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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Paramore is the rock band’s self-titled fourth album. The trio takes risks with the sound and underlying content of the album, but is able to maintain polished production and positive messages. For the most part, lead singer Hayley Williams steers clear of profanity and inappropriate references in her lyrics. In the wake of the departure of the band’s co-founders, a majority of the songs talk about moving on and continuing to dream despite some setbacks. Paramore’s sense of musical adventure in this full-length studio album provides mid- and slow-tempo tracks, as well as dance-y songs that young rock fans can enjoy.
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What's the story?
Two years following the departure of the band’s founding members, Paramore returns with their fourth full-length studio album. The self-titled effort nabbed a #1 spot on the Billboard Charts, and its release provided a resurgence after such trying times for the remaining trio. Hayley Williams, alongside band members Taylor York and Jeremy Davis, addresses the split in many of their songs, which makes for great tracks about moving on and rekindling sparks of hope. PARAMORE can be considered the band’s most noticeable departure from their typical sound, with two interludes that feature a ukulele and \"Ain’t It Fun,\" a dance track with a gospel choir joining in on the refrain.
Is it any good?
Fans looking for the band’s usual pop-punk sound may be caught off-guard with a few experimental tracks, but Paramore stays true to their alternative roots in many of the songs. Highlights from the album include "Still Into You," "Last Hope," and "Ain’t It Fun."
Although some pain lingers after the Farro brothers’ departure, the unexpected change could be a great thing for the band in the long run. The angst and disappointment behind the split fueled Paramore’s successful return and have resulted in a milestone album in the band’s career. Despite a few mildly iffy references, this album contains many positive messages about resilience and the power of dreaming that can inspire listeners of any age.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Paramore's venture into new musical territory. How is the band's musical style different on this album compared to their previous sound? Which do you prefer?
Paramore went through their share of obstacles but were able to overcome adversity. What are some ways you deal with setbacks?
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