Release Date: Oct 9, 2012
Record label: Hopeless
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
They're our current coverstars and their new album 'Don't Panic' is finally out. Here's what we made of it. All Time Low are on the cover of the new issue of Rock Sound. To pick up a copy and read the exclusive full story behind 'Don't Panic', click this lil' link right here.Right, on with the review...Sometimes, things don’t go as planned.
After splitting with Interscope and returning to the haven of their original label, Hopeless, one might expect All Time Low to turn their back on the glossy, radio-ready take on emo-pop they had exhibited on previous album Dirty Work. They really didn't, though, and Don't Panic is another hot and stadium-ready album that should connect with those who like their emo-pop very, very heavy on the pop. All Time Low may have started out with a bit more punk in the equation but now, thanks to the kind of songs they're writing, and they way they produce them, there is only a slight hint of punk that comes through in vocalist Alex Gaskarth's occasional snarl and the one or two times a guitar breaks out of the layers of sound and makes some real noise.
Much has been made about All Time Low’s short time spent on a major label. Were there too many cooks in the kitchen? Absolutely. Did the resulting album, Dirty Work, lack the spark that ATL usually bring to the table? Well, yes and no. It’s easy to focus on Dirty Work’s negatives (as they were numerous), but the album also delivered some of the band’s best work to date—“Guts,” “Under A Paper Moon” and “Heroes” are all essential ATL.