Is it 2007? Because there’s a new Miley Cyrus song out and now it seems we finally have a brand new Paramore album. Is the Motorola Razr going to make a comeback soon? It’s definitely been a trip down memory lane.
“After Laughter” is like the singles before them and nothing like their previous work. It continues to be a pop rock style that is influenced by the music of the 80’s. The sound works for the for the most part. It still takes awhile for it to click that you are listening to Paramore and not another band. It’s just one of those things that it’s still an unexpected sound to hear from a group that released “crushcrushcrush,” “Misery Business,” and “Decode.”
The problem that the album faces is that it can sometimes feel like you are listening to the same song. When you have the album on shuffle, it’s very obvious to see that the music blends into each other. It’s still noticeable when you listen to the songs in order, but there is a nice break between it. The first and third section of the album is what really sounds like one huge ass song. This would be fine if it was supposed to be like that, obviously, it isn’t. The middle break is probably the best part of the album as it not like the other parts of it. It’s the ballads. It starts with “Fake Happy” and ends with “26.” I wish there was more in that section as the next ballad on the album is the final song “Tell Me How.”
The flow of the album is okay. It starts out strong with songs that you can jam out to before “Fake Happy” and then after “26,” slower in tempo but still able to jam with. It’s a weird flow but it’s different. Not a lot of groups take a slower tempo in the last portion of their album and it’s a nice thing to see them do it. Hayley’s vocals are still as amazing as they were when they released “Riot!” They are actually better because of the maturity she brings to the songs. This album was probably the strongest she has sounded vocally.
It’s not a bad album when you look at the songs as single individualized pieces. It’s when they are placed together into a collective work because of the fact they are extremely similar. It’s hard to distinguish the song if you are just listening to it and not looking at your player. It’s a step in the right direction but there needs to be something that helps make each song different. Paramore reinvented themselves and they pulled it off. “After Laughter” could be better but it’s a great album for the fresh start that Paramore is going for.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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