Paramore’s ‘After Laughter’ Will Make You Smile, Sob, then Smile Again

American rock band Paramore just released their first LP since the release of their self-titled, Grammy award winning album of 2013.  “After Laughter” is full of life with tracks like “Hard Times,” which has a fun synth-pop sound, reminiscent of  ’80s pop, rather than some of their more alt-punk songs the band has been known for. “Hard Times” was released as a single on April 19, and the second single, ‘Told You So,”  was released on May 3.  Hayley Williams’s strong vocals stand out as though she is speaking right to a former lover, not quite ready to let go. Songs like “Fake Happy,” possess hauntingly slow, raw melodies nearly bring you to tears, before breaking into upbeat, punk realism. You can also find beautiful guitar work on songs like “26.” Original drummer, Zac Farro, is back for the first time since his departure in 2010, giving things more of a full-circle feel.  It’s a new sound, but not necessarily a departure from their former work. There is something for everyone on this album, and it is paving the way for one of the most anticipated tours of the summer.

Track Listing:

  1. Hard Times
  2. Rose-Colored Boy
  3. Told You So
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Fake Happy
  6. 26
  7. Pool
  8. Grudges
  9. Caught in the Middle
  10. Idle Worship
  11. No Friend
  12. Tell Me How

“After Laughter” is available on iTunes and Amazon.

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