Paramore at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 10/27/2013
With Davis and York, their solidified lineup seems to fit much better than the previous one with the now-departed founding Farro brothers. Now they feel fueled by more freedom, confidence, and obvious camaraderie, on another level. The three work well together -- they're funny and engaging and cute; the boys sometimes do random choreography with their guitars.
Three slower songs played in a row: "Daydreaming," "When It Rains," and "Last Hope." Williams, seated at a keyboard, still managed to pull the audience to participate in everything she did, so there was never the dreaded "ballad lull" sometimes felt at concerts. "Last Hope" was a joy. Williams explained that it was one of those "perfect songs" that they all sat down and clicked and wrote in five minutes. I'm not surprised. It's extremely effortless and honest and relatable.
"Brick By Boring Brick," "Interlude: Holiday," and "Crushcrushcrush" came next, which included a huge audience dance break when Williams got every member of the audience to stand get their groove on.
During "Ain't It Fun" the band brought out the choir from Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Davis had a nice bass break. Hit "The Only Exception" was next, a sincere love song that manages to be sweet and appeal to a younger audience but has more complexity than your typical Top 40 Selena Gomez ballad dreck. Next, "In the Mourning" included a snippet of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," followed by "Pressure," during which Davis and York acted like guitar heroes and Davis rolled over York's back while playing.
Breakout song "Misery Business" rounded out the regular set, as Williams sang like it was the first time she had ever performed it in front of an audience. This song still kicks an insane amount of ass. The band brought up audience member, "Rebecca," who got to sing the breakdown all by herself as the audience cheered her on. It was a great moment. Williams hugged Rebecca and the group exited the stage.
The crowd screamed during a very short encore and less than two minutes later, Paramore returned to the stage, thanking the crowd profusely, and opening with "Part II." Next came "Interlude: Moving On," and then, of course, the sticky-sweet radio hit, "Still Into You." An infectious song about crushing on someone you are already with, this song explains my feelings about Paramore: after all this time, I'm still into you. And quite happily, I'm not the only one.
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