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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for the pop band led by Hayley Williams was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen and band guitarist, Taylor York.
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Hard Times
All that I want Is to wake up fine Tell me that I'm alright That I ain't gonna die All that I want Is a hole in the ground You can tell me when it's... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jul 11, 2017
    100
    An album that’s ultimately OK with not being OK, it’s for that reason alone that it may just be perfect.
  2. May 12, 2017
    87
    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.
  3. May 12, 2017
    82
    The record still varies its tempo from time to time, resulting in some truly gorgeous gems.
  4. May 12, 2017
    80
    Where 2013's Paramore found the group tentatively transitioning from their pop-punk roots toward a multi-layered '80s synth-pop sound, After Laughter reveals them having beautifully completed the transformation.
  5. May 12, 2017
    80
    It’s the band’s brightest, most animated album. The sound is crisp, every layer discernible, lacking the blurs and reverberations that constitute traditional rock production and instead drawing from the rhythmic separations that characterize ‘80s pop and freestyle.
  6. May 12, 2017
    80
    The grooves they always possessed are brought to the forefront on this peppy, vibrant record, a contrast to its lyrical themes, which cover masking misery (“I’m going to draw my lipstick wider than my mouth”), spiralling depression and the anxiety of ageing, only with a knowing wink.
  7. May 12, 2017
    60
    She’s still a strong singer, especially on “Told You So,” but some of her essential grit is lost to the machines.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 88
  2. Negative: 2 out of 88
  1. May 12, 2017
    10
    i love how the lyrics address so many important issues. I feel like mental health issues and suicidal thoughts are often ignored in music andi love how the lyrics address so many important issues. I feel like mental health issues and suicidal thoughts are often ignored in music and it's amazing to see them represented in masterfully written lyrics and masked behind upbeat instrumentation. Expand
  2. May 8, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Paramore's latest album manages to be their most heart-felt and emotional that it can make you dance in the tunes of depression, pessimism, sadness and nihilism.

    Their best album right now.
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  3. Jun 19, 2017
    10
    Admiro la evolución musical de la banda, este álbum ha logrado un mezcla perfecta entre el tropical/synth-pop y el rock-alternativo. CadaAdmiro la evolución musical de la banda, este álbum ha logrado un mezcla perfecta entre el tropical/synth-pop y el rock-alternativo. Cada canción es muy distinta de la otra, y los ritmos son excelentes. Paramore ha logrado cambiar de género musical totalmente y lo ha hecho muy bien. Expand
  4. May 13, 2017
    10
    After Laughter is something different from what we have used to from Paramore and no one had expected something like this. A great vibe fromAfter Laughter is something different from what we have used to from Paramore and no one had expected something like this. A great vibe from the 80s and 90s with great songs EXPECT NO FRIEND. Literally, I did not like this song at all. It's not exactly a song they just talking and that "track" should not exist in such a great album. Expand
  5. Jun 17, 2017
    9
    Definitely one of the albums of the year. A huge growth compared to their self-titled. Each track (except the last two) are both lyricallyDefinitely one of the albums of the year. A huge growth compared to their self-titled. Each track (except the last two) are both lyrically interesting yet simple enough to just have a dance. Standouts include: Rose Coloured Boy, Hard Times & Pool. Expand
  6. May 7, 2020
    9
    A great album. They did 80s pop-rock perfectly this album I love every song. One of my favorite albums ever.
  7. Feb 1, 2019
    0
    Honestly I wish I could rate this lower than a zero. They strayed away from their true selves all in the pursuit of money and becoming moreHonestly I wish I could rate this lower than a zero. They strayed away from their true selves all in the pursuit of money and becoming more popular to the braindead 13 year olds of the post 2000 kids. It honestly saddens me to know that they really don't care about their fans who made them who they are. Another band lost to electronics and mainstream crap. RIPParamore And RIPFOB

    I'm still hopeful that they revert to their true selves as a band. But I'm not holding my breath. They are making too much money off of features and AL they probably won't stop.
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