The Final Riot Review

artist: Paramore date: 08/21/2009 category: dvd

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Paramore: The Final Riot
Released: November 25, 2008
Genre: Pop Rock, Alternative Rock
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Number Of Tracks: 15
It is the second official live album by the band Paramore and was released on November 25, 2008 with a bonus DVD containing the full live concert plus behind the scenes footage.
 Sound: 9.5
 Content: 8.5
 Production Quality: 8.5
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 9.5
The Final Riot Reviewed by: unregistered, on november 26, 2008
6 of 14 people found this review helpful

Sound: A little over a year after the release of the critically acclaimed 2007 album 'RIOT! ', Franklin, TN's Paramore has, as their hit single 'Misery Business' predicted, watched their wildest dreams come true. Since the release of 'RIOT! ', Paramore have been nominated for a Grammy, an MTV VMA, won the Woodie of the Year award, been on the cover of Rock Bible Alternative Press twice (being heralded band of the year by editor's and readers alike), headlined two national tours and four warped Vans tours, and received their first RIAA Platinum Certification as sales for 'RIOT! ' still continue to build each week. Summer 2008 marked the end of the 'RIOT! ' era for Paramore as the band embarked on The Final RIOT! Summer Tour 2008, and director Brandon Chesbro was along for the ride, filming every second of the tour for the 'The Final RIOT! ' Live CD/DVD, in stores now on Fueled By Ramen. 'The Final RIOT! ' is a Live CD/DVD that documents the band in their most intimate moments on tour, with exclusive interviews with the band, full access behind the scenes and on the bus, at soundcheck, at rehearsals and more. On top of all that extra footage is an entire 15 song live set that was filmed at the Chicago stop of The Final RIOT! Tour, for what the band has called their 'Best Show ever! ' Join millions of fans around the world as they experience The Final RIOT! // 10

Content: 01.Intro: nice little intro of the band just as their about to go on stage. Then Josh appears on stage playing a little intro he created, then Taylor joins in, as does Jeremy and Zac and then Hayley appears and they burst into... 02.Born For This: great song to start off the show as Hayley does some moshing and jumping around the stage and the band not missing a note of the song, with the crowd singing loudly back to the band. 03.That's What You Get: the band start off this song and the crowd go wild. Another great song 04.Here We Go Again: nice little song. Once again the crowd go wild. 05.Fences: haven't heard the band play this live in a while. Nice to hear it again. 06.Crushcrushcrush: the crowd sing at their possible loudest for this song. 07.Let The Flames Begin: do a nice little guitar intro for this song. One of the band's best song's. 08.When It Rains: nice soft song with the crowd singing along. 09.My Heart: the band perform an acoustic version that's quite good. Unfortunately no Screamo from Josh. 10.Decoy: a B-side on some versions of RIOT! A great song all aroun with Hayley hitting all notes. 11.Pressure: the crowd go crazy with this song. 12.For A Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic: one of the band's best song's and the band not missing a note. 13.We Are Broken: one of the soft song's but a brilliant one. 14.Emergency: the crowd go wild... yet again. Hallelujah: Great version of this song with Hayley singing a verse from Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah.' 15.Misery Business: great song, with Hayley hitting every note and doing a lot of moshing. // 9

Production Quality: Great camera views. With amazing view's of the crowd and the band and occasionally freeze-framing for the best parts of the show. Great production quality. Camera quality is amazing. Nice Sound. Can't complain about one thing on this DVD/CD it's simply amazing and it shortens the distance between the band's next album. // 9

Overall Impression: All around a good live DVD with the inclusion of the CD making it that much more better. Although Hayley missed a few notes during some part's of the show. If it were stolen I would hunt that person and torture them to death. I just love this DVD/CD I've listened or watched it at least once every day I just can't put it down! // 10

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overall: 8.3
The Final Riot Reviewed by: idiotbox919, on august 21, 2009
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: Overall the sound on both the CD and accompanying CD are of a very high standard. The band rarely miss a note with Hayley also hitting the vast majority of hers (she misses a few here and there, but you can count them on a single hand) and the energy of the band captured well. Apart from the issues with the crowd mentioned later, everything comes through clearly. Generally, the live recording is of a good standard but I have a couple of problems with both the CD and the DVD. Firstly, on the CD the crowd levels seem too low. I don't necessarily think the crowd levels should be boosted, that's personal preference, but on some parts where the crowd have been invited to sing it seems incredibly quiet. My main problem with the sound on the DVD is that for a recording in 5.1 surround the rear channel is barely used, except for crowd noise, which as I stated earlier seems incredibly quiet, to me this seems a waste. // 9

Content: As for the set list, I was reasonably satisfied with it. All the expected hits are present such as, Misery Business, Here We Go Again, That's What You Get, etc. In addition to this there is a nice surprise in the form of decoy (a North American B-Side, I think) and the first verse of Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah. However, having said that there are issues with the set list, firstly the inclusion of an acoustic version of My Heart which was, in my opinion, a mistake. If you're familiar with the band you will know that they have quite a few slower songs which, when you take one of the faster songs and slow it right down, resulted in too much "down time" where you're waiting for the energy to pick up again. The final gripe I have with the content is with the CD, where a lot of the talk between the songs is cut out. This for me is a problem for two reasons, firstly, I think it robs the band of their chance to show their personality. But more significantly, is that before playing "We Are Broken" Hayley speaks of a charity they are working with called Love146 which raises awareness of sex slavery, however, this is cut from the CD and were it not from the DVD I would not have known about it. In addition to the concert there is a short 40 days of riot documentary about the tour and life with the band. It's a nice little feature but I feel it could be much longer and more in depth, for a case of how I believe it should have been done look at Lamb of God's "Walk With Me In Hell" DVD. However, all gripes aside, it should be noted that you are getting the CD and DVD for the same price that I would expect to pay for the CD alone, so value for money is high. It is for that reason that content gets an 8 instead of 7. // 8

Production Quality: The production is good, without ever being great. The camera gets nice shots of the crowd with some stunning shots of Hayley, however, it is clear that, as far as whoever edited the DVD is concerbed, Hayley Williams IS Paramore. The clear focus for the entire show is always Hayley with very little screen time for anyone else, particularly Zac on drums, who is rarely seen at all. However, there is good reason for this, Hayley is by a large margin the energy of the band. She runs about stage, headbangs and gets the crowd going. The others are much less exciting. Jeremy and Taylor do have their moments (the flip in "Pressure" is awesome) however, they are less consistently energetic. The big disappointment in terms of showmanship is Josh, who seems to be under the impression that because he is occasionally needed for backup vocals he can never be more than a foot away from his mic. The cameras capture the energy of the band well and get some nice sweeping shots of crowd action. Overall, the picture quality is good, however, if you do want the best quality you should pick up the blu-ray copy which is a significant increase over the DVD. There are occasional dramatic slow-mo bits or freeze frames, which add to the intensity without becoming tiresome. Please note: Add 2 to the score if referring to the blu-ray version. // 8

Overall Impression: Overall, I would definately recommend this. It is by no means groundbreaking, but it ticks all the boxes without ever doing anything exceptional. As I mentioned earlier, special features are somewhat lacking when compared to the Lamb of God DVD I used as a comparison, however, Lamb of God outdid themselves with this and had I not been somewhat spoilt by their offering I may have rated the content here more favourably. The highlight of the DVD is definately the near perfect performance given by Hayley Williams, further confirming that she is an incredibly talented vocalist for someone of her age and experience. If it were stolen or lost I would definately buy another copy as I think it's a very well done CD/DVD set, as I stated it doesn't really do anything extra, but it does all the basics very well. // 8

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