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01-25-17 6:22 am
The 80s-tinged sound works for Paramore, but unlike previous efforts there aren't as many of the catchy hooks that grab you right away. Initially it may seem like there aren't too many standout tracks, but After Laugher requires multiple listens and time to settle in order to more fully enjoy. (Also that Aaron Weiss feature is kind of cool though; just wish it was a little easier to understand what he's saying.)
Lovely Little Lonely
A good blend of the upbeat sound of American Candy and the more moody tones of Forever Halloween.
Rooms of the House
Most subdued of their albums. While it lacks some of the high-energy that highlighted their previous albums, it shows a softer and more mature sound for the band.
A fantastic step-up. The storytelling songwriting recounts various stories of tragedy and suffering with each song. The details paint each story, and they're all made relatable in some way through the narrator. Shows we've all got bruises and scars in life, and everyone goes through trials and has to cope with something. This is the album that solidified my interest in La Dispute, and I consider it to be their best to date.
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair
Wasn't too keen on Dreyer's voice when I first found this band, but after some time and eventually coming back to this it clicked. It's funny because my opinion has totally flipped where I think Dreyer's vocal performance is absolutely key to their music. There's a raw energy to his delivery, and the instrumentation perfectly accompanies the tone he's conveying. The poetic lyrics are a fantastic touch too. Perfect to listen to when you're feeling heartbroken and angry over some sort of relationship.
On initial listen Goodness sounds like a different album from Home, Like NoPlace Is There, the difference being that it seemingly feels less immediate. The instrumentation feels softer, songs are drawn out with quiet and silent moments with interludes in between, and the lyrics are veiled. A bit of contrast from Home. Those expecting a sequel to Home may be underwhelmed at first (like myself), but give it time. It's the type of album that requires time to grow and breathe. As vocalist, Holden said himself, "This isn't Home #2, this is a transition. You have to find a way out... You can't live in anguish your whole life."
Home, Like NoPlace Is There
Certain music affects different people, and certain music just hits you. Usually albums take a fair amount of time for me to consider being great let alone a classic, but this was an exception. From the lyrics to the vocal performance and delivery, and the emo and pop punk sensibilities, this was just about an instant classic for me. There was that special feeling when an album especially resonates with me, and I still feel it whenever I give this a spin.
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