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By nijakiler17 on Oct 16
Bjork is Indian?? ?
By nijakiler17 on Oct 16
0
XD
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By blindbythelight on Oct 16
67
Finalmente um álbum synthpop que preste
By Danifryer on Oct 16
I LOVE this album, the lads have totally outdone themselves this time, mine blowing face melting album, I can not wait for the Tour! I honestly struggle to put into words how amazing this album is, you have to hear it to understand what I mean, Japanese Prisoner of Love, OMG the Drums, the Guitar, everything about this song had me on the edge of my seat, in the car! This band has never disappointed me since I became a fan in the very early days, and they just get better and better every album.
By Atlas on Oct 16
75
Paramore is one of those bands I had never had the courage or will to listen through a whole LP, simply because whenever the band rose to fame, I wasn't that into the kind of stuff they were sending to the radio - since in the late 2000s and early 2010s I was pretty much a radio-only music listener who had yet to discover his real taste and what was really what.
Sure, I loved 'Ain't It Fun' from their last record and yes, I'll admit, every single time 'The Only Exception' popped in on the radio I would go absolutely nuts - seriously, that song is beautiful.

Yet, outside of that... meh!
I was never a fan of pop-punk music and Paramore was never a group I considered to be of any outstanding quality (aside from Hayley Williams' immensely strong charisma).

Then, the change of pace that this album could represent for the trio really beamed me up.
It seemed, all I ever wanted to hear from this band had come true, at least on paper. After some difficult times they endured, Paramore was back with a... new-wave record. Alright.

It's no surprise that a group that got started tackling the punk territory would make a move like this. Question was, was the final product any good?

...Yeah, I daresay! If not, they reached pretty close terretory.

All through the 12 tracks included in here, a new-wave, synth-pop vibe marks its territory. And, for the majority of the album's running time, it does it pretty well, surprisingly.
I generally do like it when an artist is capable of jumping between different sounds, give new styles a try; I much appreciate when past times influence one's work, if it is for the better.

The contrast between the way this record is produced - the instrumentals have an overall uplifting feeling to them - and the darker, moodier lyrics, really makes for quite an exquisite listen.

'Laughter' kicks off with the first single taken off of it, 'Hard Times', a hard hitting, powerful and incredibly energetic track that I knew I adored right when I first finished listening to it.
The song gives you a quick synthesis of what's to come, as Hayley Williams vividly sings about struggles she dealt/has been dealing with, before a fantastic guitar riff and a very solid beat that resembles some sort of a latin sound come in.

Right after the first punch in the face, comes a kick right in the stomach, as 'Rose-Colored Boy' makes its entry. In spite of the continued bright production, the lyrics - as they will do for the entirity of the record - still take on psychological issues, most specifically depression; here, Hayley Williams expresses that it is noone's job to make her feel happy again but hers alone, as, she states, nobody really is that happy all of the time.
Fantastic track here, with probably what is my favorite chorus (and post-chorus, for that matter) of the album.

'Told You So' and 'Forgiveness'  might feel a bit underwritten, especially the first, but both of these songs make it up for having such a breathtaking beat-and-vocals combo, in the case of 'Told', and an awesome Michael Jackson vibe in the case of the latter.
'Fake Happy' has grown on me quite a bit.

I didn't care at all for '26', and while 'Pool' and 'Grudges' both have great messages to send - 'Grudges' is about the drummer Zac Farro - they start lacking the unique sonic qualities that each track from the first half of 'After Laughter' benefited from.
Lyrically though, 'Pool' does have pretty impressive moments in the verses; yet, it ruins almost all the momentum when it dives into the chorus
'Grudges' is okay overall, but it also is pinned with various borderline cringy lines.

With the track 'Caught In The Middle', Paramore manage to bring back that addicting punch and crunchiness into the album, but I really wish that bridge had been taken better care of.

Yet, finally, 'Laughter' unexpectedly picks up to deliver its last three explosive pieces.

'Idle Worship' gives me shivers, while Williams angrily rants, vocals feeling raw, about how she isn't the superwoman that those who love her, namely Paramore's fanbase, expect her to be - unbreakable at all times and a winner in all battles.

'No Friend' seems to be a continuation of 'Worship'. Aaron Weiss, of all people, screams over a very neat instrumental, yet his voice is almost unhearable. In this particular track, that turns out to be a huge positive for the song's dynamics, as it mimics the comunication struggles anyone might face when trying to confront another person that would be responsible for ruining one's life.
At the end of 'Friend', the volume of Weiss' voice is suddenly turned up, right about when the ranting of the last two song combo comes to an end.

'Tell Me How' finishes the album in a fantastic manner, a moving ballad that works pretty well as a closer. Despite the fact that Hayley Williams doesn't lyrically deliver with the same level of passion than on '26', 'How' still manages to be a way more interesting cut overall.

To summarize, what an impressive album this is. Rarely have I been as pleasantly surprised with a record as I was with this one.
Easily Paramore's best effort to date, it fixed pretty much all the issues I had with the band itself, still remaining, without a doubt, a definitive Paramore release.

Overall, it's not a perfect album by any means; but yes, 'After Laughter' is a very good one.


Favorite Tracks: 'Rose-Colored Boy', 'Idle Worship', 'Told You So', 'Hard Times', 'Tell Me How'

Least Favorite Tracks: '26'
By nijakiler17 on Oct 16
this thing is 45 fucking tracks. It's going to be horrible. I mean how can you have a consistent 45 track album? unless its consistently bad.
By amares13 on Oct 16
90
Thy horror cosmic to me was a weak song kind of dull compared to the rest of the album.
By DachetG on Oct 16
85
Well, well, well. It’s about time. After so many years of listening to albums that denigrate America, I’m so ecstatic to discover an album that revels in good, old-fashioned values. These songs cover the gamut of positive ideas, celebrating Christianity, the United States, and the military. There are displays of courtesy in the beginning and endings, and elements of good manners. For a work produced in the early nineties, it is amazingly advanced in its attitudes in modern relationships. This, plus references to great art works makes this an artistic masterpiece in of itself. If it wasn’t for the promotion of poor environmental practices, and this could have been a perfect album. I was curious as to why they used such a deep baritone in their vocalizations, and then it hit me: as these were songs I could imagine our founding fathers singing at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, I could imagine these odes coming from the mouths of the faces on Mount Rushmore. God Bless America, indeed!

BEST - ALL

01. Bad Ground - I think there’s something wrong with my system. There’s no music coming through.
02. Oh, okay, that was a prank. I can take a joke. Wait…, well, that was so nice. A band that introduces itself and actually THANKS the listener for buying their album. I’m… I’m taken aback. I’m touched, truly. That was so kind of them. It gives me a warm glow inside. I’m going to take a more upbeat attitude towards this work.
03. Love You To Death - Speaking to a woman, a narrator says, “I am your servant, may I light your cigarette?” It’s nice to know that chivalry isn’t dead.
04. Be My Druidess
05. Green Man - Excellent visual images. “Autumn in her flaming dress / Of orange, brown, gold fallen leaves” reminds me of Leighton’s famous Flaming June, a classic work.
06. Red Water (Christmas Mourning) - A song about Christmas, with references to Easter (“My table’s been set but for seven / Just last year, I dined with eleven” – Jesus dined with eleven at the Last Supper, for Judas left early to snitch.) Spending time celebrating with stockings, mistletoe, and Christmas punch (“red water”). It’s so nice to have a new Christmas carol that I forgive them for mis-spelling ‘morning’.
07. My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend - A song about non-traditional relationships, and not caring about what others think.
08. Die With Me - This is easy to interpret. “Now like a bird, / She flew away / To chase her dreams / Of books and praise”: The woman is leaving to devote herself to Bible study. “Girl, I want to die with you / In each other’s arms. We’ll drown in flame”: Her former boyfriend expects to go to Hell, wanting to take her with him, and she wants no part of it. A good morality tale.
09. Burnt Flower Fallen - “All the flowers I gave her / She burned them, / Burned them.” Oh, that’s terrible, all the contributing to air pollution. They should have been put in her backyard compost pile. A shame. I loved this album for its fine messaging up to this point.
10. In Praise of Bacchus - An obvious song about the Statue of Liberty (“A lonely blue girl guards the river bed. / She shakes her brown torch at the tide.”). The patina is more green-blue than blue-green, but still…
11. Cinnamon Girl - A cover of a Neil Young song.
12. The Glorious Liberation of the People’s Technocratic Republic of Vinnland by the Combined Forces of the United Territories of Europa - - I’m not well versed on world history, so I don’t know when this happened, but I’m going to assume the U.T. of E. is the European version of the U.S. of A., so I’m guessing that they’re the good guys, and apparently, the people of the Republic of Vinnland were liberated in some glorious fashion, and since liberation is good, this sounds like a positive war anthem celebrating the military and their deeds. The technocratic part, I don’t know; I assume that the country was run by artificially intelligent robots.
13. Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)
14. Haunted
15. And a follow-up commentary, hoping we weren’t disappointed in the album. Let me say now, no, sir, I was not.

COVER – 5 - A picture of some weird-looking asparagus. I don’t get it. What does asparagus have to do with America?
By LauraDarkling on Oct 16
This is the best album ever, every single song is a new trip, a new story, a new dream. You'll love it.
By donnyelstad on Oct 16
100
Great new album. The best rock act out there at this moment in time.
By MarshaDarkling on Oct 16
100
Love this album! The Darkness never fails to entertain. Every song has its owm personality which showcases their musical genius.
By tha138 on Oct 16
84
A collection of 5 ep's that marks the transition of three teenagers from post-punk aficionados to innovative post rockers who discovered, so smartly, the beautiful and frightening world of sampling.
For repetitive listenings!
By samlovesjesus on Oct 16
100
Just AMAZING!! Very eclectic but at the same time with all the ballsiness true fans of this wonderful band are familiar with, with a mixture of beautiful ballads such as 'Stampede of Love and cracking, clever guitar cords by the very talented Hawkins brothers! Go and buy this, stream, download this album in your droves!
By seangallipo3 on Oct 16
65
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Producer Mathematics shines on this album, but it lacks the cohesion shown by other aging rap groups such as A Tribe Called Quest displayed in 2016. While a Wu-Tang album in name, the members are forced to get by on pure talent and don't bring their best bars and themes.
By seangallipo3 on Oct 16
81
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Jay IDK does what few can achieve on this album in blending trap influenced styles along with lyrical content that conveys a meaningful story/message. The album shows a clear chronological timeline and touches on themes of growing up and the allure of the street life. His technical skill and songwriting are on full display on this album.
By LouLou on Oct 16
this album gets better with each play ,great songs such as happiness rack of glam and unibal this album will melt your face off !!!
By Muhammed on Oct 16
90
one of the best experimental albums of the year
By Pilgey on Oct 16
65
Huge Darkness fan. Production lets it down badly at points. Thankfully "I Wish I Was In Heaven" and "Lay Down With Me Barbara" are fucking awesome.
By dyelir on Oct 16
45
An album can't get by on a song alone but "Shots" is the first and only Imagine Dragons song that gets it done for me (probably because it defies every other I.D. song by having a groove and different sounds that actually correspond with each other instead of one flat hook). The problem is the album has 13 tracks and Shots is the first. The rest of this album is as forgettable as the rest of Imagine Dragon's catalog.
By lwhitecloud on Oct 16
100
The Darkness aren't afraid to mix it up on this album! Rufus Taylor's debut as a bonafide TD member shines! There's something for everyone here - Killer riffs, pounding bass, glorious harmonies, and everything else you can imagine. Predictability has never been this band's forte. Open your mind and you'll find a real gem here! LOVE IT!
By scott96k on Oct 16
85
goat
By Hamzahmusic on Oct 16
The album of the year, a true masterpiece.
By Marklewis35 on Oct 16
100
Fantastic Album
By Zatak on Oct 16
82
Underwhelming as this band always sets high expectations.
By Francescaz on Oct 16
100
I love it! Is bloody good