primal Scream, Phoenix and Jessie J have already been announced as the first batch of headliners for this year's iTunes Festival.

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Rudimental, Iggy Azalea And Bruno Mars Make Star Performances At BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend [Photos]

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Rudimental at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend
Rudimental at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend was just that - a BIG weekend! With a huge range of hit artists, the radio station left no genre uncovered over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (May 24th - 26th 2013).

Day 1 saw performances from Dizzee Rascal as he promotes his upcoming fifth album due out later in the year; Rudimental, whose debut album 'Home' has had some remarkable reviews and a number one spot on the UK album chart; Rita Ora who is also working on a new album; and her platinum selling boyfriend Calvin Harris. Saturday brought in an equally impressive line-up with Ellie Goulding who is in the UK before she embarks on a lengthy US tour later in the summer; The Saturdays minus Rochelle Humes who is still recovering from the birth of her first baby Alaia-Mai; and Iggy Azalea whose debut album release is imminent. As for day 3, it certainly wasn't a day of rest as hitting the stage in Derry, Northern Ireland were alt-rock threesome Paramore, BRIT award nominated Jessie Ware and Grammy winning Bruno Mars who's set to kick off a major world tour in the summer spanning through 'til March 2014.

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Critics Backing Paramore For Success On Fourth Album Return


With Paramore finally getting their act in gear and releasing their first new album in four years it’s clear that in the eyes of the critics absence has made the heart grow stronger, with a slew of good reviews coming out for the band’s self-titled fourth album.

Hayley Williams and co will be hoping to go one better than their 2009 LP Brand New Eyes, which took second spot in the US Billboard album charts (though their biggest selling record was actually 2007’s Riot!, which sold nearly 1.5 million copies Stateside,) and if the reviews are anything to go by they’ve got a good chance of that. “A sprawling, 17-song, 64-minute monster that is without a doubt the finest music these three artists--vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis--have ever made” so said The Alternative Press. Drowned In Sound commented “Paramore feels far more human and honest than anything the band have committed to tape to date, and even at its most intense, the record feels intimate (or at least like a gig happening in the back corner of your mind).”

ParamoreParamore's Hayley Williams could have plenty to smile about come the end of the week

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Paramore - Paramore Album Review

The release of 2007's album 'Riot!' was the catalyst for Paramore to emerge from the emo-rock scene and become arena headliners - and their popularity wasn't just down to Hayley Williams' obvious physical appeal, but their ability to produce genre-leading tunes.  The fairy-tale turned sour in 2010 with two noticeable incidents; the leaking of a private picture of the singer, but more crucially the departure of founding members Josh and Zac Farro. Taking their time to regroup as a trio, the outfit now return with the band's fourth record, four years after their last full release.

Paramore - Paramore Album Review

Whenever a band line-up changes the following release is more crucial as it has the added pressure of being compared to the previous incarnation of the act. With this in mind, it is understandable that Paramore took their time on this project and that it is self-titled would indicate a desire to re-establish themselves. Indeed, the turbulence of the last few years is addressed directly by Williams on the opening 'Fast In My Car', a mid-tempo affair with a relaxed riff, but hardly the gripping announcement that is required. The role is instead fulfilled by 'Now', possibly the heaviest sound in the band's catalogue, but what would have been a decent song is let down by an annoying hook. No qualifications are required to understand the feeling behind 'Grow Up' and it is as much a musical reference as it is a lyrical one. Targeted at arena crowds, it can be pictured providing respite in the middle of a set and a chance to hit the bar - filler in other words. The following 'Daydreaming' is much the same, a failed anthem with such a bland chorus that you wouldn't believe this was the same band who had written 'Brighter' or 'Crushcrushcrush'.

It is five tracks in that the first decent listen arrives and even then the acoustic 'Interlude:  Moving On' is a short ditty. 'Ain't It fun' begins in a promising manner that swaggers with confidence, but the good work is undone with a conclusion that is simply horrendous:  not one, but two gospel breakdowns of "don't go cryin' to ya mama" that are cringe worthy. 'Part II' is a step in a better direction and features an unrestrained instrumental section that works well, but it is 'Still Into You' that sees them dust off their box for killer tunes. More pop-orientated than previous successes, it has all the hallmarks of a hit and carries momentum to 'Anklebiters', a fun but forgettable moment. 'Proof' is a solid if unspectacular inclusion and the chiming 'Hate To See Your Heart Break' is promising evidence that the progressing maturity of the band can work in a more adult direction.  It is the last of anything that could be described as a highlight though and the closing few tracks further characterise a record low on hooks, anthemic choruses or just plain excitement. It isn't just that followers of the band will be disappointed, there's little here for anyone else either in the 17 tracks that make for a bloated and self-indulgent release. Sensationalists might take this as an opportunity to write Paramore off or stoke the fires of the departure of the Farros - but only time will tell if this is the case. What can be said for now is that this is, aside from fleeting moments, a huge disappointment.

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A Week In Music - Eels Back On Form With 'Wonderful, Glorious, Frightened Rabbit Album Uncomfortable Listening, Depeche Mode's Broody New Video

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Albums of Note... Mark Oliver Everett (better known as ‘E’) returns as eels, with new album Wonderful, Glorious. It’s a return to the form that we saw from Eels in the ‘90s. In recent years, Eels albums have been a rather bleak affair, as Everett has had to deal with the death of his parents, his sister and his cousin, all in a relatively short space of time. Wonderful, Glorious sees Eels get some of the fight back – literally, in ‘Kinda Fuzzy,’ in which he snarls “don’t mess with me I’m up for a fight.”“this teeth-grit, eyes ahead attitude is something we've come to expect from Eels, and Wonderful, Glorious is at its best when he's at his growliest… By the end you even sense a form of happiness has fallen upon this most maligned performer…"

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Frightened Rabbit have parted ways with Brighton indie label Fat Cat and release their third album Pedestrian Verse on Atlantic Records. With most of the album’s tracks having been written around the time of Scott Hutchinson’s relationship breakup, it can make for a pretty uncomfortable listen at times. With a new producer at the helm the band seem to have developed a more free-flowing musical ideal, even if the emotions contained within are high in intensity.“In summary, 'Pedestrian Verse' can perhaps best be described as the sound of Frightened Rabbit doing what they do best. Just how many more fall outs and break-ups Scott Hutchison can through to continue the cycle remains to be seen, but for now this is up there alongside 'The Midnight Organ Fight' as one of the band's finest collections to date.”

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Paramore, Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester Live Review

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Paramore, The Final Riot! Album and DVD Review

Review of Paramore's album/DVD The Final Riot!

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Paramore, Decode Single Review

Review of Paramore's single Decode.

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