All Time Low - Nothing Personal
Record Label: Hopeless Records
Release Date: July 7, 2009
So Wrong, Itís Right was undoubtedly one of the best pop-punk albums to be released in recent years. It was fast, energetic and there wasnít a single track any pop fan would skip. All Time Low return with Nothing Personal, now with a lot more to prove. I have no problem in saying Nothing Personal is a fantastic album, with twelve solid pop-punk songs and a lot of attitude and honest lyrics. Right away from the beginning, you can notice the overall mood of the album. ATL doesnít intend to make a masterpiece here, but just a fun album to listen throughout the Summer.
"Maybe itís not my weekend, but itís gonna be my year" is a sentence that proves how uplifting and pure ATL lyrics are. Still, this album also marks a departure on the writing, as ATL search for new moods. "Break Your Little Heart" is a simple pop-punk song with fantastic lyrics about breaking-up and not regretting it. Itís a fresh change from the usual lyrics about falling in love. "Therapy" is a somewhat depressing song that takes some time to grow on you, but makes up for it with trully therapeutic lyrics for the more depressed.
Musically, ATL also achieved a whole new level of catchiness. "Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Donít)" has Butch Walker written all over it. Why? It has a chorus that gets stuck in your brain and absolutely refuses to go out, no matter what. "Oh oh oh, how was I suppose to know that you were / Oh, oh, over me I think that I should go" will be in your head for days. "Stella" is the best song of the album. Again, it shows off a fantastic chorus, along with great lyrics and outstanding vocal delivery. Unfortunately, ATL fall into the mistake of using different producers. "Too Much," produced by The-Dream, ends up being too disco to be a good song, and like the title implies, ends up being too much. Aside from that song, all the other songs sound great. "Lost In Stereo" has some great metaphors and enough energy to be a Summer hit. "Keep The Change, You Filthy Animal" will be a fan-favorite for many years and "A Party Song (The Walk Of Shame)" represents better than any song the mood of a party gone wrong.
Aside from a few mistakes, ATL made one of the best pop-punk albums of this decade, almost as good as So Wrong, Itís Right. They can still do better if they focus a little more, but for now, Nothing Personal is everything a pop listener could ask for.