Though not entirely groundbreaking for the vast landscape of music for its time period, After Laughter became the saving grace for a band unraveling at the seams.
Following a near-decade shrouded by strained friendships and very public legal feuds that had members walking in and out like a revolving door, After Laughter sought to relish in the sadness as a means of healing. As Hayley Williams says in an interview with The New York Times, “This now feels like a beginning. Whereas honestly, months before we released After Laughter, it felt like an ending.”
For more, check out this article from Alternative Press.