Sound — 8
This album has been out for a year, but I've decided to review it anyway. Riot! is the bands second album. Each song is very emotional and energic making this a good album to help you wake up in the morning. The music gets an F in creativity, but an A in quality. Most, if not all, pop rock bands today sound the same. Pop rock songs generally involve simple, repetitive power chord progressions. Riot is no exception. The music is fun and catchy, but in no way orignal. If someone listened to an instumental verison of songs by Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, and Boys Like Girls it would sound similar.
Lyrics — 10
Each song has a different emotion or problem attachted to it. The album's first single, Misery Business, is by far the most direct song on the CD. It tells the story of a girl that interfers with the band's lives and manipulates someone close to lead singer Hayley Williams. The lyrics are strong and it's safe to say every girl can relate to. All the lyrics on the CD are well thought out and match the music perfectly. What is driving the album is easily Hayley William's impressive voice. She has a big range and belts it out on each song despite her young age. The only down side is that her voice does sound a bit contrived at times, but that is easy to forgive.
Overall Impression — 9
Riot! is a big improvement to the band's solid debut album, All We Know is Falling. The music and lyrics are stronger this time around, showing how much the band has improved in only two years. The best songs are Crushcrushcrush and We Are Broken. Crushcrushcrush is a fun song with loads of energy and power that you can't help but dance to. We Are Broken on the other hand is much slower and, like a few other songs on the CD, features a piano. It's a depressing song. The vocals are the strongest part about the record, but the music is also great and really shows each members skill at their instrument. It isn't flawless, but Riot! is the best pop rock record around. Even though it isn't breaking any ground. Fans of the genre will love it. Others, not so much.