Paramore
After Laughter


2.0
poor

Review

by CompostCompote USER (34 Reviews)
May 16th, 2017 | 82 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A general stench of lilac

When you grow up poor, the smallest things become grand indulgences, just because of how rarely they come to you. Ice cream, cinema tickets, the odd trip to a mid-range restaurant on a birthday. It’s a grim enough way to spend a life, but the scarcity of these moments is also what makes them taste so sweet.

In your early twenties, when you don’t give a *** about ice cream anymore, the closest you get to that good, good feeling is when an upper-middle class girl tells you her parents are out of town, and takes you home, to suburbia.

I still remember those houses, so fragrant and alien. Furniture that’s been aggressively made to look antique, vaguely abstract paintings from upscale department stores, a laptop in every room, fridges that are metallic and not white, a signed photo of Rod Stewart in her parents' bedroom, a general stench of lilac everywhere. And the girl – doe-eyed, entitled to all hell, as white and wrinkle-free as only someone who never has to worry about money can be. It’s a beautiful feeling screwing someone like that on a sturdy bed with more than one spare sheet in the pantry. You feel the way Scottish people must when they *** English people. Like you’re taking back something that was stolen from you so long ago, you can’t even conceive what it was. That feeling doesn’t have a name. Or at least it didn’t, until Paramore came around.

The sound of After Laughter is that feeling, that house, that stinking lilac, that girl. As carefree and vapid as that suburban hell. Never mind the song titles that read like things angry school-girls put on friendship bracelets. Or the fact that the lead singer is single-handedly keeping the hair-dye industry and Wal-Mart jewelry business alive. Or that the album title sounds like a haunting documentary about what Bill Cosby did after his stand-up shows.

Like all those sexual tourism trips to suburbia, once you’re outside having a cigarette, amid picket fences and family-sized cars, wondering which bus-line can take you home, the next-door neighbour watering her ***ing hydrangeas and shooting you suspicious looks because you smell like you don’t belong; you don’t feel good anymore. You feel like someone has flayed off a level of pride from you, taken a small spark off you. It all takes its toll eventually. Thankfully, in Paramore’s case, all they take from you are some earwax and a little time.



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BirthDefectBobby
May 16th 2017


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What the cucking funt hell is this?

CompostCompote
May 16th 2017


1022 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Paramore

Satellite
May 16th 2017


26030 Comments


stellar review as usual.

nobody older than 16 should be allowed to listen to this band.

Digging: Jeff Rosenstock - NO DREAM

pjorn
May 16th 2017


4405 Comments


"nobody older than 16 should be allowed to listen to this band."

5's rancid

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2017


25601 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this review actually makes sense

CompostCompote
May 16th 2017


1022 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Of course it does, kind stranger. That's what comes after laughter. Sense.

Satellite
May 16th 2017


26030 Comments


"5's rancid"

i'm 15 you fucking dolt

Chortles
May 16th 2017


21493 Comments


very good

butcherboy
May 16th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm older than 16, and both Wolves and Life Won't Wait are fantastic albums.. certainly better than this shite..

Clegane
May 16th 2017


219 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

best review



album is flatter than hayley's tits

pjorn
May 16th 2017


4405 Comments


"i'm 15 you fucking dolt"

lmao okay never mind

CompostCompote
May 16th 2017


1022 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thank you, kind strangers. We could certainly do with paraless flat tits in this world.

Satellite
May 16th 2017


26030 Comments


butcherboi gets it

tbf i'm not sure if i'd dig rancid if i heard them for the first time at my current age. certainly more so than this garbage tho.

full disclosure: i'm actually 30 and that was a decent burn, pjorn.

butcherboy
May 16th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nah, the guitar and bass work on both of them is stellar as all hell.. I still love them, though granted re-visit them a little less nowadays.. band gets too much shit because tim Armstrong is such an obvious knob.

Satellite
May 16th 2017


26030 Comments


hoover street will never not be one of the best songs ever

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2017


18763 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hate the opinion, but love the review for some reason.

Pos'd

CompostCompote
May 16th 2017


1022 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I hate the opinion, but love the review for some reason. [2]





DivergentThinking
May 16th 2017


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Oh boy, CompostCompote and BirthDefectBobby both in one place! There's a stellar meeting of the minds going on here... what a time to be alive

BirthDefectBobby
May 16th 2017


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbhsYC4gKy4

FullOfSounds
May 16th 2017


15775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the wonders of the internet



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