Paramore Finally Bust Up the Lonely Tears Boys Club

Emo's Femme Fatale, Hayley Williams

Elsewhere, the singer tries out a couple of new, generally non-emo emotions: gratefulness and contentment. Both of the record's most lasting potential hits also happen to be refreshingly cloudless: "I've never been happier/No one is as lucky as us," she beams on "Where the Lines Overlap," over major chords handed down from the pop-punk gods. (As she explained it recently, "I was so afraid of sounding like all these bands that go from being really hungry on one album to talking about paparazzi following them around on their next one"—Pete Wentz, take note.) And future wedding song "The Only Exception" is a rewrite of Coldplay's "Yellow" that deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as that karaoke classic. Reining in her hair-metal-worthy wails for a moment, Williams opts for a stool-sitting tone, spacing out each word of the titular refrain so it lasts that much longer. "I'm on my way to believing," she concludes, faithfully. We're already there.

Paramore play Hammerstein Ballroom October 21

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