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With All Time Low`s Dirty Work coming out in a couple days, and pre-orders already shipped out, delivered, and received, (might I also mention the album was leaked last week?) here`s a personal review of it.
Dirty Work is filled with different rhythms and sounds that create a new picture of All Time Low (it`s screaming that on their album cover; pictured above). The Baltimore based band, beginning in 2003, has grown a huge amount since their first album and the popular EP, Put Up Or Shut Up. Though this album doesn`t scream The Party Scene, it doesn`t mean that you should ignore it. If you`ve got a liking for pop punk/pop (this album mainly alternative/pop sounding) and haven`t given ATL a chance, then head to the store on June 7th and pick it up.
Unlike ATL`s earlier acoustic songs (Lullabies being only partially acoustic), the ones on DW aren`t of my liking (then again, I now have a hard time listening to "Remembering Sunday" without wanting to hit next). I actually have to skip "Daydream Away" once I hear it begin. Fast beat with electric guitar songs like "That Girl" and "I Feel Like Dancing" (a satire song about the radio/music industry) don`t have me as a fan either, but the rest of the album is worthwhile.
"No Idea" sounds similar to "Too Much" off Nothing Personal. Though unlike Nothing Personal, Alex Gaskarth`s voice sounds less fixed and cleaned up, an extremely important factor. "Under A Paper Moon" was a highly anticipated track off DW after the band began to play it live during the Dirty Work Tour. After hearing the live version off YouTube and personally (I attended the San Francisco date), I was disappointed with the studio version. The flow and reality (which is ironic since the song is about living a fictional life, as far away from reality to be happy) of it is obviously lacking on the CD.
If you`re slowly losing interest in ATL and want to try it again, take a listen to "Guts" featuring Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds, or the opening track of DW: "Do You Want Me (Dead)."
My rating: 3/5 stars
(I do NOT own the copyright(s) to this album cover/am not the owner of this photo. Source: Google Images)