Don’t Panic: It’s The New All Time Low Record
Recently [like yesterday recently] All Time Low released their new album, Don’t Panic. This album is released through Hopeless- their original record label- and not Interscope like Dirty Work. While I enjoyed Dirty Work thoroughly, I did prefer their older songs and if you thought anything was missing from that album, Don’t Panic will wash all those desires away, because this is an amazing album instrumentally and very powerful lyrically.
Starting with the power-pop anthem “Reckless and the Brave”, Don’t Panic is a diverse yet impressive album. “Reckless and the Brave” is a call to arms for All Time Low fans, and the following “Backseat Serenade” is a melodic tune that can be listened to anytime anywhere, an automatic favorite for me. “If These Sheets Were States” is one of the more metaphorical songs I’ve heard from All Time Low, and it’s definitely a relatable song if you’ve ever had a relationship that was farther away than you’d like.
“Somewhere in Neverland” is a last minute plea for a happy life, with the familiar powerful guitar of Nothing Personal. I feel like “So Long Soldier” is almost too busy: with the constant drums fast words and guitar it just gets overwhelming throughout most of the song. “The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver” this song jumps into an angry (about as angry as All Time Low can get) with sarcasm and frustration. It’s got a running beat and will probably make you want to dance, and singing along because life [and sometimes a specific person] pisses us all of like this one day or another. “To Live and Let Go” has a more rock feel, like a cover of a Perfect Circle song, with some lyrics that require some translation, it’s not a simple hit and run tune, but great because of it.
For “Outlines” all I can say is: dang, lyrics. This is one you have to know the words to or it won’t ever mean much to you. It’s amazing. “Thanks to You” This is a song you’ll want to dedicate to someone in your life, and it will be your friend during hard times. “For Baltimore” was their second single, and I personally didn’t feel much for it; different than most All Time Low songs and maybe that’s what it was going for. “Paint Your Wings” is very satirical in lyrics, and sounds just like All Time Low. “So Long, and Thanks for All the Booze” is a very self-identifying ending to the album.
I think that this album has its ups and downs, but it’s a return to All Time Low’s genius and the original appeal that got them famous and made them heroes to their fans. I love the lyrical depth that was pulled through this album and I think it’s definitely a good listen. ❤