brand new eyes

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Alternative Press
    90
    brand new eyes astonishes from start to finish. [Oct 2009, p.111]
  2. Although the new set may lack the wide-eyed naivete that made the group's past efforts so endearing, the newfound maturity makes for a compelling set of songs.
  3. 80
    The upgrade is one of focus and intensity.
  4. Together [with producer Rob Cavallo] they broadened the band’s dynamics without sacrificing momentum.
  5. Brand New Eyes shows that they have the potential--now they've just got to live up to it and create the classic album the fans know they can make.
  6. This is a realisation, and an affirmation, of Paramore's musical craftmanship and potential longevity.
  7. With instantly infectious attitude and a seemingly unending supply of irresistible hooks, Brand New Eyes comes close to perfecting the emo-rock art.
  8. Emo kids kick up a riot on surprisingly edgy third outing.
  9. The anthemic, celebratory songs that made Riot! so appealing were largely absent, but the band found a new way to rock during those sessions, prizing catharsis and nuanced arrangements above the hooks of albums past.
  10. Paramore is certainly a sharp enough unit that doesn’t lack for energy, and Brand New Eyes features enough interesting ideas to take notice. All it needs is to double the ones it has, and it’ll be a band that’s foolish to ignore.
  11. Sure, the two slower tracks might make for a break in the relentless pace, but who needs the rest? If you just so happen to be one of the best in the up-tempo pop-smattered emo-punk game, why bother slowing down? For this lot, more is most certainly more.
  12. By sheer strength of will the band has salvaged an album that could have just been a derivative mess and created something pretty damn good in the process, and for that brand new eyes should be praised while we await something even greater from these boys (and girl).
  13. This is a trick the band deploy again and again, using darkness of tone and lyrical bent as a foil for their almost overbearingly ebullient trill.
  14. Some of the sweeping moments blunt the band's fresh-faced immediacy--as if the cute kids from the sticks have had a hard ime turning pro.
  15. Rough edges, like the curt bathos of the lyrics (which repeatedly mistake brusqueness for wit), may be improved in the future. Either way, the band's music is already as catchy that of Fallout Boy, without nearly as much of the put-on faux-cleverness.
  16. Williams leads the five-piece throughout this charged-up record that rarely comes up for air.
  17. Mojo
    60
    Quality control dips during the last quarter, but this is a reassuring step forward. [Nov 2009, p.94]
  18. Q Magazine
    60
    Brand New Eyes sounds like an energised romp through the diary of a small-town American gal--albeit one struggling to reconcile Christian views with the celebrity afforded by more than two million album sales. [Nov 2009, p.111]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 257 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 46
  2. Negative: 7 out of 46
  1. Sep 23, 2010
    10
    Paramore hit the scene five years ago. Two years later, they became the new darlings of punk. This year, they've risen to new heights. BrandParamore hit the scene five years ago. Two years later, they became the new darlings of punk. This year, they've risen to new heights. Brand New Eyes is exactly what a punk album should be: uncompromising, powerful, soulful, and inspired. Full Review »
  2. BenjaminJ
    Nov 22, 2009
    10
    An abrupt, blunt, rough, sudden and overpowering surprise. Amazing and wonderful, they have transformed from their earlier artless simplicity An abrupt, blunt, rough, sudden and overpowering surprise. Amazing and wonderful, they have transformed from their earlier artless simplicity to an attractive, attentive and active concentration of energy, strength and sharpness. Full Review »
  3. MarkD
    Sep 30, 2009
    10
    Just brilliant.