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Generally favorable reviews- based on 220 Ratings

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  • Summary: Hayley Williams leads her Franklin, Tennessee-based band in their second album.

Top Track

Misery Business
I'm in the business of misery Let's take it from the top She's got a body like an hourglass that's ticking like a clock It's a matter of time before... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Riot! is immediately appealing because it focuses on sounds that have been neglected by the genre’s frontrunners. This is an uncomplicated album comprising of strikingly uncomplicated music, entirely lacking in 15 word song titles, Jay-Z guest appearances, and theatrical meta-concepts about performing in a rock band.
  2. The good news is that for a bunch of brats they're well in control of the complex, riddling, labyrinthine structures that go toward making the perfect pop punk songs.
  3. The sound quality is ultra-clean, it makes the listening experience relatively risk-free and also brings attention to the fact that there's not a lot of ground being broken here.
  4. 60
    Their biggest asset, though, is singer Hayley Williams, an 18-year-old siren with a killer fashion sense and an undeniable knack for writing contemplative love songs.
  5. Blender
    60
    [Hayley Williams'] Tennessee crew's second album isn't as charmingly precocious as the first. [Jul 2007, p.116]
  6. In the end, whether it's a cynical bid for the mainstream or an experiment gone wrong, Riot barely registers as a minor disturbance.
  7. Riot sounds like a crunching, flashlight-white amalgamation of Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson, save for token ballad "We Are Broken" that echoes the enchanting eighties sounds of Belinda Carlisle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 56
  2. Negative: 6 out of 56
  1. MatthewH.
    Feb 5, 2009
    10
    I loooooooooove this album. Its my favourtie album of all time. It's the first album i have bought that i actually like all of the songs!!!!!
  2. KristaH.
    Mar 6, 2008
    10
    I love this album! Paramore is my favorite band and they don't deserve the one that "camille" gave them. I'm actually getting my I love this album! Paramore is my favorite band and they don't deserve the one that "camille" gave them. I'm actually getting my hair don't like Hayleys hair. not the color the cut. I'm seeing them in concert with Jimmy Eat World. Yay! Expand
  3. Jul 11, 2013
    10
    This is such a great album! There is literally no bad song on this album! Hayley Williams has a great voice! Great vocals and great music!This is such a great album! There is literally no bad song on this album! Hayley Williams has a great voice! Great vocals and great music! Best tracks in my opinion: Misery Business, Hallelujah, Crushcrushcrush, Born For This Expand
  4. kazzlalaaaaa
    Dec 28, 2008
    10
    67? wtf the album's insane..needs to be rated higher.
  5. Nov 8, 2013
    9
    Paramore's second best album. I still think All We Know is their best work, but Their first two albums are really what Ill remember of them.Paramore's second best album. I still think All We Know is their best work, but Their first two albums are really what Ill remember of them. The band fell apart after the Ferro brothers left. Sad to see they arnt a punk band anymore. Expand
  6. Mar 9, 2017
    7
    Paramore's approach to Riot!'s spectrum of pop rock-driven emotions is expertly orchestrated by Hayley William's talent as a singer, whichParamore's approach to Riot!'s spectrum of pop rock-driven emotions is expertly orchestrated by Hayley William's talent as a singer, which outshines the otherwise complimenting-yet-forgettable output from the rest of the band.

    Album highlight: Born for This
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  7. Oct 8, 2018
    0
    Nothing more than a flyover Christian rock band, with brightly colored hair. Music just as bad as Kelly Clarkson. Pass.

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