Written By: Melanie Pabst
Originality: (5 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (5 / 5) Lyrics: (5 / 5) Production: (5 / 5) Average: (5 / 5)
Paramore got me through my transition into high school. I was young and I remember blasting their album, Riot through my headphones, singing as loud as I could, trying my hardest to sound even just a little like Hayley Williams. I know it’s unrealistic, but a girl can dream, right? Anyway, I’ve been a fan of Paramore for some time. So, when I heard about the release of After Laughter, naturally I was stoked! Well, After Laughter is here. And it’s a breath of fresh air.
Most likely, if you’ve listened to any type of alternative music before, you’ve heard of Paramore. They’re an alternative rock band, originally from Tennessee, currently consisting of Hayley Williams, lead vocals, Taylor York, guitarist, and Zac Farro, drummer. The band has made their mark on the music world over their last 13 years, and has released 5 studio albums to show for it. It was clear since their debut album, All We Know Is Falling, released in 2005, that Paramore was headed for big things. But their breakthrough album, without a doubt, was Riot in 2007, with their leading single, “Misery Business.” Then from there it’s been a steady incline, with the band releasing two albums following that, bringing us to today. With their fifth album released and killing it. Paramore shows that despite the changes in band members over the years, they’re still rocking the music world.
This being the first album with newly reunited member, Zac Farro, who previously left the band 6 years prior, it was highly anticipated to say the least. And let me say, After Laughter is pure light. It’s the lightbulb in a dark room and I’m loving every part of it. Which is why I had to give it all 5’s in originality, vocals, lyrics, and production. With all the new vibes coming off this album, it’s hard to keep yourself from getting caught up in the upbeat sounds and catchy lyrics. Listen to “Hard Times” once and I’m sure you’ll be bobbing your head to the beat by the end of the song.
“Pool” has this mellow beat throughout the song that flows and makes you wish you were driving down a highway with the wind in your hair. Paramore takes a dip into the pop rock pool with this album and I’m not disappointed with the outcome. Once I heard “Forgiveness,” I fell in love with Hayley Williams voice all over again. Paired with her raw lyrics going in depth about not being able to forgive just yet, it’s deep and electric and needs to be listened too. She’s making it clear that she isn’t holding back. Which can be heard on the light and airy, “Grudges.”
After laughter will show you a new side to Paramore that you can’t help but dig from first the listen. If you love Paramore, or if this is the first time you’ve heard of them. Listen to this album, you will not be disappointed!