Riot! was the sophomore album from Paramore, the American band from Franklin, Tennessee. The album was released on June 12th 2007, and I was excited to get my hands on it. From hearing All We Know Is Falling, I knew I loved this band. I couldn’t wait to hear a new sound from them, and that’s exactly what I got. It was a more mature, grown-up sound from them, which I was definitely pleased about. The more I listened to it, the more I loved it and it quickly became one of my favourite albums. The 11 tracks on the album prove that Paramore are ready for the mainstream industry, not necessarily meaning they’re selling out, but are ready for bigger things.

For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic is the opening track, and it sets you off for 40 minutes of alternative rock  heaven. “Just talk yourself up, and tear yourself down” is echoed in your ears as Hayley Williams begins to unleash her faultless vocals into our hearts.

That’s What You Get is next, and the fourth and final single from Riot! With a catchy chorus that’ll definitely have you singing along, That’s What You Get has a charm to it and that’s why it made it into the UK singles chart at #55.

Hallelujah follows, and is one of my favourites from the album. With William’ vocals screaming “Hallelujah” you can’t help but warm to her sweet, but powerful, voice. It didn’t do so well in the charts, only reaching #139 in the UK. But don’t let that put you off, it’s one to watch for on the album.

Misery Business is next, and you’re instantly dancing in your seat or about the room. The opening riff can’t help but make you feel good. It was the first single from Riot! and what a way to introduce Paramore to the radio. This is definitely one of my favourites and it peaked at #17 on the UK singles charts.

When It Rains follows and is an immediate change from what we’ve heard. It’s a slower song, showing you that Hayley can also take it down a notch and bring a different side to Paramore.

Let The Flames Begin is next, and it picks up the pace with a catchy drum beat and guitar riff. Hayley’s vocals are back to what they’re use to, with a faster paced song you can’t not like.

Miracle continues the faster songs, with Hayley singing “I’ve gone for too long, living like i’m not alive” continuing with their brilliant lyrics, the chorus hooks you in and gets you singing along.

Crushcrushcrush is next, and was the third single from Riot! It did okay in the charts, making #61 in the UK and also a frontrunner to one of the best songs from the album. Hayley whispering “Crush” is your ear is probably a highlight for most male listeners!

We Are Broken pulls it back a notch, slowing the tempo right down to give you a rest from all the dancing you’d have been doing. Williams sings “Give us life again, ‘cos we just wanna be whole” giving you a completely different side to the happy Paramore you’re used to.

Fences is the next track, and possibly my favourite from the album. From start to finish, it’s a high-energy song, which makes you want to sing out the lyrics as loud as you can.

Born For This is the final track on the album, and you can clearly see this as one of the best tracks to play live. With a chorus that the audience can sing back to you, Born For This is clearly a hit with the fans, you can just tell it. The track as a whole is catchy and energetic, so it would sure get a crowd jumping.

Overall, Riot! is a fantastic album, compiling a good mix of fast-paced, catchy songs with slower tempoed songs. This is definitely a must-have for any alternative rock enthusiast and Hayley Williams clearly has one of the best voices in that music genre. It peaked in the album chart at #24 and #2 in the UK rock chart. This album is more than worthy of 8.5/10.

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