Music review by
Stephanie Busto, Common Sense Media
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Self-titled album debuts new sound, positive messages.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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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 & Representations

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.


"(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."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVanettablack July 30, 2020

average album, better than previous releases

despite being a band since 2004,this band still has lots to improve including letting go of past member departure,divorce,problems and as well discontinue sound... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDecoatsume March 30, 2018

A strong yet comfortable punk-pop album underlines the better of us.

Hayley Williams is a devout Christian and sometimes mentions her religious beliefs in the songs, she underlines hope and never giving up on the things you adore... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byRyan sitkowski March 23, 2017

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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