Paramore - 'Careful'
Yup, that's right: MORE Hayley Williams. But this time, it's serious.
If you've been reading the comments over on the blog for the BOB song 'Airplanes', you'll already know there's been a bit of a conversation about Paramore and whether Hayley's dabblings in the hip hop arena constitutes some kind of betrayal of her band's original fans.
ChartBlog commenter Oliviaaa987 summed the situation up beautifully when she said: "As a 13 year old straying into alternative territory for the first time she was it; I wanted to be her in the 'Emergency' video. This isn't alternative and so my 13 year old self wouldn't approve."
I would imagine Olivia's 13-year-old self would find this song to be much more palatable.
(Here's the video. Road movie!)
Now, I make no claim to being in on Paramore's decision-making process, but I BET you this song has been put out as a single with a dual purpose. Partly to capitalise on Hayley's recent pop success - although to be fair, no-one expected 'Airplanes' to take off in quite the way it has (it isn't even officially released yet) - and partly to reassure a jittery fanbase.
If you only listen to the singles they've put out over the last year or so, Paramore have come a long way sonically, sometimes straying away from their aggro roots and into sweeter, poppier areas. This kind of abrasive, wailing alterna-rock is what hardcore fans would probably call a return to form, although hardcore fans would know it's the first song on the album all those songs came from in the first place.
Newbies might find it a rougher ride, of course. There's less to hang on to here, other than Hayley's furious howl and the band attempting to batter your facial extremities off using beat mallets and chisels made of pure grunting noise. To anyone expecting a pretty tune like that nice 'The Only Exception' song, it's got to be pretty startling.
And the emo lyrics are back too. The finger-pointing, the furious sarcasm, the eff-you-for-wasting-my-precious-feelings rhetoric. What chippy 13-year-old could resist lines like these?
"I settled down, a twisted up frown disguised as a smile,
Well you would have never known
I had it all but not what I wanted
Cause home/hope for me was a place uncharted
Kind of makes all that stuff BOB is saying about success seem a little self-aggrandising, dunnit? I mean, banging on about how well you've done pales into insignificance next to a howl of BETRAYAL like this. Who could fail to get carried away in the heat of the thing, even if there's less of a *annoyingdadvoice* Proper Song at the root of all that fury.
Black Fingernailed Reviews says: "After their last video The Only Exception I was hoping for something big and i got it :)"
Rock Music Mayhem says: "A band that has matured and polished their sound to near-perfection."
'Cause I'd Rather Waste My Life Pretending says: "It's upbeat with all the classic Paramore-esque rocking out."