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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
In this sophomore CD, Paramore has given its fans even more to shout about. RIOT! showcases the vocal talents of 18-year-old lead singer Hayley Williams at every turn, not to mention the consistent, rowdy guitar riffs that drive each song. The music is hard core, but it doesn't overshadow the sweet strength heard in its Avril Lavigne-like frontgirl. The lead single "Misery Business" talks about jealousy and young love. ("Let's take it from the top/she's got a body like an hourglass that's tickin' like a clock/...when I thought he was mine/she caught him by the mouth/...Once a whore you're nothing more"). There's an acoustic version of this song included on the album; a welcomed calm and quieter sound to the edginess of the rest of the tracks.
Is it any good?
At times the music is repetitive, but there are some catchy chord progressions and strong sounds that make us question, "How old are these kids?" They rock out to songs about love, lust, jealousy, fear, and self-consciousness; angst-ridden teenagers with microphones and a whole lotta talent.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what image they think Paramore is trying to give. Why does the young, female lead singer have pink hair? Is this appealing? Some say that this group is openly Christian in their beliefs. Is this reflected in their music? Does this make their music more or less appealing? Why or Why not?