Sound — 9
This band clearly has a lot of potential and a lot of it shows through with this recording. Their sound can't really be classed as new, but it's certainly refreshing and slightly unique, I can't say completely unique because they sound like a mixture of Blink 182, Paramore, Fall Out Boy and others like them (a fact that is obvious through their Would Like to Thank section of the CD case). Even with the thought of other bands sounding like them, All Time Low only take the best aspects of today's bands and shape them into something new. In songs like This Is How We Do and Let It Roll, their talent for Pop-Punk-Revival music shows itself and blows you away for a while, at least. After a few tracks, you get used to the style and find yourself either at ease with the music or bored of it. It depends upon the listener's personality, I suppose. When you get to track 6 (Dear Maria, Count Me In), it's nice to hear the brilliant transition into Shameless, which is almost un-recognisable. There is an almost complete switch of styles with Remembering Sunday as most of it acoustic, with light drums and piano, only changing when it gets towards the end, becoming as heavy as the rest of the songs on the album (another nice transition, but within one song this time).
Lyrics — 8
There are some great harmonies with the singer's vocals and the backing vocals, that can't be denied. But some tracks sound pretty similar to each other, vocal-wise. That's the only flaw with the singer's vocals, a flaw that I have often seen with Blink 182 (a band that, not surprisingly, is in their thank list). The lyrics themselves are pretty good, I think. Very catchy. Some of them don't make sense with the rest of the song. That's ok though, because (whilst you're listening to them) you're still either tapping your foot to the beat or singing along, not taking in the meaning of the words.
Overall Impression — 9
I like this album, which is something, because usually I dislike bands that sounds anything like the classic American punk-band persona (like, as you guessed, Blink 182). I can't guarantee that everyone will like it, but if you're a fan of the bands that I have mentioned or if you're a fan of pop-punk/punk revival music, then the chances are that you'll probably enjoy this album.