Record Label: Hopeless Records
Release Date: Oct 9, 2012
All Time Low is an American pop punk band from Timonium, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, formed in 2003. The band consists of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex Gaskarth, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Jack Barakat, bassist and backing vocalist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson. The band’s name is taken from lyrics in the song “Head on Collision” by New Found Glory. Currently, the band have Two EPs: The Formation and The Party Scene. And four albums: So wrong, it’s right, Nothing Personal, Dirty Work, and Don’t Panic.
Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to them!)
1. The Reckless And The Brave-3:18
2. Backseat Serenade-3:21
3. If These Sheets Were States-3:19
4. Somewhere In Neverland-3:45
5. So Long Soldier-2:49
7. To Live And Let Go-3:43
9. Thanks To You-3:35
10. For Baltimore-3:11
11. Paint You Wings-3:40
All Time Low never fails to impress me. I mean, the same four guys for almost ten years, releasing great music annually and going on tours 24/7? Almost unheard of in the music world. The lyrics are catchy (like always) and the melody is beautiful. Rian does an awesome job keeping the songs at a perfect speed while Jack and Zack do a great job bringing out Alex’s awesome voice. After the disappointment Dirty Work brought, I for one can say that I wasn’t looking forward to this album but I’m happy I bought it because it’s great. All Time Low is back and with Hopeless Records once again (Finally).
Even though All Time Low is back with the poppy punk music they are known for, there are a few songs that prove that they’re still learning and trying to go back to their old groove. On this album, there are two songs that I don’t like because they are both very repetitive and get really boring after a while. The Irony Of Choking On A Lifesaver is one of their crazy songs that is supposed to be full of humour (in my opinion) and I think that the guys missed their goal with this one. The whole song sounds disorganized like the band is playing one song that should have been two completely different songs. The song is also shallow and boring within the first minute listening which kind of sucks. I also don’t like Backseat Serenade not because of the guest vocalist but because I just don’t like it. Like I’ve said before, it’s a bit annoyingly repetitive without anything that I could hold on to. I wish the band put in more solos to spice up this album a bit.
The message this album gives off always makes me smile because its classic ATL about living in the fast lane and having fun because people who don’t believe in you don’t matter. For most of the songs on this album, the band comes together as a whole and just all around compliment each other, Alex’s vocals are amazing and keep up with the speed that Rian sets while Jack and Zack out together a beautiful melody that’s not only catchy, but kind of amazing as well. I also love most of the lyrics because they’re so light and open enough to be an interest for all music lovers yet they are full of meaning at the same time. Jason Vena and Alex Gaskarth should do more duets together because they compliment each other perfectly. It took me a while to even notice that there are two different voices singing in Outlines because they sound so good together.
Overall, All Time Low knows what they want and what their fans need from them. A great album from a great band that I recommend everyone to give a listen to. Currently, I am in love with three songs on Don’t Panic and they are: To Live And Let Go, The Reckless And The Brave, and Paint You Wings. An album that’s about being young and ‘long live the fast times’ that make us who we are.