Nothing Personal review by All Time Low

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  • Released: Jul 10, 2009
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (69 votes)
All Time Low: Nothing Personal
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Sound — 8
I'm quite new to All Time Low, only getting So Wrong, It's Right a few days ago. Needless to say, I thought that was an excellent album, so I decided to purchase Nothing Personal, which conveniently came out only a few days after I first dipped my feet into the All Time Low pool. My first impression of this album was positive, with the first 6 songs grabbing themselves a 5 star rating on my iTunes. I'm not totally sure what I liked about the songs. Maybe it was the fun, catchy, pop punk guitars, or the lyrics that seemed to dance around various tales of love and loss, as well as other topics. After those 6 songs though, my interest cooled slightly, as synth was introduced to the mix, a sound which I personally feel did not fit the rest of the album. The exception was Hello Brooklyn, which did not heavily contain synth. I will explain my dislike of this song in the Lyrics section. However, when the album reaches song 10, the guitar riff grabs me from the start, in a kind of way that, despite it not being challenging, it just creates a classic pop punk "epicness", for lack of a better word to describe 4-chord fun. From thereonin to the end of the album, it is again very good.

Lyrics — 8
My hatred of the song Hello Brooklyn was very strong after hearing it. The fact being that, at the end of the chorus, the line "Everybody knows that there's a party at the end of the world" just seemed cheesy and clich. I didn't understand why a song with lines like that managed to make the album, when the lyrics everywhere else appear to be well thought out. Also at the end of that song the lead singer reels off names of random cities from every corner of the world, sounding a bit like a Eurovision caller. This song really failed to impress me, and brought down the album somewhat in my mind. Apart from that though, it was impressive lyrically. There were few childish lines, few clich lines, which kept the album fresh to listen to throughout.

Overall Impression — 8
Compared to So Wrong, It's Right, this album is not as good, but when you reach your third album you can't expect to retain the spunky freshness of your other releases. There isn't that much new to offer if I'm honest, just the same formula that's been followed in previous albums, which has always worked for me. I would rebuy this album if I lost it, but only if I had a few quid spare. I wouldn't say its flaws bring it down too much, and overall provides a good listen all the way through. Fans of pop-punk music, possibly looking to fill a void until blink release something new (as I am), would probably enjoy this album. My personal favourites are Break Your Little Heart and Keep the Change, You Filthy Animal.

16 comments sorted by best / new / date

    JayLacelle
    Sam Rulez D00d wrote: definately a departure from their old sound. a little over-produced. i think they should have just kept with the raw pop-punk guitar bass and drums sound. but overall, i liked the album because of the creative and fun lyrics and popcore attitude. i still think ATL is the best pop-punk (or whatever you wanna call them) band out there right now.
    wtf? they have never had a raw sound. All their previous albums have all sorts of synth-producing effects and the vocals are auto-tuned/pitch corrected to shit
    canvasDude
    i'm sorry but i really despise this band. they're almost as bad as the jonas bros and my ex is in love with them. st00pid n00bs
    HammerJustice
    Love All Time Low and woo, first comment. I hope i like this album, loved their previous one. Does Mark Hoppus make a guest appearance on this album???
    Sam Rulez D00d
    definately a departure from their old sound. a little over-produced. i think they should have just kept with the raw pop-punk guitar bass and drums sound. but overall, i liked the album because of the creative and fun lyrics and popcore attitude. i still think ATL is the best pop-punk (or whatever you wanna call them) band out there right now.
    Hairball135
    this album was extremely disappointing to me its so over produced and they didn't write any of the songs by themselves they are all co written its not ATL
    bf313
    I hate talking bad about bands but i realy can't stand ATL. There lyrics are so simple and not thought out and they have never made a song that is raw and they are maybe the worst pop punk band out there right now. If u want real pop punk listen to Blink 182,MxPx,Sum 41,or any other pop punk band besides this one
    JessicaGonzo
    JayLacelle wrote: Sam Rulez D00d wrote: definately a departure from their old sound. a little over-produced. i think they should have just kept with the raw pop-punk guitar bass and drums sound. but overall, i liked the album because of the creative and fun lyrics and popcore attitude. i still think ATL is the best pop-punk (or whatever you wanna call them) band out there right now. wtf? they have never had a raw sound. All their previous albums have all sorts of synth-producing effects and the vocals are auto-tuned/pitch corrected to shit
    not true if you actually listen to their cds in order you can tell that they were more pop punk then they are now. they even said that in the past they tried to hard to stay in the "pop punk" genre and this cd their just writting music how they want it and not worrying about the genre. in the end this cd is badass
    Photograph
    I think this CD is much better improvement than their last one. I still say their old stuff pre-So wrong its right like Put Up or Shut Up or Party Scene album is best. However, I like this new move and its very catchy.
    pyritmann
    they are total blink 182 knock offs it drives me mental, even the way they act and talk in interviews is so unoriginal, one of the most overrated bands around.
    transplants182
    Hairball135 wrote: this album was extremely disappointing to me its so over produced and they didn't write any of the songs by themselves they are all co written its not ATL
    co-written songs are such a turnoff for me. I never was on the fence on whether i like All Time Low but this now i'm leaning towards no
    transplants182
    transplants182 wrote: Hairball135 wrote: this album was extremely disappointing to me its so over produced and they didn't write any of the songs by themselves they are all co written its not ATL co-written songs are such a turnoff for me. I never was on the fence on whether i like All Time Low but this now i'm leaning towards no
    oops, i meant to say i WAS on the fence and now i'm leaning towards not liking them
    Kbent88
    Maybe someone should tell "blair" that Stella and break your little heart are not singles
    Kbent88
    Only SWIR was semi raw. The Party Scene, Coffee Break Soundtrack and Three Words were as raw as they get.
    JayLacelle wrote: Sam Rulez D00d wrote: definately a departure from their old sound. a little over-produced. i think they should have just kept with the raw pop-punk guitar bass and drums sound. but overall, i liked the album because of the creative and fun lyrics and popcore attitude. i still think ATL is the best pop-punk (or whatever you wanna call them) band out there right now. wtf? they have never had a raw sound. All their previous albums have all sorts of synth-producing effects and the vocals are auto-tuned/pitch corrected to shit
    gdsum41fan
    you know i think the best new pop-punk band as in 2005+ (before that everything was good) is mayday parade. brilliant lyrics, best solos in the genre since brownsound in sum 41, and great dual vocals.