Self-titled album debuts new sound, positive messages.

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Positive messages

The album seems to have an overall message of overcoming obstacles of any size, as well as finding the positives in both dreams and reality. Songs like "Last Hope" encourage listeners to continue to pursue their goals, even if only a small spark of hope remains. Many songs talk about looking toward the future instead of dwelling on the past as well.

Positive role models

Lead singer Hayley Williams, who bore the brunt of the drama behind the band’s split, came out a stronger, more mature artist after all was said and done. Her lyrics consist of themes about affirmations of faith and sparks of hope in the midst of trying times. Despite the devastating impact that the trio had to bear, Hayley, Taylor, and Jeremy were still able to come out on top.

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"(One of Those) Crazy Girls" is a song from the point of view of a clingy, desperate girlfriend who implies that she would sleep with her boyfriend in an effort to save their relationship: "Why are you tellin' me good-bye?/Aren't you gonna stay the night?"


No direct use of profanity, but "Grow Up" starts with the implicit line "I told ‘em all where to stick it."

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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. 

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Release date:April 5, 2013
Label:Fueled by Ramen
Topics:Music and sing-along
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old October 25, 2013

Paramore is appropriate!

I love this band. Their songs are inspirational and cool. Bad words are not everywhere in their songs like Eminem or other musicians. But the song Misery Business has the word 'whore' in it. I don't know anything else. THx
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Teen, 13 years old Written byParamore45 July 21, 2013

This is a very good album!

I've been following Paramore for a while now. I did expect the album, "PARAMORE" to be different. Songs like "Still Into You", and "Fast In My Car" really surprised me! I guess Paramore is trying to transition into more modern music. PARAMORE is fine, and I think 10 year olds are mature enough to know what "You know where to stick it", and "Won't you come stay the night" mean. They can handle it, I'm turning 12 this August and entering 7th grade, I know.
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Teen, 17 years old Written byxaltrockgirlx August 10, 2013

There's something for everyone, but chances are no one is going to like everything

I'm a big fan of the alt-pop-rock scene of the mid-2000s, so imagine my excitement when both Fall Out Boy and Paramore came out with new albums within the same month! This was one of the albums that I just had to buy in a hard copy; there's just something about being able to physically hold it in my hand. Now, I like a majority of the songs (as usual from them), mostly the ukulele-tinged interludes and the faster guitar-driven pop songs. The slow songs, I admit... kind of make me skip to the next song. Even if I like the lyrics (which I do), I need a song to make me want to get up and dance for me to get into it. But overall, the album more than makes up for this with the creative songwriting and who I think has the strongest female voice in pop, Hayley Williams. As for any content to be concerned about... there isn't, really. "Grow Up" (one of my favorites) says "I told 'em all where to stick it" and "(One of Those) Crazy Girls" makes a reference to sleeping with a guy in order to get him to stay in the relationship, but in the context of the song, it's clear that this is really unhealthy (it's an over-the-top portrayal of someone who confuses stalking with love). Also, in "I'm Not Angry Anymore," there's a reference, that not really violent per say, is not pleasant imagery (I'll rot your teeth down to their core/if I'm really happy). Other than that, it's all positive messages about getting back up when you get knocked down, and two cute (and genuine) love songs, "Still Into You" and "Proof" (some more of my faves). If you're a Paramore fan, I recommend getting the album in full, if you're just getting in to them, I'd recommend checking out the singles on iTunes to get a feeling for it first, since the musical stylings are all over the map here.
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