After Laughter
Paramore - After Laughter
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Ratings: #47 / 684
Year End Rank: #50
User Score
Based on 406 ratings
2017 Ratings: #88
May 12, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fueled By Ramen, Atlantic / Label / Website
Your Review


An album that’s ultimately OK with not being OK, it’s for that reason alone that it may just be perfect.
God Is in the TV

For their fifth album, After Laughter, they’ve almost completely shed their emo rock past completely and blossomed into one of the finest pop bands around.


An undeniably hooky record that strays from its grunge-rock roots and finds the band in a place where they’ve found the fun in their craft once again.


With 'After Laughter,' Paramore take the retro '80s step a lot of bands are taking without stumbling, delivering one of the year's best pop albums.


They definitely haven’t perfected this new sound yet, but for the first time since their debut we can look at Paramore and truly say they are doing something different.


Despite the album's buoyantly pastel new wave tones, it unsurprisingly contains a truckload of hard-won maturity and a growing sense of battle fatigue.

Rolling Stone

A gorgeously produced, hook-studded record with cocked-eyebrow trepidation adding a jittery edge – a combination that's very of-the-moment in 2017, even if it veers outside of pop's rigid lines.

Catharsis is never usually this joyous, but sometimes smiling through the pain works better than crying.
The Guardian

After Laughter – candy-coated bitterness at its best – may steer them away from the Kerrang! crowd, but one thing remains consistent to Paramore’s emo roots – the theatrical mellifluence of internal angst.

The Line of Best Fit

Stripped of all their teenage angst, despite all its sunny hooks, After Laughter is a deep album with plenty to say. It’s easily the most honest and mature Paramore have sounded yet and also probably, one of the best pop albums you hear all year.

Drowned in Sound

Williams has managed to get out from under the pressure of having to be the perma-grinning frontwoman, and the emotional uncertainty that’s exposed is fascinating. Musically, meanwhile, this is as free as they’ve ever sounded. Again: Paramore have always been a pop band. They’ve just never been this proud of it.

No Ripcord

Not only does After Laughter regenerate Paramore's sound, but it rejects the cult of personality surrounding the group. By fusing the pop and rock of the 80s to their punk roots, they are now free to move in any direction going forward.

The Observer

Excluding the syrupy "26" and seething "No Friend," After Laughter could be one of the year’s best pop albums.


Just as this album highlights Williams’ most existentially despondent musings to date, it is also the most fizzy record Paramore have ever recorded.

Consequence of Sound

Williams boasts undeniable talent, but her gusto requires the sharp songwriting and clever instrumentation of her bandmates, and After Laughter testifies to what happens when a singer like Williams is met with a group of quality instrumentalists.

The Needle Drop

After Laughter, Paramore's first album in four years, finds the pop punk band going through a synthpop metamorphosis.

May 14, 2017
people are probably gonna pretend to hate this record to keep up their niche & experimental persona, but, this album is good as fuck
May 19, 2017
Best pop rock of 2017 so far
Apr 19, 2017*
Sonoridade bem divertida e colorida inspirada no pop/rock dos anos 80 que ficam num contraste com as letras tristes. Espero que entre nos charts para pelo menos ter algo bom dentro daquele top100 péssimo dos dias de hoje.

Favs: Hard Times, Rose-Colored Boy, Fake Happy, Pool, Grudges and Idle Worship.
May 12, 2017
Jan 14, 2018
This is among Paramore's best albums but it's undoubtedly their strangest album, if not the strangest rock album of 2017, a move not expected from a band whose contemporaries at one point were All Time Low and The Maine. What's amazing is how, despite the experimentations, After Laughter sounds like a natural progression from Paramore's angsty past. Here, Hailey Wiliams is always serious and the instrumentation behind her is diverse and interesting enough for the listener to take her seriously.
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Added on: April 19, 2017