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The best moment on Paramore's Brand New Eyes — a record full of great moments — comes in "Where the Lines Overlap," when vocalist Hayley Williams breaks the fourth wall and belts: "I've got a feeling if I sing this loud enough, you'll sing it back to me." It's a jarring moment, the rock equivalent of Jeff Daniels stepping off the screen in The Purple Rose of Cairo.
The "you" in that lyric is, of course, you the listener, you the potential future audience member who will, when Williams sings the line in question, do exactly as you are told. This isn't compulsory — it's simple reflex: What Paramore are best at is writing songs that result in both joy and an almost subconscious desire for full-bodied active participation; they're a hyperactive hypnotists with a badass lead vocalist and hundred-mile-an-hour hooks, and anyone who doubts their rock 'n' roll bona fides needs to spend three minutes and 17 seconds with this.
Forget where it actually falls in the band's discography, Brand New Eyes is, for all intents and purposes, the Difficult Second Record, the one a band makes after the Big Breakthrough that turned heads and, nine times out of 10,… read more »