The Best Tracks of 2017, #2

2. Paramore, “Told You So” For all the words written about Paramore’s struggles to keep the band intact amid a revolving door of supporting members, the bedrock has always ben the musical partnership between singer Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York. From the revelatory 2007 single “That’s What You Get” through 2013’s spectacular self-titled fourth […]

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The Best Albums of 2017, #5

                    5. Paramore, After Laughter (Fueled By Ramen) If there’s one album that perfectly reflect the cultural angst that has permeated 2017, especially in America as seen by a concerned but crisis-fatigued outsider, it’s Paramore’s superb, surprisingly mature and world-weary fifth album. The story behind After […]

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The Best Singles of 2016, #14

14. CHVRCHES with Hayley Williams, “Bury It” As the album/touring cycle for the brilliant Every Open Eye wound down, CHVRCHES did a good job staying in the public eye by releasing a new version of the standout track “Bury It”, featuring re-recorded vocals and a special appearance by Hayley Williams of Paramore. Accompanied by a […]

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The 2013 Album of the Year

Paramore, Paramore Back in 2006 I volunteered to review that year’s Warped Tour compilation for PopMatters. Compilations like that were always fun, with loads of variety it was easy to put together 700+ words. Of all 51 tracks on the two disc comp was a song featuring a then-17 year-old mopped with red hair called “Emergency”, […]

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The 2013 Single of the Year

Paramore, “Still Into You” The lead single from Paramore’s fourth album, the dark “Now”, was an odd choice, one that left many wondering if that was the best the new record had to offer. All fears were tossed aside as soon as the follow-up debuted in the weeks prior to the album’s release. Giddy, bouncy, […]

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The Best Singles of 2013, #15

Paramore, “Daydreaming” At first it doesn’t feel like this track is anything special, but when you listen closely, the deceptively simple “Daydreaming” reveals a great deal of songwriting smarts and production wizardry. Yet another example of how much Hayley Williams and Taylor York have grown as songwriters on the band’s audacious fourth album, it smartly […]

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