Tennesse pop-punk alumni Paramore have released their first album since their self-titled album four years ago. The band has reunited with former drummer Zac Farro, who left the band in 2010.
After Laughter is a sizzling summer hit, with full-on vibrant beats and catchy refrains, juxtaposed with reflective and defeatist lyrics.
The album has a matured edge to both the lyrics and peppy rhythms. The thick 80s vibe is very in-vogue, but the essence that propelled this band to the top with Riot! can still found in the album’s roots.
Each song stands in its own right, but flow seamlessly together. Mid-way through the album, after a string of ballads, I found myself getting slightly bored of the slower melodies.
But these songs ground the colourful album, turning from being completely poppy to classically Paramore.
The highlight of After Laughter is definitely the pre-released single, Hard Times. A full-on mix of 80s pop and gospel, the track encapsulates every aspect of After laughter; lyrics conveying pain and defeat contrasted against lively instruments.
If After Laughter is anything to go on, Paramore is set to be dominating the pop-punk scene and mainstream charts yet again.
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