All Time Low
Nothing Personal


3.0
good

Review

by Michael Roberts USER (99 Reviews)
September 10th, 2009 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maybe it's not my weekend, but it's gonna be my year.

Over the last year, All Time Low is a band name that has been on the tip of the tongue of just about every pop-punk fanatic. Between wearing the crown of Alternative Press’ band of the year, directly supporting genre titans Fall Out Boy on tour and selling out multiple headline tours of their own, the Maryland-based group stretched their popularity to new heights. Armed with a wicked sense of humor – on and off stage – the quartet also packs an arsenal of irritatingly irresistible, hook-filled pop-punk tunes that are turning these 21-year-olds into household names. On their second full-length record, Nothing Personal, the crab state natives make it clear they are not interested in being a short-lived trend.

Picking up where they left off, All Time Low rely on their gain-friendly guitar tones, groovy bass lines and smooth vocal melodies to craft a memorable, albeit generic record. This formula succeeds on singles “Weightless” and “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t).” The aforementioned features one of the finest choruses in the group’s discography while the latter finds frontman Alex Gaskarth showing his lyrical wit with the line “I’m drowning in a river of denial,” further escalating the record’s already high fun factor.

Their octave-chord based, up-tempo and light-hearted tunes dominate the majority of the record. “Keep The Change, You Filthy Animal” and “A Party Song (The Walk of Shame)” find All Time Low maintaining their initially established momentum deep into the album. Both find success off of their immense choruses and persistent youthful energy.

With the success endured over the last year, many have labeled the group with traditional name-calls, ‘sell-out’ being the most common. Not wasting an opportune moment to exercise their humor, All Time Low named one of their headline tours “The Compromising of Integrity, Morality & Principles in Exchange for Money Tour,” a phrase taken verbatim from Wikipedia’s definition of sell-out. On Nothing Personal, Gaskarth and crew take a more serious route in dealing with their fiercest critics. “Sick Little Games” is a surprisingly mature, mid-tempo song that showcases the band confidently stepping out of their comfort zone. Utilizing an acoustic timbre in the rhythm section, the opening verse finds Gaskarth confessing, “I'm turned on by the tabloids, you would never have guessed/that I'm a sucker for their gossip, man I take it too far.” The tune certainly stands out on the record, marking a newfound sense of songwriting ability and collective maturity.

While there is much to praise throughout its 12 track duration, Nothing Personal does not finish without faults. Along with the fact that there are minimal amounts of originality and progression, production becomes an issue. The far too sugary studio fabrication brings sections of the record down. “Stella” recalls shenanigan filled nights after enjoying one too many Belgian ales (last name Artois) and its excessively glossy production is cavity inducing. “Too Much” finds the pop-punk quartet forgetting the second half of their genre. The embarrassingly awful song features an overuse of sampled drums and auto-tune heavy vocals, making it reminiscent of a half-hearted attempt at covering a 90s boy band.

Even despite their faults and lack of originality, All Time Low does enough right on their sophomore full-length effort to warrant multiple spins from any fan of the genre. Nothing Personal rarely takes itself too seriously and infrequently asks listeners to. Its youthful feel makes it a fantastic summer record that is also worthy of listens throughout the other three seasons. Nothing Personal makes a clear point as to why the foursome are soaking up the spotlight as of late. The truth to their success is rather simple: All Time Low is playing generic pop punk; they are just doing it better than everyone else at the moment.



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ToWhatEnd
September 10th 2009


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Making a comeback to reach that 100 review mark. Constructive criticism is MOST MOST MOST welcome on this. I'm going to submit this as a sample for my university's paper.

Phantom
September 10th 2009


8930 Comments


i caught the video for weightless on tv earlier. all the 'witty' comments about the band in the video were actually true.

Good review, bad band

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2009


17215 Comments


nice review. album's alright.

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caseydeanne
September 17th 2009


1 Comments


These guys are so awful.

Just another generic "pop-punk" band with stupid "scene" hair, a huge fan base of screaming immature girls, and absolutely no originality.

redsparrow
September 17th 2009


431 Comments


These guys are so awful.

Just another generic "pop-punk" band with stupid "scene" hair, a huge fan base of screaming immature
girls, and absolutely no originality.


Killer first post. And completely accurate.

But LOL for you registering here just to rate Daisy. At least rate their other records too.

thatoneguy726
October 9th 2009


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think All Time Low stands above the rest of the sickeningly huge slew of no-name pop-punk bands. I actually look at them as the poster child pop-punk band, but in a good way.

Jaskolkaaa
January 12th 2010


330 Comments


^ don't talk; you're currently digging a TWILIGHT SOUNDTRACK.

TheSpirit
January 12th 2010


17883 Comments


I don't really like this at all but, "Damned if I Do Ya (Damned if I Don't) and "Lost In Stereo" are both ridiculously catchy tunes.

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thatoneguy726
January 12th 2010


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha. Jaskolkaaa, look up the track listing, and if you're still not convinced, give it one listen and then see if you still tell me I can't talk for liking that collection of songs.

Jaskolkaaa
January 13th 2010


330 Comments


haha, fine, fair enough :p



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