Newest Review: ... side, Nothing Personal is quite different from the bands previous albums. This album is most definitely my favourite out of all All Time... more
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Nothing Personal - All Time Low
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Nothing Personal - All Time Low
Advantages: It's an awesome third album from the guys!
Disadvantages: None ;)
All Time Low is an American pop punk band from Maryland (somewhere in the USA I'm guessing); the band's name is lyrics taken from the song 'Head On Collision' by New Found Glory.
They formed in high school and started out covering bands such as Green Day and Blink-182. They signed their first record deal with Emerald Moon Records in 2004 but before graduating high school in 2006, they signed a new record deal with Hopeless Records.
Alex Gaskarth - vocals & guitar
Jack Barakat - guitar & backing vocals
Rian Dawson - drums
Zack Merrick - bass & backing vocals
'Nothing Personal' is All Time Low's third album; it was released through Hopeless Records on 7 July 2009.The title for the album comes from a lyric in the second song on the album 'Break Your Little Heart'. I haven't been listening to All Time Low for that long, but for the time I have I would say that their third album is my favourite (:
The first single off the album is very upbeat (and catchy as many ATL songs are) and describes the feeling of being fed up with a monotonous life and wanting to do something about it; wanting to feel 'weightless'. The singer Alex said in an interview with MTV that "the whole mentality of the song is like, you feel like you're stuck in this like, negative space and you just want to get out." and in the album trailer Jack said that the song is about not wanting to grow up and just wanting to be a kid. This is probably one of the more famous songs on the album and one of the best (:
"If I could just find the time, then I would never let another day go by ,I'm over, getting old"
*Break Your Little Heart*:
My friend showed me this song and after already hearing 'Weightless' and liking it; this song is where I decided to check the whole album out! This song seems to be about getting revenge on someone or teaching them a lesson by purposely breaking their heart, which does seem a bit harsh.. But the tune doesn't sound malicious, more melodic.
The song could also show how some people don't take love seriously, but more as a game and despite having a slightly darker meaning it's still a song that can be danced to and is more upbeat than the lyrics might imply it would be (:
"I'm gonna break your little heart, Watch you take the fall, Laughing all the way to the hospital, 'Cause there's nothing surgery can do"
*Damned If I do Ya, Damned If I Don't*:
I would say that this is my favourite track on the album, at least at the moment, where I have it on repeat on my ipod ;) It's the second single released off the album and is of course, extremely upbeat! (Sorry for using this word so often but it seems the best fitting...) The lyrics reflect the feeling that no matter what you choose to do you'll be 'damned' and so you might as well do the thing you want the most. Also the classic story (well maybe not classic as in Charles Dickens...) that you still love someone who is over you and you've been trying to ignore the signs but you realise that it's hard to leave because they mean a lot to you. Classic unrequited love story then, and of course ATL manage to make the song so that if it is something you relate to at least the song that describes your feelings is a happy one! :)
"How was I supposed to know that you were oh, oh, over me?
I think that I should go, something's telling me to leave but I won't
'Cause I'm damned if I do ya, damned if I don't"
*Lost In Stereo*:
A track about how a girl doesn't notice someone's feeling or even that person because she's so lost in music; he's intrigued by her but she's just dancing alone enjoying the music that she's listening to and can't be distracted and this is frustrating. He's obviously trying and failing to get her attention, I'd call it more of a lust song than a love song... The song has a echo-y feel and has one of those quiet moments before the final chorus that so many songs love to use (:
"She's dancing alone, I'm ready to go but she's so
(Lost in stereo, lost in stereo)"
I'm guessing 'Stella' refers to the drink as the song is about drinking and how someone only likes you when you're drunk (and probably they are too), however Stella could also be a girl's name and how he knows he shouldn't be doing this, he should get home... A very cheerful song about binge drinking I must say, with a crowd of singers joining
in with the chorus at the end :)
"You're only happy when I'm wasted, I point the finger but I just can't place it
It feels like I'm falling in love when I'm falling to the bathroom floor"
*Sick Little Games*:
A song about Hollywood, and how people thrive on gossip until they realise they've become part of it and need to escape; a product of being famous. Also about how people lose themselves when they're constantly watched and being
famous isn't all it's cracked up to be; starting off doing something you love and then you end up thinking how did it happen to you. Perhaps a little more melancholy than other songs with Alex's voice sounding softer and the tune being simpler (:
"If I play my cards right I can make the big time,
I could be a reason to stare.
Caught up in the spotlight, shaking from the stage fright,
How did I end up here?"
A song that seems to be about how Brooklyn (and L.A) remind someone of someone they knew and how they want to escape in the city when they remember them, and when the world has ended (maybe just to one person) they can
party it away in the type of city it is.. The chorus seems more cheerful (as in the singing style) than the verses but the song is designed as a more anthemic song with the ending seeming like a sing-along (although only one person seems to be singing...)
"This city, so pretty, all the moon-lit skies will be hanging like a cigarette
So stunning, start running,
Tonight's like a knife which she cut me with her kiss"
It's about metaphorical not real ones ;) About someone building a wall around them to keep someone away but now they want to break it down and are no longer scared to fall in love; they've changed and realised how stupid they used to be and how this person makes them want to change. Uplifting as ever and an unconventional love song :)
"Cause I could break down these walls I built around myself,
I wanna fall so in love with you and no one else"
It may sound insane, but too much of a good thing can simply be too much.. This track tells another classic story, the one where a couple don't give each other space because they're so in love and then soon enough resent each other and it all falls apart :'( This person is now lonely on their own and realises their mistakes, perhaps a little
lesson for the lovers out there? This is actually almost a slow song, with a heavy baseline... Alex's voice sounds pretty different on this one (:
"Too much of anything is too much,
Too much love can be too much,
We had too much time, too much us,
So we fought like tomorrow was promised"
*Keep The Change, You Filthy Animal*:
A song about being fed up with someone being fake with you and keeping things from you that they'll share with others and then constantly put you down when all you want to do is know the real them so now you want to call them out. A dancy, shouty song for a girl's night in I think (:
"So vindictive, you'll say anything you like.
The smile you fake, the steps you take, you know you never could get it right.
And talk is cheap so make believe, your secrets find the grave"
*A Party Song (The Walk Of Shame)*:
A song for a party or about a party? Both probably... So, you're at a party, you're having fun until you see your ex and things become tense, but then (by the end of the song) you're tempted and you're in love again, if just for one night. And that is the story of this song! (I love when songs tells stories...) Again a crowd sings and
lots of 'Oh oh'-ing makes it easy to remember and enjoy (:
"I make you come just to watch you leave,
You walk around with my heart on your sleeve
Don't sweat it, it's over now"
The last song on the album (unless you have a version with bonus tracks...) is a nice slow song about therapy and how and how it may be needed but doesn't help... and how you may think that no one needs you. Do you need experts to tell you how you feel when you're so good at faking your feelings? The guitar is softer and drums calmer than other songs and Alex's voice is more shouty towards the end, perhaps a slightly depressing end to an otherwise upbeat album?
Oh well, I still like it! (:
Love yourself so no one has to, they're better off without you"
All Time Low's third album shows how they progress but still keep the same positive attitude in their songs (Or even a positive tune for a not so positive storyline...)
In my opinion this album is their best up to date but their previous other two albums are also great so if you like this one you should check those out too - five stars from me its awesome!!
A couple of the songs do contain a smattering of swearing but it's not too excessive and blends in well (for those easily offended) but I wouldn't necessarily advise parental supervision...
If you like pop punk or just pop, All Time Low are definitely worth listening to and their popularity is ever increasing!
And yes, there is a picture of them in their underwear ;)
Summary: Go buy it, you'll like it! ;-p