By Gamezer girl
I know a lot of people are really upset about the band's new sound, but i've really put this album into perspective. We start out with Paramore's first three albums(all we know is falling, riot, and brand new eyes) first off, we all know the members were really young, angsty, and rebelious. Their sound was very "emo" and that was the stage of life they were in, they were in their teenage emo years like most of us went through. Fast foward a couple years after brand new eyes and were left with the band's breakup with the Farro brothers. The breakup was really a wakeup call for these young artists, not only were these kids band mates, they were almost really good friends and the painful truth of the music industry had offically took its number on the band. Three years after the bands split with the Farro brothers were left with Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Jermey Davis, all whom were past their teenage emo years and well into their twenties. They come out with their self titled album with singles that questioned the popularity of the band. On one hand their first two singles (ain't it fun and still into you) gained a lot of praise from mainstream radio they also had fans saying that they didn't like the new sound. The transition between the angsty "ignorance" and the upbeat "still into you" was too much for long time fans to handle. The album received backlash for it's fresh and upbeat sound. Still into you and ain't it fun were the most popular tracks off the album, people assumed the rest of the album sounded like those songs and overlooked the hidden gems on the album. The song, last hope, is one of those hidden gems. It's not like "old paramore" its a renewed sense of inspiration meaning to uplift fans and incourage them with its powerful lyrics, "and the salt in my wounds isn't burning anymore than it used to, it's not that i don't feel the pain it's just I'm not afraid of hurting anymore" are meant to bring long time fans to an end road of teenage angst and rebelion and to a new destination, a destination of hope and the balance of new beginings and old endings, that message is very clear in the song, future, a seven minute ballad showing the band's journey to their self titled album. In 2015 the band suffers the same fate as it did in 2010, Jermey Davis left the band due to a lawsuit against the band. Hayley Williams has recently opened up about her severe battle with depression in 2015, she recalls feeling hopeless and that led her to quitting the band. In early 2016 Hayley Williams got married to Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, she also revealed she was coming out with her own line of hair dye with her stylist, Brian O'connor. Her hair dye line, goodDyeyoung was very successful in the year 2016, she gained high praise on twitter from her followers, people were constanly posting pictures of their hair colored in various shades of, blue, red, orange, yellow, and pink. It was also announced that same year that Parmore was recording their fifth studio album with the help of former member, Zac Farro. Paramore constantly teased fans on social media about the album, people had already nicknamed the album, Paramore five and album five. In 2017 Paramore announced that they finished recording their album but giving little to no information on when it would be released. As of the first few months of 2017 there was still no date as to when the album would come out. Hayley Williams was religiously on Twitter teasing fans with the inconic "cartoon smiley face" there was also another teaser on the official Paramore account, they posted a picture of Taylor and Hayley and the picture was captioned dos, the spanish word for two. Soon after that a picture was posted on their Twitter of Hayley, Taylor, and Zac Farro, it was captioned tres, the spanish word for three. That post was the announcment of Zac Farro's return to the band. Paramore announed a song titled Hard times on their Twitter and linked you to their Youtube to the official Hard times music video. The video was very 80's inspired and the so was the tone of the song. May 12th, 2017 the album After Laughter was released revealing a whole new sound, this discouraged a lot of fans. Songs like, Told you so, Hard Times, and Fake Happy received the same critcism as Still into you and Ain't it fun. Fans could not seem to adapt to the new and refreshed sound, people reviewed it saying, "go back to your old sound" and that's the point of this whole review. This band has been through a lot. A nasty split up of friends, and then a few years later the same thing happens again. But the biggest thing about Paramore and the part about this band that will always amaze me is that they always bounce back. Hayley Williams has grew out of her 13 year old all we know is falling phase and has moved onto new horizons. She has experiened a lot more than that 13 year old girl has and she shows that through her lyrics, same goes for Zac and Taylor. Hayley is 28 years old and she is going to change, she is going to grow out of her emo phase and she has maturered into this beautiful and couragous woman who is very different from the misery business, flame haired girl who sang about boy trouble and reblion. She is a self proclaimed feminist and she has overcame a lot since her 2007 emo years. Hard times may seem very poppy but the lyrics tell a story of her overcoming of true hard times. After laughter shows the growth and rebirth of Paramore, Paramore like any other band is going to grow and change like people do we aren't going to stay the same forever we live our life in phases and this album uplifts and inspires, it's okay to change, without change their wouldn't be any butterflyies only caterpillars, but in this case without change their would only be butterflies with punctured wings, the same butterflies that split away from their friends and lived in teenage, emo angst. After laughter is symoblism of growth, inspiration, and renewal. Thanks for reading!