It’s been four years since the release of Paramore’s last self-titled album and with a drama filled break the trio are back with their new album After Laughter and hoping to prove that they are still at the top of their game.
The first single off the album Hard Times was the first indication that the album would be moving away from its punk roots and actually be more of a pop record. The upbeat, tropical song is similar to big singles like Ain’t It Fun and Still Into You off the band’s fourth album. Whilst being arguably the best song on the album, the second song off the album Rose Coloured Boy is almost too similar to Hard Times and cements the record’s fate as a synth-pop album.
The better songs on the album are definitely the ones that are more upbeat such as Pool, Fake Happy and Idle Worship however, the whole album runs the risk of being quite boring as all the songs sound very similar and can often sound as if they are all blending into one track.
With an ever changing line up it should be expected that band’s sound would evolve but the evolution from emo, punk band to 80s, synth-pop trio may be too much for some day one Paramore fans. Either way this album is a strong return for the band and with a sold out UK tour and a couple of festival slots this summer, the trio are back and here to stay.