I am currently totally OCD-ing on that Paramore album!! My wife's already told me off for constantly listening to it (although the CD's hers)!
I have to admit: After those brothers had left the band, I really thought they'd break up and Hayley'd go solo. Like, "They're never going to be able to write something as great as 'Brick By Boring Brick' again now!"
Sure enough, when this latest album was released and the wife and I were listening to it for the first time, we both were like, "What the heck is this
!? Ukulele sounds? Gospel choirs?? This is not Paramore anymore!!" - Rather disappointed, though not a 'bad' album per se.
...Until some time later, when we were watching a Paramore live gig online (BBC 'Big Weekend', I think), and suddenly those new songs started connecting with me - Even the 'Gospel' song
Guess I had just needed to open up to the new
Now, I actually regard 'Paramore' as their best album yet! Great how they've broadened their musical horizon by getting influenced by a variety of music styles, Hayley sings beautifully and doesn't always try to go as high as her voice can handle (Au contraire, there are some rather low notes in one of the slower numbers), and Jeremy's bass is wayyy more present than on any of the previous albums. Nice choice of different bass sounds, too! In fact the whole album's a superb production, and the playing's real 'tight' - That drummer is awesome!! Congratulations on a job more than well done, Justin!
By the way, I've been wondering about the following: In song #1, 'Fast In My Car', in the bit before the 2nd chorus, the 'stutter' in the bass line; Was that done post-recording, or did Jeremy use the old Pete-Townshend-trick on his bass' toggle switch?
Cheers, and all the best