All Time Low
Last Young Renegade


4.0
excellent

Review

by McTime50 USER (21 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2017 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Caught up in the afterglow

While it may not be completely true, it seems like almost every big name rock/pop-punk band has taken a pop-oriented approach to their music recently. Unsurprisingly, this trend has been condemned by many. It’s not hard to see why either. Bands like Linkin Park and Fall Out Boy, while never great, always had a bit of soul that seemed to be completely missing in their recent work. That’s not to say every band has failed in the endeavour to create a poppy album. Paramore’s After Laughter does the nu-wave/pop sound beautifully while retaining the essence of what makes Paramore. So where does this leave All Time Low’s new album, Last Young Renegade" The answer is somewhere in the middle.

Let’s be honest here, we saw it coming. All the signs had pointed towards All Time Low taking on a mainly pop oriented sound, as evidenced by the band’s previous album, Future Hearts. The question here is whether or not they’ve done the sound well. Kinda. Gone are the huge choruses and riffs from Don’t Panic and entering in are wintery synths and chopped vocal hooks. The vocals are subdued and dreamy throughout the album instead of loud and in-your-face. The production on Last Young Renegade is cleaner than ever. Does all this make a bad album" Not really.

Everything on the album is surprisingly catchy. You can tell that the band has put in much more effort than other pop/pop-rock albums that have released recently. Alex Gaskarth’s vocals on the album are at their biggest and may be his best effort yet since Don’t Panic. The melodic synths work well in the songs and are a little more layered and complex under the surface. The chilly and moody vibes come across effortlessly throughout each track, which All TIme Low does exceptionally well. Lyrics aren’t the best, but still work well enough even if simple and cheesy. Highlights like “Nightmares”, “Dark Side Of Your Room”, and “Ground Control” showcase some of the best efforts from the band on the album. The third of which features indie pop duo Tegan and Sara, who fit in perfectly on the track, shifting back and forth vocals with Alex Gaskarth. With all that said, All Time Low still have a few upbeat songs on the album to spice up the album a bit. Tracks like “Last Young Renegade” and “Nice2KnoU” are faster than the other tracks with bigger choruses reminiscent of earlier albums.

Last Young Renegade is not for everyone. It tends to happen when changing style or tone. I expect many people to hate this album to death and I don’t blame them. Most of the bite All Time Low had left is gone from the record. All that remains are slow and chill vibes with subdued choruses and instrumentation. However, I feel that All Time Low does it well. This pop/pop-rock sound is something they always had in them. Whether or not they should continue down this avenue is up for debate, but I’ll be enjoying this album for a while.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JayTheZoomster
June 2nd 2017


9 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Album is really really really fun to listen to. I like it more with every listen.

McTime50
June 2nd 2017


184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Same here, it's gotten progressively catchier with each listen. Started at a 3.5, now made it's way to a 4.

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sempiturtle
June 2nd 2017


1104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

They do this sound exceptionally well. I'm really happy this turned out to be good.

McTime50
June 2nd 2017


184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed. This sound was always lurking around the corner in their albums, it's about time they tried to embrace it.

henryChinaski
June 2nd 2017


3883 Comments


That artwork is awful.

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onionbubs
June 2nd 2017


6796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

so is the album



granted i dont like anything this band has done since like 2006 so i didnt really expect anything different. fans of their last album will be fine with this

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sharkmsc
June 2nd 2017


137 Comments


I mean I kind of like the background but you are ruining it for me

McTime50
June 2nd 2017


184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"granted i dont like anything this band has done since like 2006 so i didnt really expect anything different. fans of their last album will be fine with this"



basically. either you hate the band and album or you love/tolerate the band and find the album mediocre-good.

Cygnatti
June 2nd 2017


32006 Comments


Makes me wanna jam the party scene rn

Ebola
June 2nd 2017


2868 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

way better than future hearts

JesperL
June 4th 2017


71 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Life of the Party is so addictive, but the rest of this thing is bland as fuck.

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Sinternet
June 6th 2017


14836 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is actually offensively bad

Cygnatti
June 6th 2017


32006 Comments


^how does it compare to their previous work. haven't rly listened to anything since the one after nothing personal.

Sinternet
June 6th 2017


14836 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

its just straight up bad pop - theyve gone the way of FOB just less extreme and therefore there's less laughs to be had



shame because i used to like their early stuff when i was 14

Atari
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2017


22699 Comments


haven't heard them since "don't panic" but I can't get past that album art lol

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onionbubs
June 6th 2017


6796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yeah this is terrible, but not even in a funny way. it's just bad

Sinternet
June 6th 2017


14836 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

jacob sartorius-ass looking motherfucker

sempiturtle
June 6th 2017


1104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This is their 3rd best album

onionbubs
June 6th 2017


6796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

2nd worst. idk if theyll ever stoop lower than dirty work tho

sempiturtle
June 6th 2017


1104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'd put Don't Panic first (obvious tbh), So Wrong second (also pretty obvious), and then this, Future Hearts, Nothing Personal, and I've never even listened to Dirty Work.



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