Music review: “After Laughter” by Paramore

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Francisco Castro Navarrete

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Hayley Williams’ voice remains the same tempo as prior years, yet the songs move  differently in Paramore’s new album “After Laughter.” Throughout this album there is a hint of the ‘80s mixed with alternative and upbeat pop. Paramore seems to take on a colorful road as the new album expresses emotions based on the past year.

“After Laughter” has accentuated Williams  vocal talent with high notes and shows how well she uses what she has. The first song on the album is called “Hard Times,” which features a Caribbean sense throughout the song along with a catchy chorus.

The album features songs that are bouncy and upbeat with each note, which isn’t unusual for the band when they released multiple genre related hits previously that include, “Ain’t It Fun,” “Still Into You” and “Misery Buisness.” These songs have been included into the category “emo-pop” which is a genre which combines elements of emo with pop punk influences. 

Williams stated in the New York Times, “ I didn’t even know we were going to make another record. There was a moment when I didn’t even want it to happen. Then it was like I want it to happen, but I don’t know how we’re going to do it.”

Paramore toured throughout the spring of 2015, playing almost every day in May. In 2016, it only had one tour date: March 5. During the break over the course of the last year the band recorded this album. Fast forward a year, Williams and the team played four times in May and are making a live appearance on August 25 on  “Good Morning America.”  The year off really granted the band enough time to recreate their style and come back stronger.

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