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All We Know Is Falling
A red couch in woodland setting, with the band's logo and the album's title above the couch. A shadow of a human can be seen above the couch.
Studio album by Paramore
Released July 26, 2005 (2005-07-26)
Studio
Genre
Length 35:47
Label Fueled by Ramen
Producer
  • James Paul Wisner
  • Mike Green
  • Roger Alan Nichols
  • Nick Trevisick
Paramore chronology
All We Know Is Falling
(2005)
The Summer Tic EP
(2006)
Singles from All We Know Is Falling
  1. "Pressure"
    Released: August 2, 2005[1][nb 1]
  2. "Emergency"
    Released: 2005[nb 2]
  3. "All We Know"
    Released: 2006[nb 3]

All We Know Is Falling is the debut studio album by American rock band Paramore, released on July 26, 2005 under the Atlantic-distributed Fueled by Ramen in the United States. Its production was led by James Paul Wisner, Mike Green, Nick Trevisick, and Roger Alan Nichols. Josh Farro and Hayley Williams, guitarist and vocalist of Paramore, respectively, wrote almost all the songs. The departure of bassist Jeremy Davis, which occurred a few days after arriving in Orlando, served as the album's main theme. This theme was reflected especially in the album's cover and title. Mostly categorized as a pop punk album, the album received mostly positive reviews and has been labeled a "scene classic".

The album's production took place in Orlando, Florida. Instead of making a major push towards radio, the band's A&R recommended that the band build a fanbase through word of mouth. The album received mixed reviews by music journalism, who praised the voice of Hayley Williams. However, the album had a weak domestic commercial performance: it failed to enter the Billboard 200, though it did reach number 30 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart. The album reached No. 4 on the UK Rock Chart, and in 2010 it managed to reach the place fifty-one the UK Albums Chart and earned certification as a gold record by the BPI. In July 2014, after the group found success with its following records, All We Know Is Falling received gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Three singles from the album were released: "Pressure", "Emergency" and "All We Know". None of the singles managed to reach any major chart, although "Pressure" was certified gold by the RIAA in 2016 after the band found commercial success with subsequent releases.

Background[edit]

Hayley Williams was originally signed to Atlantic Records in 2003 as a solo pop singer. However, Williams resisted the label's solo-career wishes, saying she did not envision herself as "the next Madonna".[6] As a result, she formed Paramore with Josh Farro, Zac Farro, and Jeremy Davis.[7] In her short solo career, Williams recorded some demos, which were later re-recorded with the band for a "more authentic" sound. However, the band was almost fired because the label thought they "were terrible." Williams and Farro wrote two new songs, "Here We Go Again" and "Hallelujah", which saved the group from being fired. The former song became the fifth track on All We Know Is Falling, while "Hallelujah" was saved for their sophomore album Riot! (2007).[8]

Production[edit]

The departure of bassist Jeremy Davis served as one of the themes for the album.

The group traveled to Orlando, Florida to write and record the remainder of the album. A few days after arriving in Orlando, Davis left the band. The remaining members continued work on the album.[8] The band decided to base the album's theme and around Davis' departure.[9] According to Williams, the album's cover art also represented Davis' departure: "The couch with no one there and the shadow walking away; it's all about Jeremy leaving us and us feeling like there's an empty space."[9] The album's artwork was created by Electric Heat.[10]

The album's recording process took about three weeks, with Josh Farro calling the sessions "rushed".[11] "All We Know", "Never Let This Go" and "My Heart" were recorded with producer James Paul Wisner at Wisner Productions, located in St. Cloud, Florida. "Pressure", "Emergency", "Brighter", "Whoa", "Conspiracy" and "Franklin" were recorded with producer Mike Green at ARS Studios, located in Orlando, Florida. "Here We Go Again" was recorded with producers Roger Alan Nichols and Nick Trevisick at Bigger Dog Studio, located in Franklin, Tennessee. Additional recording took place at Stone Gables Studio, located in Brentwood, Tennessee and at The Skyview Church of Tone and Soul, located in East Nashville, Tennessee.[10]

All of the songs were mixed by Green, except for "Here We Go Again", which was mixed by Nichols and Trevisick. Tom Baker mastered the recordings at Precision Mastering in Hollywood, California. Nath Warshowsky acted as the studio drum tech for every song, except for "Here We Go Again". Dave Buchman engineered "Here We Go Again". Lucio Rubino, formerly of StorySide:B, replaced the absent Davis in the studio. He performed bass on every song except for "Here We Go Again", which was done by Jeremy Cadwell.[10]

Typically, Farro would write the music while Williams wrote the lyrics. On occasion, Farro would contribute lyrics as well. "Conspiracy" was composed by Williams, Farro, and Taylor York.[10] It was the first song they wrote together.[12] Many of the lyrics in All We Know Is Falling which are not related to Davis' departure deal with the bad relationship and divorce of Williams' parents.[13] The band's influences varied in sound during the album's recording. Williams claimed influence from metal bands Underoath and Failure, and from pop rock band The Academy Is...[14] Davis said the band were heavily influenced by Slipknot.[14]

Release and promotion[edit]

Hayley Williams performing on July 4, 2006 in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the 2006 edition of Warped Tour.

Paramore released All We Know Is Falling on July 26, 2005 in the United States.[15] According to Paramore's A&R at Atlantic Records, Steve Robertson, the promotion strategy behind the album was that the band would start small and slowly build through word of mouth instead of giving the debut album a major radio promotional push. In his own words, Robertson "wanted kids to discover the band without it being shoved down their throats."[16] In September 2005, a special Japanese edition containing a previously unreleased song "O Star" was made available.[17] On May 19, 2009, a deluxe edition of the album was released exclusively on iTunes with live versions of "Pressure" and "Here We Go Again", and the music videos for all the singles.[18] A 10th anniversary edition of the album was released on December 4, 2015 on vinyl, which contains "O Star" and "This Circle" as bonus tracks; this version was limited to 4,000 copies.[19] The album featured three singles: "Pressure",[20] "Emergency"[21] and "All We Know".[5]

Two weeks before starting a tour to promote the album, John Hembree joined the band to replace bassist Jeremy Davis,[22] though Davis ended up rejoining the group after five months away from the band.[23] In February, the group went on Midwest and east coast tour with Halifax, My American Heart, and So They Say.[24] Through the spring of 2006, Paramore was an opening act on tours for both Bayside[25] and The Rocket Summer.[26] The band was initially planned to appear on the 2006 edition of the Take Action Tour in early March 2006,[27] but Williams came down with flu, which resulted in the band being replaced by Sullivan.[28] The band went on the 2006 edition of the Warped Tour, which took place in Nashville, near the group's hometown.[29] In August and September, the band headlined a tour in the United States with support from Hit the Lights, Cute Is What We Aim For and This Providence, followed by some dates in the United Kingdom in October.[30]

Reception[edit]

Critics have variously called All We Know Is Falling a pop punk,[31][32][33] emo,[33][32] or pop rock[15] album. Trevor Kelley at Alternative Press categorized the music on the album as "vaguely emo, but mostly mall-punk".[32] Tom Whitson of Click Music defined the music on the album as emo with "pop-punk beats", drawing comparisons from Avril Lavigne and Fall Out Boy.[33] The Allmusic Neil Z. Yeung referred to the album as a "formulaic" pop punk album, complete with "head-bobbing drums, straightforward riffs, and a midtempo sameness throughout".[31] In a retrospective Alternative Press review by Tyler Sharp, the album was referred to as what would have been "just another pop-rock effort that ultimately fell short in the face of its true potential" if not for the band's later success.[15] Gigwise reviewer David Renshaw also drew comparisons to Lavigne, but believed that the songs on the album were inferior to that of Lavigne's.[34]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[31]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[32]
Click Music 4.5/5 stars[33]
Gigwise 5/10 stars[34]
Punknews.org 1/5 stars[35]
The Trades A-[36]

All We Know Is Falling was met with generally positive to mixed reviews from music critics. Kelley stated "it's obvious that someone has done Williams wrong" from the lyrics in the album's the songs, and noted its similarity to Lavigne's previous studio album Under My Skin (2004).[32] Tony Pascarella of The Trades said that "these passionate, rocking tracks are what make this Tennessee group so talented [...] Paramore is a band you may not yet have heard of, but look for them to make a major splash in the very near future." He also praised Williams' voice as "a rich, powerful voice that rarely makes a mistake on this stunning debut."[36] BuzzFeed included the album at number 13 on their "36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F——ing Die" list.[37] In a tenth-anniversary review from Alternative Press, Tyler Sharp wrote that the album evolved into "a scene classic" after the band's gradual rise to mainstream popularity in later years.[15]

In a retrospective review, Yeung showed mixed feelings about the album. He regarded the album as "alright", however, he believed that the songs were too straightforward and lacked "differentiation, excitement, or the brightness that would be found on later albums."[31] Whitson said that the album was "this group of youngsters have written a great debut album for their age [...] [All We Know Is Falling] isn't the best album around, but is far from the worst."[33] Renshaw was critical about the fact that "Paramore are for the kids who think Pink is not cool enough but My Chemical Romance are too scary, they want to rebel but they have to be in by 9 o' clock. Paramore are not terrible; they are simply a transitional band."[34] Jordan "Anchors" Rogowski from Punknews.org was more critical of the album; he praised William's voice, but criticized the structures of the songs, regarding them "just too flat, too linear [...] the guitar seems a bit uninspired, the drumming a bit lazy, and the bass is barely existent, if existent at all."[35]

Commercial performance[edit]

Initially, All We Know Is Falling only charted on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart, peaking at number 30 in September 2006.[38] After the success of their second studio album Riot! (2007), the album sales gradually built. Although it never charted on Billboard 200, it did manage to take number nine eight on the Billboard Catalog Albums chart in 2009.[38] All We Know Is Falling only reached number 51 on the UK Albums Chart, but still received gold certification in 2009 by the British Phonographic Industry for shipping over 100,000 copies.[39] It was then certified in Australia in 2012, where it went gold for shipments of over 35,000 units despite never reaching an Australian chart.[40] In 2014, the album was certified gold in the United States for shipments of over 500,000 copies.[1] Initially, none of the singles managed to chart, but after the success of the aforementioned record, "Pressure" was able to peak at number 62 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart.[41] In 2016, the recording was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[42]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Hayley Williams, except when noted; all music composed by Williams & Josh Farro, except when noted.[10]

No. Title Length
1. "All We Know" 3:13
2. "Pressure" 3:05
3. "Emergency" (lyrics: Williams, Farro) 4:00
4. "Brighter" (lyrics: Williams, Farro) 3:43
5. "Here We Go Again" 3:45
6. "Never Let This Go" 3:40
7. "Whoa" (lyrics: Williams, Farro) 3:21
8. "Conspiracy" (music: Williams, Farro, Taylor York) 3:42
9. "Franklin" 3:18
10. "My Heart" (lyrics: Williams, Farro) 3:59
Bonus tracks

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per booklet.[10]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Billboard Top Heatseekers[43] 30
Chart (2007) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[44] 51
Chart (2009) Peak
position
Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums[45] 8
UK Rock Chart[46] 4

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[40] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[1] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label(s) Formats Edition
United States July 26, 2005[47] Fueled by Ramen CD, digital download, LP Standard
United Kingdom April 24, 2006[48] CD
Australia May 16, 2007[49] Warner Music Australia
United States May 19, 2009[18] Fueled by Ramen Digital download (iTunes) Deluxe
Japan June 24, 2009[17] Warner Music Japan CD, digital download, LP Standard
United Kingdom March 6, 2013[50] Fueled by Ramen Digital download
Australia March 6, 2013[51] Warner Music Australia
United States December 4, 2015[19] Fueled by Ramen LP 10th anniversary

Notes and references[edit]

Footnotes

  1. ^ In the UK, "Pressure" was released as the second single on October 30, 2006.[2]
  2. ^ In the UK, "Emergency" was released as the lead single on August 21, 2006.[3]
  3. ^ "All We Know" was released on iTunes[4] in 2006.[5]

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