Welcome to our Thursday Music Feature! This week Susan is reviewing TWO new Albums in TWO feature posts. Here is the second - Flowers for Vases / descanos from Hayley Williams.
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I've been a lifelong Paramore fan and Hayley Williams is my all time fave female vocalist. I have no shame in saying I have a girl crush on Hayley. I have the lyrics from my fave song, Let the Flames Begin, tattooed on my arm. Paramore are the band I've seen most live, and one band I would buy tickets to a gig no matter what. I mean, I'd watch them perform the periodic table and love it.
I may be an almost 36 year old woman, but the moment Misery Business comes on, I'm moshing like I'm a teen again.
One of my all time favorite Paramore and Hayley memories, is the first time Paramore returned to Manchester, after the Manchester bombings and Hayley sang Last Hope with just an acoustic guitar and every single voice sang the lyrics back to her and I was choked with emotion because I knew the significance of the lyrics, and how, after such a terrible tragedy, music was still a safe haven for all and hate could not win.
Flowers for Vases/descansos is a haunting, beautifully tragic album, filled with heart-breaking lyrics and enchanting melodies that have that instant calm feeling. The fact that Hayley wrote, sang and played every instrument on the album is impressive.
Standout tracks for me: My Limb, Asystole, Trigger, Good Grief, Inordinary, HYD, No Use I Just Do and Just a Lover.
But this is one of those rare unskippable albums that is brilliant from start to finish and when it ends, you'll want to play it all over again.
Susan Harris is a writer from Cork, Ireland and when she’s not torturing her readers with heart-wrenching plot twists or killer cliffhangers, she’s probably getting some new book related ink, binging her latest TV or music obsession, or with her nose in a book. She is a proud founding Member of the Muser VIPers and is responsible for Melanie not breaking the Website on an almost daily basis!
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