Sound — 8
Much like the rest of All Time Low's discography, "Don't Panic" is full of catchy, sing-a-long tunes with riffs following the likes of pop punk bands - and their main influences - such as New Found Glory, Blink-182 and Green Day. The band has kept up their high standard of music, with tunes such as "A Love Like War," "Paint You Wings" and "Thanks to You." The singing from Alex Gaskarth are the same clear, audible vocals as heard on all the band's previous releases, and the instrumentals follow the same formula the band has used since their formation.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics of this album are a solid continuation of the content heard in all of the band's other albums, without downgrading or becoming nonsensical. The lyrics, written by Gaskarth, still talk about adolescent - and, occasionally, more adult - problems, which relates to an attracts a wide teenage audience internationally. This huge and fiercely loyal fanbase is well deserved; All Time Low have kept their lyrical standard high and remain one of the most influential pop punk bands of the modern day.
Overall Impression — 7
As I've said before, All Time Low have upheld their standards and more than earned their reputation within the pop punk scene. "Don't Panic" is the first album that was the cause of their transition into the mainstream scene, yet it remains one of their best albums to date, with no negative changes to their sound to reach out to wider audiences. I think "Don't Panic" marks a turning point in the band, and their progression into fame without "selling out" is a skill only the best can achieve. All Time Low have and will most likely continue to impress me after each and every album they release.