All Time Low
Nothing Personal


3.0
good

Review

by Hedgehog32396 USER (1 Reviews)
July 6th, 2012 | 22 replies | 2,528 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A more mainstream approach that hinders more than it helps

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Ahhh Nothing Personal, the album that garnered many new fans for the band, but at the same time turned away many of the older fans. The reason is simple, All Time Low are a pop-punk band who don't really enjoy being pop punk. Later releases have shown that the band has a love for a more tween orientated powerpop sound.

This album bridged the gap between their old pop-punk sound and their new, more commercialized sound. It holds some downright terrible songs such as 'Too Much', which has been used as a blatant attempt to attract more Pop/R'n'B fans and 'Hello, Brooklyn' to hook fans of electro-pop. Because these songs focus more on pandering to their selective genres than good songwriting, they end up being the worst songs on the album.
'Too Much' lives up to its name as it just feels like too much of song. It feels incredibly long due to it's slow, monotonous beat and a complete lack of effort in the lyrics department. However, in reality it only clocks in at 4:16.
Hello, Brooklyn shares many of the same faults that 'Too Much' does, by sounding overly-polished and lyrically contrived. But as an added bonus, we get Alex rhyming any and all major cities that pop into his head.

Auto-tune rears its ugly head throughout the album and becomes a big problem, considering Gaskarth can actually sing, the auto-tune and vocal effects are unnecessary and even damaging to some of the songs. An example would be the song "Lost In Stereo" while being a solid song, the over-layering and lyrical repetition drags the song down from something that could have been much, much better. The same can be found on the song 'Walls', which begins with an awkward sounding beat, but slowly evolves into something of a We The Kings rip-off (Think 'Skyway Avenue')

Even with these faults however, the album has some thoroughly enjoyable moments. 'Weightless', the album's lead single, shows off Gaskarth's talent at writing hooks as teenagers everywhere are singing at the top of their lungs 'Maybe it's not my weekend, but it's gonna be my year'.
The next five songs on the album are surprisingly consistent, even if they don't quite live up to the standards set by the opening track. You can find clever word play on the song 'Stella' which uses the word 'Stella' to describe a girl and a branded alcoholic beverage of the same name. There's also the power ballad-esque 'Sick Little Games' which manages to refrain from sounding cheesy, like its classic 80's counterparts. And finally you have the two anthemic sing-alongs 'Damned If I Do Ya' and 'Break Your Little Heart' which will be stuck in your head for days.

After the next, extremely poor three songs, the album picks itself back up again with some of the strongest songs on the album. 'Keep The Change, You Filthy Animal' and 'A Party Song ' are reminiscent of their past album as they are brought back to something closer to their older sound, with a less mechanical production and more heart and energy, making these songs a fun listen.

Finally, you have the albums closer 'Therapy', which shows of Gaskarth incredible vocals and talented lyric writing about a more personal topic (contrary to the album title) that is targeted towards a more niche audience of troubled children forced to go to therapy against their will. This was a brave move on an album that was meant to target a wider audience.

"Therapy is every kids nightmare. When everyone is telling you you need help and all you really want is a hug. - Alex Gaskarth"

Recommended Tracks
Weightless
Therapy


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Hedgehog32396
July 6th 2012



503 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First review, criticism accepted (and expected)

KILL
July 6th 2012



71253 Comments


thought you dug em andcas

Digging: David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

Hedgehog32396
July 6th 2012



503 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It was between a 2.5/3 but I do like the album so...

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 6th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Agreed, I enjoyed this though I haven't listened to this in a long time. Dirty Work is where they fell off the edge for me.

Tyrael
July 6th 2012



20798 Comments


a 2

lol

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 6th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Not at all. First 3 songs were good pop rock and the lyrical quality is much better than on Dirty Work: this one had much more sarcastic and self-aware remarks whereas Dirty Work was almost entirely about girls. The 2nd half kinda sucks for me, and Hello Brooklyn is by far the worst song here.

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 6th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I thought Traelxy gave pretty much their whole discography a 2.

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 6th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, I saw it a while ago. That's about how I feel about them too but I still enjoyed this one. The production is what really killed Dirty Work for me, among other things.

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 6th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Of course I can't. But a large departure isn't always bad. Sometimes it's hard to believe this is the same band that wrote Party Scene.

"nothing personal has about all the same problems dirty work had."

Yes, but on Dirty Work, it was like they weren't even trying to be good. All of the problems NP had were all magnified on Dirty Work.

auberginedreams
July 6th 2012



6028 Comments


party scene is the only good thing this band has done.

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 6th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Nope, after this, I knew it would only get much worse. And it was, worse than I even expected. That new single of theirs isn't flattering either.

"party scene is the only good thing this band has done."

Put Up or Shut Up is too. Parts of SWIR are great.

Hedgehog32396
July 10th 2012



503 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think this makes it an easier read, can anyone tell me what they think?

jmnewcomer18
January 10th 2013



3408 Comments


Not a bad review man, especially for a first. I joined a month ago. Working on my first review but ive read tons of them and yours is actually decent.

RickySpanish
January 10th 2013



173 Comments


My old roommate loved this band. I personally think all their songs are similar and the band is complete garbage.

Jack's Mannequin or Something Corporate are the only two bands needed for this genre.

Hedgehog32396
January 10th 2013



503 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks man, I'm pretty crap at writing. One of my teachers even asked if I was dyslexic ahaha
seeing them in february, pretty stoked considering they put on a great live show.

jmnewcomer18
January 11th 2013



3408 Comments


No prob man. Just curious is your name Gabe?

Hedgehog32396
January 12th 2013



503 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nah it's not aha

jmnewcomer18
January 14th 2013



3408 Comments


ha aight man you just look just like one of my old friends thats all. i feel like a dumbass haha

Hedgehog32396
January 16th 2013



503 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that's not me omg
lead singer of All Time Low ahaha

TommyD
April 3rd 2013



13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is a great album i think it there best album.



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