Saturday, 20 May 2017

Eloquent analysis of After Laughter

So I wrote this post last Saturday, the day after Paramore's new album came out. I intended these notes to be a first draft for a proper piece of writing, but I kind of like them as they are. They're quite funny. Anyway, it's been a week now and I can safely say that I pretty much know all the words to all the songs on the album. I wish I was as good at memorising facts as I am at learning lyrics.

HARD TIMES - ok I think you already catch my drift with that one

ROSE-COLORED BOY - "just let me cry a little bit longer" I get that whole thing when you get annoyed with overly positive people. "i think i wanna stay in the car, don't want anybody seeing me cry" ME SO MUCH, throwback to early uni daze. low-key no pressure, love that chanting bit, cool.

TOLD YOU SO - ahh this song epitomises sad happy, dancey depressed. that opening line is like WOAH ok, cheer up. the riff is seriously groovy. and i love the video so much RED mmm.

FORGIVENESS - this song made me realise how songs aren't always true, they are true about a certain point in time, they are a story about how the person felt then but not always now. they talk about not giving forgiveness, not being ready. but when you compare that to their interview with zane lowe where they talk about redemption and forgiveness and where they're at now you see how they've grown etc, PROUD.

FAKE HAPPY - we all cover up how we really feel, "just as insincere". "IF I SMILE WITH MY TEETH..." love this lyric so much, so salty. "i know i said that i was doing good", covering up, would rather not be asked as she doesn't like pretending.

26 - woke up this morning singing this song, very good very nice. the importance of HOPE and DREAMS. "i wouldn't care what it cost me", "don't let it go for NOBODY". survival not the hardest part - survival is doable, an exciting life worth living is harder?

POOL - i LOVE that jangly jingle noise, "no one breaks my heart like you". Not gonna lie I think this is my least favourite song just because there are no lyrics where i'm  like DANG that's relatable, do like it though. i love how paramore's attempt at a love song is still dark and not all happy.

GRUDGES - YES! great message tho am i right? about hayley and taylor welcoming zac back in (i think), love how he does backing vocals on it, so cool! "we've changed and we're better this way". this is actually a happy song! out of a difficult time though ofc. "we'll laugh till we cry like we did when we were kids" aww it's nice. sick drums. i love the way she sings grUdges

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE - at first i was like, hmm that's a bit cliche, now i'm like wow! i've not heard lyrics like these, so good!! being so open about wanting to die/cry, but like oh that's cool and normal. "can't see the forest for the trees..." such a lovely line. "nostalgia's cool" yes it is but you need to keep going fooorwards, although it's not simple. "i don't need no help I can sabotage me by myself" i love this bit it's hilarious, like just leave me alone!

IDLE WORSHIP - MY FAVOURITE!! I love passive aggressive/actually aggressive Hayley. she's so caring but it's a serious message and she's gotta shout a bit. reminds me of when i was 15ish "YOUR SAVIOUR DOESN'T LOOK A THING LIKE ME!!" The struggle of being put up on a pedestal, the pressure, being held up as a god. (she knows who the real saviour is tho wahey).

NO FRIEND - so exciting, i love experimental paramore! the guitar is like in let the flames begin/part two i think? the heavy song i need. distorted lyrics, they want us to work it out, if they wanted it to be obvious it would be. aggressive. snatched sentences echo the feels in the other songs, and even older paramore songs. "the perfection you project on me". i love drums so much. "but the coat won't let go of me" this is so mysterious, interesting, food for thought.

TELL ME HOW - another favourite, has one of my fave lyrics in the bridge. not knowing how to feel = so relatable, wanting someone to tell you what you should do. "i guess it's good to get it off my chest" i love when guts get spilt, raw, emotion and all that. "YOU KEEP ME UP WITH YOUR SILENCE, YOU TAKE ME DOWN WITH YOUR QUIET" OUCH, this got me. when you feel needy for someone's attention but you want them to be the one to make the contact. i like the chilled vibes of this song, a nice one to finish the album on. "you don't have to tell me" but I'm still here for you!


As you can tell from these scattered rambles, I love After Laughter just a bit. It seems so timely, I feel very attached to a lot of the lyrics, literally every song has something I can relate to. And it's so fun and dancey! I know that this album is always going to bring me back to the time that I'm in at the moment, music has that strange power. In the future, these songs are going to remind me of being done with uni for the summer, making hazy plans with friends, spending a day just doodling in my room, feeling lonely, feeling confused, feeling blissfully happy, driving in the dark, singing in the park, it will remind me of two friends in particular. That's my initial response, tbh I'm still getting new things from it. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm absolutely in love with this album, it was interesting to read your thoughts on all the songs. Pool and 26 are definitely my favorite with Idle Worship and Rose Colored Boy following closely behind. Overall I think the album is fun to listen to but when you really pay attention to what is being said and how it makes you feel, you find something to connect to.

    - Jo

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