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Paramore - The Final Riot!

2009-01-26 09:09
The Final Riot!
The pop-rock 20-somethings from Tennessee have produced a really impressive live album. Recorded during their last gig in Chicago on 12 August 2008, the songs are catchy, there is a good mix between fast and slower tunes and lead singer Hayley Williams, barely 20 years old, has a voice to take note of.

While she has an infectiously energetic stage personality, she even manages to whip the crowd up into a near frenzy on the slower songs. However, sometimes it does sound a bit like she is leading a praise and worship session - like when the band takes a risky gamble by attempting the first verse of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" as an intro to their own song of the same name. Still, their fans are the O.C. generation after all, who undoubtedly know the popular Jeff Buckley version, and Williams does do the song snippet justice. It's always fun when a live album makes you feel like you are actually part of the audience, shouting out the lyrics and bouncing along to the tunes.

It soon becomes obvious that Paramore has a dedicated fan base, with the crowd singing along to almost every song. And let's not forget about the bonus DVD boosted with live footage of the Chicago gig and a "40 days of Riot" documentary about the band on tour. Besides the normal tour bus shots that prove just how 'fun! & whacky!' Paramore is, towards the end sappiness takes hold when they declare, "like… they are real people to us….like they're not just fans…they're our friends".

Those who are already "friends" of Paramore will love this live album. For the rest of us it is an excellent introduction to the band.

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