Album review: Paramore – This Is Why

For a couple of evenings last October, Paramore were back to being overlords of emo. Nestled alongside My Chemical Romance as co-headliners of Las Vegas’ uber-showcase When We Were Young, the Tennessee trio delved deep into their catalogue, springing only a couple of songs written after 2013 and reminding us why we fell in love in the first place. Evidently, however, not an ounce of that nostalgic pandering has leaked into splendid sixth album This Is Why. ‘If you have an opinion, maybe you should shove it,’ Hayley Williams intones over the playful first chords of the title-track. On one hand, it feels like a throwback to the quiet venom with which the singer made her name. On the other, it’s a signpost that she’s proudly going her own way. Six years since Par...

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