All Time Low
Future Hearts


3.5
great

Review

by Mutantsnowstorm USER (5 Reviews)
March 31st, 2015 | 25 replies


Release Date: 04/07/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The album that Dirty Work could have been; Future Hearts is nothing ground breaking, but it's still a fun time.

The evolution of All Time Low has been an interesting one since their conception back in 2004. With each release since “So Wrong, It’s Right,” the band seemed to dilute their sound while still managing to remain as catchy as a pop punk band can get. 2011 brought their weakest album to date, “Dirty Work,” which was criticized for being bland and stripped of all emotion. The band then did a complete overhaul in just a year and released “Don’t Panic,” which saw the band return with a heavier sound. Don’t Panic was given high praise by the fans, but there were some who wondered if the band would stick with this winning formula or try something different once again.

The answer to that question is both a yes and a no. In Future Hearts, we see the band keep the heavier sound that populated Don’t Panic mixed with some of the poppy elements that dominated Dirty Work. There are plenty of catchy tunes to be had, such as “Runaways,” “Cinderblock Garden,” and “Don’t You Go.” Instrumentation keeps a similar sound to their previous release, to the point where it sounds like many of the songs could have been placed among the tracks from Don’t Panic. Lyrically, there’s nothing incredibly special to be had in the songs, which is the case for most pop punk bands on the scene today. What is weird though is that one would think that a band that’s been on the scene for so long would be able to write something that’s better than just “on par” with the other bands of the genre. Regardless, songs are catchy, and while some tracks leave more to be desired, most songs are as good as the work they've done before, depicting stories of teen love and teen life.

One of the other things that distinguishes Future Hearts from their last release is the presence of slower songs on the album. “Missing You” is a semi-acoustic tune with a stomping beat that even implements the use of a mandolin. Then there is the ballad “Tidal Wave” which features a guest vocal spot by Mark Hoppus, whose voice is mixed well in a harmony with Alex. The song itself is a little lackluster in the regard that it doesn't seem to go anywhere, but the chorus is memorable and infectious as Alex sings “You don’t know me at all” over the strings and piano that accompany the song.

The album is not without its missteps, such as “Bail Me Out,” that comes across as bland filler despite the use of Joel Madden (Good Charlotte, Madden Brothers) as a guest vocal spot. “Edge of Tonight” is a dull attempt at an arena rock-type ballad whose chorus comes across as uninspired and devoid of emotion. The second half of the album is certainly weaker than the first, but the album redeems itself at the end with the closer “Old Scars/Future Hearts,” which is full of energy all the way through to the final bars of the song.

At the end of the day, Future Hearts is the middle ground between Dirty Work and Don’t Panic. The band has seemed to settle on a consistent sound and can pump out catchy tunes, but a lack of emotion in some of the songs keeps the album from achieving more. Regardless, there is a lot of fun to be had in this album, and if you go into this album with the right frame of mind, you’ll have a good time.


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Mutantsnowstorm
March 31st 2015


504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

As always, feedback is appreciated!



Album is pretty decent, I wasn't expecting anything incredible though so that probably influenced my rating

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2015


10590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review, pos'd. Not a big ATL fan so not really hurrying to hear this. Will probably get to it sometime

Tunaboy45
March 31st 2015


16750 Comments


ugh this band

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oisincoleman64
March 31st 2015


2298 Comments


Scared to listen. Singles did nothing for me. Great review, pos'd

Mutantsnowstorm
March 31st 2015


504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I enjoyed the singles, they weren't great but they were decent. Tidal wave was probably the weakest but I love the second verse, Mark and Alex's voices really work well together

dmp3131
March 31st 2015


1347 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listening to this now, so far about a 2.5 - 2.8. But, that could change.

dmp3131
March 31st 2015


1347 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm feeling generous after a couple listens. It's really about a 2.7 - 2.9, but the last track is so good it's hard to not give this an initial 3.



Good review, too. Pos'd

Slut
March 31st 2015


4255 Comments


MAYBE IT'S NOT MY WEEKEND

LoLifant
March 31st 2015


1535 Comments


So is there any progression or change compared to their former records? I stopped to care about them quite a time ago, since they're the One Directon of rock/pop punk for me. Also, since their growth of success, it feels like not enough work is done by the band. I don't like bands where a majority of the album is written by producers...

Cygnatti
March 31st 2015


32816 Comments


HOW THE FUCK DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS AT ALL

LoLifant
March 31st 2015


1535 Comments


Are you 13-18 and female? No? There's your answer.

Mutantsnowstorm
March 31st 2015


504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

@LoLifant: I don't know where you dropped off in terms of their discography, but their 2012 effort "Don't Panic" was a more "mature" album so to speak. There's been progression and change throughout their career, just not a whole lot.



I think the music is fun, and the dudes seem pretty cool off stage. I wouldn't call them the One Direction of rock/pop, at least not anymore; especially since 5 seconds of summer came onto the scene (which, coincidentally, ATL writes songs for)

Ebola
March 31st 2015


3589 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I actually loved Don't Panic, but I've never much cared for their other albums, and the singles were lackluster. Hoping to be pleasantly surprised, though.

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Zeiu
April 1st 2015


236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I liked don't panic but this is way too poppy for me.

LoLifant
April 3rd 2015


1535 Comments


Can't get myself to listen to this. I just don't give a shit about these guys any more...dunno why.

dmp3131
April 3rd 2015


1347 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Actually quite a grower of an album. It might be about a 3.2 or so now.

SweeneyTodd
April 5th 2015


2193 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album is tired and lifeless. It's pretty much their last album again, but not as good

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oisincoleman64
April 6th 2015


2298 Comments


Last song saves this from being a 2.5. Biggest disappointment of the year so far

EmptyBoxOfKleenex
April 11th 2015


1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You forgot to mention they ripped off Cartel's riff.

SowingSeason
Moderator
April 20th 2015


31068 Comments


I always hear these guys being mentioned in the same sentence as Yellowcard so I gave this album a shot. It was pretty bad. Sounded like a combination of Boys Like Girls and Bayside, not quite as bad as the former and nowhere near as good as the latter.

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