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{{Infobox Album
Name = Brand New Eyes
Cover = Brand_New_Eyes_cover.jpg
Type = Studio
Artist = Paramore
Released =
(see release history)
Recorded = January–March 2009 at Lightning Sound Studios, California, United Statesmarker
Genre = Alternative rock, pop punk, emo
Length = 40:16
Label = Fueled by Ramen
Producer = Paramore, Rob Cavallo
Reviews =
Last album = The Final Riot

This album = Brand New Eyes

Next album =

}}Brand New Eyes (styled as brand new eyes) is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Paramore, released September 29, 2009 through Fueled by Ramen in the United States and Canada.

The album was produced by Rob Cavallo and recorded in Hidden Hills, Californiamarker from January to March, 2009. It topped the charts in many countries across the world including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom, making it the band's most successful album to date.

Background, writing and production

After the release of Riot! and a nonstop year, a blog post that stated they were having "internal issues" in early 2008, coupled with a week of cancelled shows, speculation arose that the band was going to breakup. Not long after, it was resolved and claimed to be an issue of the members never having time to talk about things such as how they "were all growing up, and sometimes, when you're growing up, you're not always growing together". Further struggles to write new material had singer Hayley Williams speaking of the doubts she had surrounding the writing of the record and meeting the expectations placed on the band after the success of Riot!. She was also concerned about lyrics that involved current issues, as opposed to resolved issues that she had written about in the past. "I was like, 'This isn't a feel-good song, because I'm writing about something I'm going through right now, and it's still painful,'" she continued. "And I confused that with actually not liking the songs, when actually I was prouder of them than I've ever been before. They're heavier emotions for me... I'm still going through some of this stuff, and these songs are really healing to me." The band as a whole treated the writing as a therapeutic experience, which helped them hash out old differences. Now that "all those words were out on the table", they were able to have their first real conversations in a longtime, resolving the internal struggles they had been facing, by going back to the reasons why they started the band and had wanted to play music in the first place. Consequently, Paramore decided to name the record Brand New Eyes because of the allusion to seeing things from a whole new perspective, "Just trying to let go of whatever we might have struggled with the past and just see each other in a new way," explained Williams.

Paramore spent six weeks in pre-production at Emac Studios in their hometown of Franklinmarker, the first time they had undergone pre-production without the guidance of a producer. A visit from record producer Rob Cavallo reassured the band that they were on the right track with the album and that their new material had the potential to surpass the success of their previous work. Although it was originally planned to record the album close to home in Nashvillemarker, the band commenced recording in Calabasas, Californiamarker with Cavallo at the end of March 2009. They then added to the original material written at home with additional tunes written with the help of Cavallo after the move to Calabasas. Paramore finished production by May 2009, in time for a tour in support of No Doubt.

Promotion and release

The first single from the album was "Ignorance", which was made available via digital download on July 7, on the same date the album became available for pre-order on Paramore's official website. "Brick by Boring Brick" was confirmed to be the second single from the album, released in November 2009. The album's cover, an image of a butterfly divided from its wings, inspired the line "The angles were all wrong / Now she's ripping wings off of butterflies".

Two versions of the album were made available; a standard CD edition as well as a deluxe package that has sold out in the United States. The deluxe version included the album on CD, a 40-page hardcover journal, Hayley Williams' handwritten lyrics and notes on the album, a color vinyl 7" single with two acoustic songs and a DVD featuring an exclusive 'making-of' documentary. The CD was also one of the first to use iTunes LP.

Upon release, Brand New Eyes entered the Billboard 200 at number 2, selling 175,000 copies in its first week.


Critical response to Brand New Eyes was mostly positive. According to Metacritic, the album holds a score of 76 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews", based on 12 reviews through October 1, 2009. writer Julia Conny scored the album at 82% and praised frontwoman Hayley Williams, "Simultaneously down-to-earth and on top of the world, there is something about this Williams character that makes an album like Brand New Eyes more than another notch on that slutty pop-rock bedpost. Just imagine what will happen when the band hits their mid-twenties." Andrew Leahey of Allmusic gave the album a positive review, stating, "Brand New Eyes presents Paramore as a stronger, leaner, and altogether more consistent band." Alternative Press awarded the album 4.5/5 and Scott Heisel praised the improvement of the album over its predecessor; "Riot! was ridiculously top-loaded, with an unmemorable second half. eyes astonishes from start to finish, with the bouncy and confessional "Looking Up" and the immensely powerful track "All I Wanted" showing up as diamonds in an already gem-covered rough". Sarah Bee, journalist for the BBC gave a largely favorable review and summarized, "If you didn't like Paramore before, their third album is unlikely to sway you. They make the kind of forceful, commercial emo-pop that music lovers love to hate. However, as forceful, commercial emo-pop goes – and it does – Brand New Eyes is very good. It is brash and gauche, but charming." Evan Lucy of Billboard also wrote a favorable review, saying, "Although the new set may lack the wide-eyed naiveté that made the group's past efforts so endearing, the newfound maturity makes for a compelling set of songs." Big Cheese magazine awarded a maximum 5 star rating and Cathy Reay wrote, "Brand New Eyes is a huge milestone for an intelligent, honest young band that deserve far more mainstream recognition than they get." Drowned In Sound awarded the album 8/10 and while writer Paul Stephen Gettings stated the record isn't "pushing any boundaries", he praised its longevity: "[...] if you're already a critic, this isn't going to convince you otherwise. This is a realization, and an affirmation, of Paramore's musical craftmanship and potential longevity. They have allowed themselves to grow and still retain the innocence and optimism that makes them so irresistible." Kerrang! reviewer Dan Slessor gave the album 4 Ks (4/5) and claimed, " Brand New Eyes they have arguably delivered the most accomplished and affecting record of their career." NME were also favorable in their review. Although being critical of the album's slower moments, Leonie Cooper praised the record as a whole; "Sure, the two slower tracks might make for a break in the relentless pace, but who needs the rest? If you just so happen to be one of the best in the up-tempo pop-smattered emo-punk game, why bother slowing down? For this lot, more is most certainly more." Rock Sound however, went on to laud the slower efforts. "The album's big surprise comes in the form of the stripped-down closing tracks 'Misguided Ghosts' and 'All I Wanted', which see the fragility of Hayley's vocals laid against sparse instrumentation with truly immaculate results." Reviewer Faye Lewis went on to summarize, "Paramore are a young band growing up in the public glare, and although that would send many to the funny farm, it's made this quintet even stronger and Brand New Eyes is by far their best record yet". Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone scored the album at 3 stars out of 5. Much like Leonie Cooper of NME, he was critical of slower moments: "But some of the sweeping moments blunt the band's fresh-faced immediacy — as if the cute kids from the sticks have had a hard time turning pro." Spin magazine awarded 4 stars out of 5 in their review and complimented the band for standing out in a generic genre. "Paramore's follow-up, Brand New Eyes, which, at a moment of wet-and-wild Warped Tour cynicism (see Cobra Starship and 3OH!3), offers a principled reminder of a more earnest, honest age."



Paramore announced their U.S. tour for Brand New Eyeson their official site, with The Swellersand Paper Routejoining them as opening acts. The first show of the tour was played at a packed Fox Theater in Pomona, Californiamarker, on September 29, 2009 (the day of the album's release).During "Decode", lead vocalist Hayley Williamslost her voice and the two remaining songs in the setlist were played instrumentally. The tour, which previously went from September 29, 2009, to November 1, 2009, was later officially postponed on October 2, 2009, due to a case of laryngitisfor singer Hayley Williams. The full tour resumed on October 10, 2009, in Chicago.

The band also announced that they would be doing a European tour starting off in Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker, on November 29, 2009, with You Me at Six, Paper Route, and Now, Now Every Children supporting all UK tour dates.

Track listing

All music composed by Paramore; all lyrics written by Hayley Williamsand Josh Farro, except where noted.

  1. "Careful" - 3:50
  2. "Ignorance" - 3:38
  3. "Playing God" (Williams, Farro, York) - 3:02
  4. "Brick by Boring Brick" 4:13
  5. "Turn It Off" - 4:19
  6. "The Only Exception" - 4:27
  7. "Feeling Sorry" (Williams, Farro, York) - 3:05
  8. "Looking Up" - 3:29
  9. "Where the Lines Overlap" - 3:18
  10. "Misguided Ghosts" (Williams, Farro, York) - 3:01
  11. "All I Wanted" (Williams, York) - 3:48

Bonus tracks

International edition
  1. "Decode" (Williams, Farro, York) - 4:22
Deluxe edition
  1. "Ignorance" (Acoustic)" - 3:40
  2. "Where the Lines Overlap" (Acoustic)" - 3:12
iTunes bundle
  1. "Ignorance" (Acoustic)" - 3:40
  2. "Brick by Boring Brick" (Acoustic)" - 4:22
  3. "Turn It Off" (Acoustic)" - 3:47

Deluxe box edition

The deluxe edition is limited to 15,000 copies and includes the full album with two bonus tracks, a 40-page hard-cover journal with Hayley Williams' handwritten lyrics and notes on the album, a yellow colored vinyl 7" single with two songs ("Ignorance" acoustic and "Where the Lines Overlap" acoustic), a DVD featuring an exclusive making-of documentary (with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, plus rare band vignettes from, a 16-page full-color booklet, an exclusive Paramore poster, five limited edition collectable Paramore photos printed on hardstock paper, and a numbered certificate of authenticity. It sold out in all webstores.


The following personnel contributed to Brand New Eyes:



Release history

Chart performance


  1. Issue #1279.
  2. Caulfield, Keith and Monica Herrera. "Barbra Streisand Surprises With Ninth No. 1 on Billboard 200". October 7, 2009.
  3. Alternative Press (Magazine) #255 October 2009, p. 111 Paramore - brand new eyes - 4.5 stars out of 5 - Scott Heisel
  4. Big Cheese (Magazine) #115 September 2009, p. 96 Paramore - Brand New Eyes (Fueled by Ramen) - 5 stars out of 5 - Cathy Reay
  5. Kerrang! (Magazine) #1280 September, 23 2009. p52 POWER-POP QUINTET RISE AGAIN IN FABULOUS STYLE - KKKK - Dan Slessor
  6. Brand New Eyes Deluxe Edition Box Set
  10. UK Rock Chart

Rock Sound
Top 75 Albums of the Year
Catalogue #
September 25, 2009
Fueled by Ramen
Compact Disc, Digital Download
United Kingdommarker
September 28, 2009
Fueled by Ramen
Compact Disc, Digital Download
United Statesmarker
September 29, 2009
Fueled by Ramen
Compact Disc, Digital Download
October 21, 2009
Fueled by Ramen
Enhanced CD
Chart (2009)


(sales thresholds)
Australian Albums Chart
Austrian Albums Chart
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloniamarker)
Canadian Albums Chart
Danish Album Chart
Finnish Albums Chart
French Albums Chart
German Album Charts
Irish Albums Chart
Italian Albums Chart
Mexican Albums Chart
Netherlands Albums Chart
New Zealand Albums Chart
Norway Albums Chart
Spanish Albums Chart
Swedish Albums Chart
Swiss Albums Chart
UK Albums Chart
UK Rock Chart
US Billboard 200
US Billboard Alternative Albums

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