Sound — 9
"Brand New Eyes" is Paramore's third album and is possibly their best work to date. The whole album is filled with great songs, in their signature "Paramore" style, but they show that they are able to depart from that style and do it well. They open with "Careful" a song that's done very much like a staple Paramore song, which I believe is a good thing, because it keeps regular Paramore fans roped in to the rest of the album. This is followed by their single "Ignorance", which was released some months ago. This song seems a more "punk-esque" driven song, starting with a powering riff and a belted out chorus. After you have "Playing God" which is a somewhat softer and slower song. Their songs are similar enough to their old ones that they can be recognized easily, but it's the song "Misguided Ghosts" that is the surprise here. It breaks away from their style and instead uses, two very simple acoustic guitars with singer Hayley Williams over it. Very soft and very much lyrically-driven. The guitar work on this album is not too complicated, considering their style of music, but this is by no means a bad thing. The guitar is actually rather varied in the album, ranging from acoustic chords in "The Only Exception" to note-based riffs in "Playing God" to electric chords in "Where the Lines Overlap" The only fault I can see with this album is that the song structures remain similar, if not the same throughout the entire album. This is not too troubling though, and the variety of songs more than makes up for it. Paramore is a relatively young band, with their debut album in 2005, but with their work on this album, it seems they've been at it for much longer. If you've listened to their past albums, it's very heartening to hear the band developing as musicians and the songs on the album are just downright great.
Lyrics — 10
This is probably the strongest part of the album. Singer Hayley Williams shows her amazing control of voice and range of music she can do. She shows she can still belt out full shouted vocals on the track "Ignorance" and can sing with great control and care with songs like "Misguided Ghosts" and "The Only Exception". Her vocal skills have been praised by several reviewers and I can only do the something. There is no doubt that her singing is nothing short of amazing. The lyrics in this song are also very good, and here, you can see more development in the band. Their lyrics have lost some of their naivety from their past albums, but make up for it with even better lyrics. Lyrics ranging from "Where the Lines Overlap" a "happy" song by any accounts, to songs like the very wonderful "Misguided Ghosts".
Overall Impression — 10
In my opinion, this is their best work. The development of the band can be seen and the culmination of it is astounding. This band made it to my favorites the first time I listened to them, and this album only keeps them there. My favorite songs are "Brick by Boring Brick", "Turn It Off" and "Where the Lines Overlap". This album is a definite must have for fans of the band, and anyone who likes the "pop-punk-rock" sort of music should give this band a shot as well.