We’re all anticipating the release of All Time Low’s new album, Don’t Panic, tomorrow 10/9! A while back, the band released an album stream that had fans running to YouTube to finally listen to the full album in its entirety. I was one of those fans, and thought I would review the album everyone’s been waiting for.
1. The Reckless and the Brave
I’ll be honest, I did not like this song when it was first released. I don’t feel it really went back to All Time Low’s “roots.” It’s a good pop-punk song though, and probably one of the most ‘pop punk’ songs off the album. It’s about being true to yourself, which is always a hit with fans. Long live us!
2. Backseat Serenade
I like this song, it’s good. I enjoy the lyrics, I like Cassadee Pope’s vocals. Simple as that. It will probably be very popular once fans get a hold of Cassadee from her stunt on The Voice. Really wish we heard more of her voice in this song, duets are sort of my thing.
PS. Risadee is the cutest thing.
3. If These Sheets Were States
It’s alright, making me very happy that All Time Low ditched the pop scene. This song is making me ‘aww’ over the cute message. If you’re going through a long distance relationship, you’ll love this song. Stay together kids!
4. Somewhere In Neverland
As a huge Disney fan, I love this song. I just love when Alex references to Peter Pan, so I’m a happy camper. It’s just a really cute song, and lovestruck teens will use this as their anthem for the school year.
5. So Long Soldier
Possibly the heaviest song on this album. Definitely one the songs that you can relate back to their Put Up or Shut Up phase. Again, I wish we heard some more vocals from Anthony Raneri. This is probably going to be the favorite for old school All Time Low fans. Really love how Gaskarth brought past experiences into this song.
6. The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver
Wow, Gaskarth seems angry. Kudos on the song title. Once I listen to this song more, it will definitely be my favorite song off this album. Lyrics can be related very easily, expect angry girlfriends blasting this song to their ex’s.
7. To Live and Let Go
The songs just seem to get better by each track. Unfortunately, I’m not finding a theme in this album. But this song is very good. I can easily compare this to So Long Soldier in terms of heaviness. Not a fan of Gaskarth’s voice in this song though, it seems to get higher with each album released.
Why does it seem like when this band gets good co-writers, they always end up to be there weaker songs (looking at you Rivers Cuomo *cough* “I Feel Like Dancin” *cough*)? It’s pretty hard, compared to the other songs off this album, but unfortunately not that memorable.
9. Thanks To You
So far, we can tell that the band has gone back to their Nothing Personal days. This is no longer just a pop album, welcome back to pop punk status boys! Definitely feeling an angry message throughout this album. Seems like someone broke poor Gaskarth’s heart. I’m sure he has plenty of suitors waiting for him though.
10. For Baltimore
The second song to be released as a teaser for Don’t Panic. I immediately enjoyed it more than I had “The Reckless and the Brave.” The intro is very catchy, and the lyrics are very easy to retain. It’s an overall catchy song that will get stuck in your head for a while. One of the better songs on Don’t Panic, in my opinion.
11. Paint You Wings
I was hoping this song would be slow to be honest, I miss songs like “Therapy” and “Remembering Sunday.” Filled with angst, this song will definitely be a hit with scorned lovers. The lyrics are pretty neat, too.
12. So Long, and Thanks for All the Booze
Whoa, first 15 seconds and I really like this song. Loving the drum track on this, yay Rian! Probably one of the catchiest songs off this album, I know it’ll probably be up there in my top 3. This is the All Time Low that grabbed me as a fan.
In short, this album is definitely a step up from Dirty Work. Kudos to the guys on a great album, and we hope to work with you again soon! Be sure to pick up Don’t Panic tomorrow in stores or on iTunes!
PS, Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! If you’re American, I for sure ate lots of turkey in your honor today!
Cathy is our residential Canadian writer at MusicSkins. Currently enrolled at Concordia University, she’s underway to getting her degree in Communications Studies. A huge pop punk fan, Cathy revolves her work around music. Check out her interviews and photos, and find her on Twitter… if you can.