Paramore Embrace the Present Moment on “This Is Why”

Paramore’s new album, “This Is Why,” showcases the band’s willingness to stay in the present moment, refusing to dwell on the past or feel the need to break new ground. The album’s lyrical themes revolve around the idea of time, with frontwoman Hayley Williams singing about the ever-present feeling of running out of it. Williams acknowledges that the band’s past work is still available for fans to explore or revisit but avoids leaning too far into nostalgia.

The group premiered the track “Why We Gotta Be In A Rush?” at an album release kickoff show in Nashville, with Williams explaining that the song is merely about feeling like she’s running out of time and wanting to do more for the people in her life.

Paramore’s sound has always been a fusion of pop, punk, and rock, and their sixth album stays true to this formula. The trio’s music has been a defining genre for many, and it’s no secret that they’ve influenced countless rising Gen Z acts. With “This Is Why,” however, they show no interest in capitalizing on their past success, opting instead to stay grounded in the present moment.

Williams’s powerful vocals are as hypnotic as ever, and the album’s consistent thread is its focus on time’s never-ending passage. “Crave,” for instance, features Williams singing about the romanticization of even the worst of times, highlighting the connections between the present, future, and past.

In a world of constant sequels, reboots, and nostalgia, Paramore’s “This Is Why” is a breath of fresh air. The band’s willingness to embrace the present moment and stay true to their signature sound makes for a cohesive and enjoyable listening experience. While it may not be breaking new ground, “This Is Why” is a reminder that sometimes, it’s okay to take a step back and simply be in the present.

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