Sound — 10
Riot! Is by far my favourite Paramore record. All We Know Is Falling only had a few songs I really liked compared to me liking ALL of Riot! 's songs. This CD was more Punk Rock, everyone stepped up their game. Hayley's vocals have improved a great deal, more powerful than before. Zac's drumming has become more complicated (in a good way). Jeremy's bass have improved with more licks, and Josh has upgraded his guitars and added more sound effects. Paramore are still improving their technique as you read this, I can't wait until their 3rd album.
Lyrics — 10
The lyric's are fantastic. Everyone can relate to them, loving someone, getting your heart broken, and how girls are complete bitches. The lyric's and music go hand in hand, I the songs wouldn't be the same if the lyrics were different- it was meant to be. Hayley Williams- one of the greatest female vocalists of all time, and she's only 19. Such power, raw emotion, and great control. No one else can sing like her!
Overall Impression — 10
To be honest I've never heard a band quite like Paramore, so it's hard to compare them to another band. There has been a lot of hype about Hayley being compaired to Avril Lavigne, and Amy Lee. Pardon my french but I think that's bullshit because they all sing different styles. All of the tracks are brilliant! The ones that stood out the most to me were "Hallelujah"- because of Hayley's amazing voice, "Misery Business"- because of Josh's spunky riffage and solo, "Let the Flames Begin"- because of Zac's coordination on his kick drum and fills, and last but not least "Fences"- because of Jeremey's bluesy/rock licks. I loved every aspect of this record, if it where stolen/lost I would definitely buy it again. Paramore are so young and full of talent, they have achieved so much at a young age and have nowhere to go but up!