Best Album of 2017: After Laughter by Paramore

Best Album of 2017: After Laughter by Paramore

"Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too"

The anticipation for After Laughter was a long, great journey. 2013 was the last time Paramore had released an album, their self titled album, and it seemed like forever waiting for this one. I didn't think the band could get any more raw and real with their music but After Laughter proved me wrong. There were other great albums released this year don't get me wrong. (I'm talking about Lorde, SZA, Kendrick, etc.) But After Laughter made me feel something more to it.

There was some back lash to the different sound this album had and I get it, it wasn't the same old Paramore that first started out in 2004 but that's just the beauty of it. The components built into this album was from the growth of the band as individuals and their fans.

They did a great job doing it, honestly. In a New York Times interview, they stated "We’ve gotten to a point with our new music where we don’t really want to headbang anymore.” and I felt that on a personal level. I wasn't 15 anymore at the front of shows in my hometown headbanging, spending ridiculous money on merch and begging my parents to drop me off early and letting me stay late to meet the band members; I became the person who ended up in the back of the concert or in seats, drinking cheap beer, and dancing with my friends while making sure the young ones around us were safe.

I don't know when I reached that point but at some point in time I couldn't do crowds anymore. There are a few bands out there that will still make my wallet bleed dry and make me go to the end of the world for great seats and a meet and greet, Paramore being one of them.

The sound and message on this album made me want to dance happily and cry all at the same time. Personally, I'm a firm believer music is constantly evolving, your favorite bands included whether you like it or not, and that's okay. Paramore does a really great job of doing it and that's just a personal opinion.

For those of you who don't know, this album also included a returning member who was one of the originals, Zac Farro, the drummer. He left originally for personal reasons but returned all things aside. He directed the music video for Fake Happy, performed his band's music, and made everything feel like the good 'ole days. Taylor York, their rhythm guitarist, helped co-produce the album which was also his first real production credit. Hayley stated herself via. Instagram that he literally reimagined their band's sound and kudos to this music genius because their new sound is beautiful.

This album also included Hayley's vulnerability and that takes a lot for someone to construct an entire album on it. To lay out everything emotionally for everyone to see; I love you, and thankful for you to share your relatable journey with each and every one of us.

With that being said, if you haven't heard this album already I highly suggest you give it a listen. I'm sure you've heard Hard Times or Told You So on the radio in your local hometown but without a doubt please listen to a few of my favorites: Tell Me How, Rose-Colored Boy, and Fake Happy.

Cover Image Credit: Angela Lertkiratikul

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

Cover Image Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

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