Album Review: “After Laughter” by Paramore

Paramore has been a dominant band in the alternative music scene since the release of their first album All We Know Is Falling. Paramore released their latest album “After Laughter” today via. Fueled By Ramen. This is Paramore’s fifth album.

The singles released were “Hard Times,” and “Told You So.” Both singles released with music videos and have millions of views on YouTube. When Paramore released “Told You So” Spotify temporarily stopped working. Hayley Williams tweeted about the incident. After Laughter is a 12 song album. Here is the track list:

  1. Hard Times
  2. Rose- Colored Boy
  3. Told You So
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Fake Happy
  6. 26
  7. Pool
  8. Grudges
  9. Caught In The Middle
  10. Idle Worship
  11. No Friend
  12. Tell Me How

Paramore has gone through a lot since forming in 2004. The group lost Jeremy in 2005 for a brief moment, Josh and Zac Farro in 2010, lost Jeremy Davis again in 2015, and now Zac is back in the group. Even though the band has gone through some hard times (no pun intended) they always come out victorious.

The album is definitely different than prior albums, but I must say that the overall composition is phenomenal. The instrumentals on the album have such a rad vibe with the 80s/ electric feeling, but the lyrics are so hard hitting and display a lot about what Hayley Williams and Taylor York have been going through with Paramore since their release of Paramore. The lyrics display a lot of hurt, especially in “Fake Happy,” “Caught In The Middle,” “26,” and basically the whole album. When listening, grab some tissues for this emotional roller coaster. Just the title After Laughter shows that the content is hard hitting. “No Friend” has vocals by Aaron Weiss of MewithoutYou.

When listening to the album in its entirety, I couldn’t help but think about how some songs on the album parallel other popular songs. “Rose Colored Boy” resembles a bit of “Cherry Bomb” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts at the beginning of the song. The beat in “Forgiveness” sounds like “Amber” by 311, and the vibe in the chorus reminded me of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears.

Each album Paramore has put out is different than their previous work. The music was more alternative that a pop sound especially with All We Know is Falling, Riot, and Brand New Eyes but listening to Paramore’s self titled album Paramore it showcases that the group can still have that rock/alternative vibe but is able to experiment and isn’t afraid to try something new. I like that the song “26” is stripped down with the acoustic guitar and lyrically displays the hardships that was going on. With the strings that are in the song, the emotional ballad reminds me of “Hate To See Your Heart Break” and “Misguided Ghosts.” I appreciate that “26” wasn’t near the end of the album like most emotional ballads are in albums.

Overall, I feel like this album is what Paramore needed to release in order to move forward emotionally (similar to when Paramore released Brand New Eyes back in 2009.) You can buy the album on iTunes, physically at a local record store, or listen to it on Spotify, Apple Music and more.

This album has been on my list of highly anticipated after their release of Paramore in 2013. Since the release of their self titled album, I saw Paramore perform 3 times on land and twice on sea (at Parahoy in 2014 and 2016.) Paramore and Mayday Parade are my two favorite bands, and everytime something new is released I pre-order the latest albums and can’t help but feel overjoyed.

Paramore has announced tours in Europe and most of the dates are sold out. Tickets and tour information for Paramore’s tour can be found on their website. Congratulations to Paramore for putting out their fifth album which was something that I can say I was not expecting but very much enjoy.

In other news, Broadside released their next single “Hidden Colors” off of their upcoming album Paradise with a music video, This Wild Life announced on Twitter a summer tour across the United States, Alternative Press reported that Paramore settled the legal dispute between Paramore and Jeremy Davis, and Dashboard Confessional, All American Rejects and The Maine have a select amount of dates that they will be touring together in the summer. Also, I attended the Mayday Parade concert in NYC on Tuesday May 9, Long Island May 11, and I will be going to see State Champs tonight at Irving Plaza in NYC. Next week I will have a review about the shows I went to. Until then…

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*Follow me on Twitter: @ovictoriamedia for updates on music, blog posts, concert coverage, and more.

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