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Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
Riot! Music Poster Image
MTV darlings are clean punk-pop with an edge.
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 71 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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").


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."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom August 18, 2010

Paramore isn't the best for little kids.

Paramore isn't the sort of thing very young kids should listen to. One. They will not understand any of what the singer says, There is not much here that i... Continue reading
Adult Written byCosmicKidBenji September 5, 2009
Paramore's sophomore attempt at pop-punk packs a whole lotta punch. The album starts off with a bang and then the second song comes in with with a catchy c... Continue reading
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 Optimis... Continue reading
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 ove... Continue reading

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?

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