Paramore are the kind of band I can take or leave. While there is no denying the enormous talents of frontwoman Hayley Williams, their music can border on annoying at times. Upon first listen, I absolutely hated their new single “This is Why” from the forthcoming album of the same name (2023). Then I heard it again and again and now even the chorus doesn’t bug me. In fact it’s stuck in my head. And now it’s stuck in yours too! Muahaha.
While Paramore are still firmly pop rock, this song has certain elements of jazz and funk. The lyrics are sharp and current. They’ve come a long way from the emo pop punk princes and princess they once were.