Who Should Buy This: Bubblegum emo kids, marimba enthusiasts, and grunge pop fans.
Album: After Laughter
Genre: alternative, electronic, pop
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 8/10
Sounds Like: The Maine, Misterwives, Vinyl Theatre
Best thing About this Album: The beautiful fusion of island rhythm and voicing with more traditionally alternative guitar and vocals.
One thing I wish was different: This album does a good job of riding the line between past and future, but I would’ve liked a bit more emphasis on the modern sound and slightly less retro throwback. To each their own! I just really enjoyed their innovations, and I selfishly wanted more of their new ideas to be showcased.
My Favorites: Hard Times, Told You So, Fake Happy, Idle Worship
Parental Guidance: Rose-Colored Boy has the phrase “pissed off”. Grudges has the phrase “time is a bastard”. No Friend has a swear word in it, but all the words on that track are indistinguishable mumbles, so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This is a playlist of all of the songs from the album that will automatically play through the whole album. To skip to a particular song, click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
I think it’s safe to say that this new era of Paramore has been more heavily anticipated and fraught with even more obstacles than your average album release. There are a lot of interesting things to be said within the historical context of this band, but I think that those things are already being said, I’m not the most qualified person to say those things anyway. Instead, I’d like to take this album in isolation and just share a few thoughts on this collection without consideration to interpersonal pasts.
If you can count on Paramore for one thing, it’s that they always deliver honesty in their music, which lends an inherent depth to anything that they create. Though there is an undeniable cohesion, musical influences on this album range from tropical synths, to acoustic guitar, violins, emo pop, 90’s retro, and plenty more in-between. The rhythm of this album is the true lifeblood, coming alive and giving all of the songs a depth and personification that exceeds expectations. The top-line is informed and inspired by those rhythms and delivers some really interesting and nuanced characterizations.
Here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you a better lyrical sample of the whole album.
“I still don’t know how I even survived hard times.” — Hard Times
“I’m so annoyed, ’cause I just killed off what was left of the optimist in me.” — Rose-Colored Boy
“Is it enough to keep on hoping when the rest have given up?” — Told You So
“If I never look up maybe I’ll never notice.” — Forgiveness
“If I smile with my teeth, bet you’d believe me.” — Fake Happy
“They say that dreaming is free, but I wouldn’t care what it cost me.” — 26
“I’m done giving up.” — Pool
“We just pick up, pick up and start again, ’cause we can’t keep holding on to grudges.” — Grudges
“I’m just a little bit caught in the middle. I try to keep going, but it’s not that simple.” — Caught In the Middle
“Remember how we used to like ourselves?” — Idle Worship
“I’m no savior of yours. You’re no friend of mine.” — No Friend
“Of all the weapons you fight with, your silence is the most violent.” — Tell Me How
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting Paramore by purchasing the album from their website or on your favorite digital music store (iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, etc.)
And holler at me in the comments! I’d love to talk to you all about this album.