brand new eyes - Paramore

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 60
    Quality control dips during the last quarter, but this is a reassuring step forward. [Nov 2009, p.94]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 80
    The upgrade is one of focus and intensity.
  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. This is a realisation, and an affirmation, of Paramore's musical craftmanship and potential longevity.
  9. brand new eyes astonishes from start to finish. [Oct 2009, p.111]
  10. 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.
  11. Williams leads the five-piece throughout this charged-up record that rarely comes up for air.
  12. 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.
  13. Together [with producer Rob Cavallo] they broadened the band’s dynamics without sacrificing momentum.
  14. 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.
  15. 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).
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Emo kids kick up a riot on surprisingly edgy third outing.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 166 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 6 out of 40
  1. Sep 23, 2010
    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. Brand New Eyes is exactly what a punk album should be: uncompromising, powerful, soulful, and inspired. Full Review »
  2. Oct 13, 2013
    Brand New Eyes might not have ventured very far from the pop-punk sound established on the band's 2007 predecessor Riot! But that's not at all an excuse to critique a generally honest and uplifting album that manages to explore dark subjects in a positive way. From its headbanging yet thoughtful opener "Careful" to the highlight of the album and one of the band's most memorable hits, "Ignorance", to the top 40 tailored yet honest "The Only Exception" to its dramatic ending ballad "All I Wanted" which is strangely similar to that of Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway era, Brand New Eyes is a charming third studio effort that's charming and although it doesn't reach new ground, it's overall a success. Full Review »
  3. Nov 23, 2013
    Fantastic. This album ticks all the right boxes, and very few of the wrong ones, if any. A fantastic mix of soft music, loud music and fast music, but it was still Paramore, and not once did I doubt that *looks over at the self titled album and grimaces* not mentioning any names.... Still, this album is perfect except from one song, and that's just personal opinion. By far Paramore's best album, and I hope for more like this in the future. Full Review »