Paramore is back, and hits fans and critics with a different sound, as well as a much more positive attitude than on 2009’s Brand New Eyes. After a nearly three year hiatus from releasing their last LP, Paramore have released Now, the lead single off of their self titled album, due to come out in April of 2013. Not only is this single different in terms of sound, which has an 80’s electronic vibe, but it is also minus two members, Josh and Zac Farro who left the group on unfriendly terms in 2009. Current Angels and Airwaves drummer Ilan Rubin has taken on the percussion on the new record, and judging from this first single the brief taste of his drumming that fans have received on Now does not disappoint. Solid, and not too fast, it is a nice departure from the fast, complicated drum beats, which were frantically pounded out by Zac Farro. Haley William’s vocals on this track feature her strong vocals, which provides fans with a little of the old familiar sound but Paramore’s usual, but often predictable sound is all but lost on this track.
Taylor York and Jeremy Davis provide great guitar parts and bass lines that drive the song, which is something that makes Paramore songs so likable to so many. Never simple, the guitar parts are intricate and well played, which set Paramore apart from many of their pop punk peers.
While Now shows Paramore going in a different direction than previous singles or albums, it is a fresh track that shows their growth as musicians and songwriters. Paramore’s self titled 4th album will be released on April 9th, 2013.
Justin Timberlake’s new single, “Suit and Tie”, which is from his new album 20/20 Experience, is a catchy pop tune that will do extremely well on pop radio, despite his long hiatus since FutureSex/Love Sounds in 2006. His light falsetto range displays his mastery of what makes a good pop song, as he pulls you in and invites you to crank up your stereo, roll the windows down, and share the song with the cars sitting next to you at the stop light. While the intro to the song takes a while to pick up, at the forty-five second mark the song kicks into high gear, bringing in a mixture of electronic sounds and a hip hop influenced drum track that brings color and energy to the track. Justin’s voice is also strong, while being sultry and incredibly soulful.
An appearance by Jay Z adds a little something extra to the song, as it all leads back to the influences and sounds of his time with N’Sync and his solo career, which is a healthy dose of R&B, with some Michael Jackson thrown in, all making it an irresistible pop song that will lead to the repeat button on your stereo being permanently stuck. While the song has great musical quality, the lyrics however are shallow, demonstrating a lack of depth, “And as long as I’ve got my suit and tie/ I’m a leave it all on the floor tonight/And you got fixed up to the nines/Let me show you a few things/All pressed up in black and white/And you’re dressed in that dress I like. This seems to be the least of Timberlake’s worries, as the song has proven to be catchy enough to top the Billboard Charts at number 4, which is good news for Timberlake’s music career since he has not released any new material for almost six years. 20/20 Experience will be released in March of 2013.