Brand New Eyes

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Alt-punk rockers dish up hard-rock drama with tame lyrics.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 47 reviews

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Positive Messages

Although there are some sorrow-filled lines like: "We're heading for a cliff, and in the free fall, I will realize, I'm better off when I hit the bottom," there are also some positive life lessons about demanding respect, sincerity, and living life to the fullest, such as in these lyrics: "Well, as for me, I got out and I'm on the road, the worst part is that this (this!), this could be you, you know it too, you can't run from your shame! You're not getting any younger, time, is passing by."


Positive Role Models & Representations

A few iffy lines might be misinterpreted by younger audiences. "We used to stick together, we wrote our names in blood." "Could have given up so easily, I was a few cheap shots away from the end of me, taken for granted, almost everything that I would have died for, just yesterday,"


Only slight metaphorical references to violence, like: "Next time you point a finger, I might have to bend it back, or break it, break it off."


Although many of the songs focus on relationship issues, only a few include any references to lust or desire, using vague terms like "all I wanted was you" and mentioning spending the night together.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Paramore's third album is a hard rockin', emotionally raw collection that doesn't have any references to smoking, drinking, sex or bad language. In fact, the lyrics are all surprisingly tame, considering the guitar riffs and rock beats are so hard driving.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6, 8, and 13-year-old Written bylala6745 April 27, 2011

No doubt, the best for all ages!

Paramore is the BEST band EVER!
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom October 26, 2010

Paramore delivers another good album

I have to say, this is probably the most child friendly thing Paramore have released. A few mature lyrics aren't really going to mess up kids. If you liste... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat January 2, 2021


Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 March 14, 2014

One of their best albums

"Brand New Eyes" is probably my favorite Paramore album (although their self-titled one is pretty good!) Most of the songs are good, even if I like so... Continue reading

What's the story?

BRAND NEW EYES is the third album from punk/alternative rock group Paramore, following up on the success of their 2007 release Riot!. Fans will recognize similar pounding guitars combined with energetic vocals from lead singer Hayley Williams on this latest release. The subject matter covers a range of topics, from dealing with ex's to embracing reality over fantasy. The album will also go down in iTunes history as the first one available in the new iTunes LP format, which allows for additional interactivity, videos, and photos to be included within an album purchase.

Is it any good?

It's hard not to fall for Paramore's brand of fun-loving, emotion-filled punk pop. Using clever lyrics like "The truth never set me free, so I did it myself " along with Hayley Williams's strong but measured vocals, Paramore creates a high-energy collection of songs that are light enough to bounce your head to, but deep enough to grab at your heart. The perfect mix of high energy rock balanced with sincere, but not obligatory ballads, signals a new level of maturity for the hipster group.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about selecting appropriate music. Paramore seems like a hard rocking band that might not be appropriate for teens, however their music is relatively tame. Have you every been surprised by the inappropriate lyrics from some artists whose images looked kid-friendly? What are the best ways to find age-appropriate music?

  • What do you think about an all male band with a female lead singer? Do you think this combination generally attracts more attention than a completely boy band? Why aren't there any female bands with a male lead singer?

  • Some of the songs on this album cover heavy emotional issues. Does listening to this album make you want to talk about your feelings? Do you think it would make it easier to talk to your parents about your feelings if you were discussing a song's lyrics? Are there some lyrics that parents should address with teens?

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