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Positive messages

Talks about young love and jealousy. Some of the lyrics aren't what kids should be learning ("It was never my intention to brag/To steal it all away from you now/But god does it feel so good"), but others show personal strength ("I put my faith in you/and then you threw it away/I'm not so naive/my sorry eyes can see").

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Slight innuendo: "When I thought he was mine/she caught him with her mouth" and "she's got a body like an hourglass that's tickin' like a clock."


None except for one instance: "Once a whore/you're nothing more."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although the lead singer of this on-heavy-MTV-rotation band has pink hair and the music sounds hard core, the album itself has mostly puppy-love lyrics. There's one mention of the word "whore" in the song "Misery Business."

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Release date:June 12, 2007
Label:Fueled by Ramen
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byjessica.horsecrazy April 7, 2010

Perfect for older tweens and all teenagers

‘Riot!’ by Paramore is a very good album. All of the songs are of very well written and enjoyable to listen to. I think that ‘For A Pessimist I’m Pretty Optimistic’ (for it’s beat), ‘When It Rains’ (for it’s emotion), ‘Crushcrushcrush’ (for it’s beat and lyrics), ‘We Are Broken’ (for it’s emotion) and Fences (for it’s beat) are the best. Also, three out of the five band-members are Christians, making them good role models for listeners. However, I have a few concerns. In the song, ‘Misery Business’, the word “G-d” is used (But G-d it feels so good / ‘cause I got him where I want him right now). This may agitate listeners who happen to be Christians. Seven out of the eleven songs in the album are about relationships. This is not a problem for older tween or teenaged listeners, but not that appropriate for younger listeners. The only other issue is the feeling of the songs. Though they are not incredibly depressing are not exactly uplifting (‘When It Rains’ is about lead singer Hayley Williams’s friend who committed suicide). This, however, is a personally issue that may not be observed by other listeners. Overall, ‘Riot!’ is a good Alternative Rock album, appropriate for listeners aged 12 +. - Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.
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Too much swearing
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bySage_U March 21, 2010
Ok. First of all, who cares if Haylee has pink/orange hair? Arn't we trying to teach kids these days not to be judge mental? People are all flipped out over their pircings too... What's the big deal?!? Their songs are fine for tweens, teens, and adults. And they are SO talented! So buy their cds, and don't flip out cuz' they don't look all preppy and rich.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byparamoredood July 4, 2010

Paramore's 2nd Album after "All We Know is Falling", The Best!!!

Paramore is my all time favorite band, I'm 13, and I just started listening to Paramore about a year ago... they're amazing. I have a problem with the fact that this site is highlighting the fact that Hayley William's hair is dyed. And it's not pink, it's orange. Are people really that conservative that they would have a problem with that? Hayley Williams is gorgeous and my role model... also this album is great. This site doesn't have a review for Paramore's first album, "All We Know is Falling", also such an amazing set of songs. I'm going to a Paramore concert this summer and they're said to be amazing live! They're all super talented musicians, Josh Farro- lead guitar, Zac Farro- percussion, Jeremy Davis- bass, Hayley Williams- lead vocals. Paramore got together as an actual band in their high school years... one of the reasons why people love them so much is because of all the emotion they put into their music. Personal stories, etc. and Hayley and Josh actually did have a story that lasted around 3 years but they split for the band... didn't want to cause drama. I love Paramore. <3. 'Nuff said.
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