While this album is a clear departure from Paramore's usual style, I was absolutely floored (in a good way) by its vibrancy. When contrasted with Hayley's bleak lyrics, it produces a really dreamy, magical effect. "Pool" is my favourite track, but I also love "26" and "Hard Times".
After laughter is paramore's 5th album. its a very different sound from their 4 previous albums which were alternative rock. This album has more of a catchy synth pop 80s feel. Personally I liked their old music better and all these songs seem to sound the same.
I still support Paramore, but this new album is terrible. It sounds like 80's bubblegum pop threw up. Ick. Not worth wasting an hour of your life or putting your ears through the torture.
I first saw Paramore when they opened for No Doubt in 2009. At the time, I hadn't heard of the band before, but they were fantastic live even if their grunge rock roots weren't my cup of tea at the time. Flash forward to their new release After Laughter that takes a complete musical 180 resulting in a sound that is both of the past and the future. After Laughter sounds like an 80s pop inspired John Hughes soundtrack with lots of synth and upbeat rhythms that contrast the often somber, melancholic, and ambivalent tone to the lyrics. Yet, it feels fresh even with the retro flair. I love that every song has an intimate feel to it and plays like a diary entry into the life of the songwriter. I've been listening to the lead single Hard Times way more than I probably should, but it is a testament to how catchy the music is. After Laughter is the perfect summer album to put on repeat while driving on the open road with the windows down or hosting a BBQ by the pool.
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