Sound — 9
Straight out of high school, All Time Low have been working hard in their local Maryland scene to get their music out to the rest of the country and heard by a variety of ears. With a recent signing to Hopeless/Sub City Records, a label that have started bands like Thrice, Avenged Sevenfold, and Mustard Plug, the guys finally got their big break and were ready to break the mainstream. Following their buzzworthy debut full length record The Party Scene, All Time Low have been attracting listeners from all over the globe, gaining some much deserved attention. Put Up Or Shut Up, a collection of some old All Time Low tracks, and some new ones, is a great display of what the guys have to offer, and is sure to gain them some more fans. The EP starts off with a new track, "Coffee Shop Soundtrack", a very catchy song, that combines everything from witty teenage angst driven lyrics, and melodic vocals from lead singer Alex Gaskarth to make one powerful song. The next two tracks "Break Out! Break Out!" and "The Girl's A Straight Up Hustler" are two old tracks from their full length record, and two of the best. All Time Low definitely plucked the best songs for this EP and are really showcasing their talent with the songs they chose. The next track "Jasey Rae" is the other new track, and in my opinion the better one of the two.
Lyrics — 8
The album definitely has some witty, and catchy lyrics. One of the speculations I had for All Time Low was just how long could they keep up putting out catchy, witty, loud songs that have you singing from beginning to end. These speculations were put to rest after this EP was released. I can see now that the guys are well equipped to keep putting out great catchy music. Coming from a scene in Maryland that is not highlighted as often as other scenes (New Jersey, SoCal, etc.), All Time Low have been working hard from day one to make it big. It shows, and is paying off.
Overall Impression — 9
The only negatives I have to say about this album is that I liked the older versions of the old songs better than the new ones. The production on the album is pretty good for a co-self produced record, which should be applauded in the first place. All Time Low's next full length record is going to be produced by Matt Squire which is definitely a treat. Expect big things from these guys in the future. Who knows, they could be on your television screen before you know it.