After Laughter is more than just an album – it’s a mission statement that proclaims to the world with both confidence and vulnerability. Paramore want you to know that it’s okay to sleep under seemingly never-ending grey clouds, it’s okay to revel in life’s happiest moments and above all, wear your heart on your sleave no matter what.
On the 12th of May 2017, Paramore unleashed their bold, unashamedly brash and vital fifth album onto the world. After a 5 year gap between their self-titled effort, fans were a little unsure as to what they could expect.
What came of it was their most poignant, mature and musically accomplished album to date. Teeming with 80s new wave influences and inflected with helpings of synth pop, After Laughter is one of modern pop’s greatest achievements. To say it’s had a massive impact on Paramore’s fanbase is an understatement.
Thematically the album deals with overcoming the trials and tribulations of growing up in it’s purest and most honest form. It isn’t afraid to play with the darkness, all soundtracked to upbeat, dancey instrumentals. It’s tailor-made to cry hard, and dance harder.
Over the weekend, fans took to Twitter to celebrate the one-year-anniversary of After Laughter, sharing how the album has helped them in the last year.
Check out some of the most heartfelt responses below.
one year ago today this album came out and i listen to it pretty much everyday. it already helped me a lot, it made me cry hard but it made me dance harder. i am so thankful that you guys @paramore made this, thank you i love you. happy birthday after laughter ? #afterlaughter pic.twitter.com/uNwQsyWIaQ
— petø wentz (fede) cry hard dance harder (@nictofilea) May 12, 2018
this album was something I needed so much to get through brutal but important times. it helped me to cry, dance and heal. thank you, @paramore for being a part of my life and giving me this important lesson. I‘m still growing. happy first anniversary to #afterlaughter ❤️?? pic.twitter.com/i2rNA1KJyN
— Miriam (@forgetfulsea) May 12, 2018
— stephanie ☺︎ (@st3phascope) May 12, 2018
me today bringing out a toast to 1 year of After Laughter,
This album means the world to me it truly is a blessing! I♡ @paramore @itstayloryall @zacfarro @yelyahwilliams #weareparamore #afterlaughter pic.twitter.com/T9jR88Z1aY
— Wendy Guliker (@wwgguliker) May 12, 2018
Happy 1st birthday #AfterLaughter – such an incredible collection of songs, this record taught me so much and has helped countless people through really difficult times- thanks @paramore for always creating beautiful, raw, relatable music, oh…and ABSOLUTE BOPS ??? pic.twitter.com/NW0HLIB1fd
— Jojo *TeamToriKelly* (@JoMeganH) May 12, 2018
happy 1st anniversary to an album that gave me hope when i needed it the most. thank you @paramore for always making your music a safe healing place for everyone. forever grateful for you. (@yelyahwilliams AL rlly did rip me apart and put me together again) #AfterLaughter pic.twitter.com/OL4378ei9q
— alice (@afterhardtms) May 12, 2018
— juxian (@juliaannn_r) May 12, 2018
Guys. We’ve had #AfterLaughter in our lives for a whole year now. I still listen weekly. An album that speaks volumes for mental health and struggles with self-worth, all in a beautiful pop landscape. Means the world to me. Much love to @Paramore for this beautiful album.
— The FabuLast Jedi (@withquietwords) May 13, 2018
Hayley Williams also took to Instagram to commemorate the event, writing a heartfelt message explaining what After Laughter means to her.
“Sometimes I feel just as lost and confused as I did a year ago. But there is laughter now just as there was in the midst of that heavy grey cloud. And when that cloud threatens to darken every delight and beautiful color that we strive so hard to see… sometimes I let it.”
Read the full message below.