Paramore is proving that they’re still relevant with album After Laughter, released on May 12, 2017, courtesy of record label Fueled By Ramen. You’ll see some familiar faces with this album, still fronted by female lead Hayley Williams, whom reunited with band mates Taylor York and Zac Farro, drummer who had previously left the band. Fans waited about five years for a new album from the band. Five years is a very long time!
After Laughter kicks off with “Hard Times”, the band is bringing a bit of a new sound to their music. The song is much more poppy than some of their previous works, giving off an easy-going vibe to start the album. “Forgiveness” is a simpler sounding song – the beat isn’t overwhelming; it’s a slow jam for modern times. “26” shows off Hayley’s vocals, which is layered over soft guitar and even some violin – it is a genuinely pretty song to listen to. “Grudges” shows off more of the talent of York and Farro, with more emphasis on the guitar and drums. Both instruments are more prominent in this track, and it is one of the least poppy sounding songs on After Laughter. “Idle Worship” has a dirtier, groove-filled beat to it – it will rouse some movement, whether you’re conscious of it or not, and you’ll find yourself singing along – letting everyone know you’re not their superhuman and if that is what they want, you hate to let them down. “Tell Me How” wraps up the album, and is another song that is a pretty song to listen to – soft beats under delicate, feminine vocals.
After Laughter is a much more grownup version of Paramore, less angsty and more poppy. There is still a bit of angst, it is just a bit more mature and refined. If you are a diehard Paramore fan, yearning for the band’s previous sound, you will be mildly disappointed, however, if you’re on board with a band growing up, exploring an avenue they hadn’t previously explored, give After Laughter a listen.
Told You So
Caught In The Middle
Tell Me How
Hayley Williams – Vocals
Taylor York – Guitar
Zac Farro – Drums
Written by Har-Lena Quinn for Bloodrock Media on May 24, 2017