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Brand New Eyes
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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?