All Time Low's 5th major release (6 if your including The Party Scene), Dont Panic, has been out for a week now. As of right now not my favorite album of theirs, but I do very much believe its their best release yet. Just wondering what everybodys favorite song is and why. maybe a thought or two on the album...
My favorite song as of right now is "To Live And Let Go". Awesome 6/8 song to follow up from Guts. Its one of the most powerful performances Ive heard from Alex, vocally and the song is just great. The song has great atmosphere with that intro/verse guitar motive, the prechorus is a great build up, and is one of their biggest rock chorus' and songs in general. I also think Rian's drumming really shows through with the different meter. I don't know much about drums, but I just love what he did in the first prechorus and the chorus'. Bridge has some sweet phase reversal thing (I think thats what it is) with the guitar riff too. Only thing I could live without is the vocal effect in the last chorus after the bridge. Dont mind using effects ike that on vocals, but it just felt unnatural in that situation, especially when the full band came in. Wouldve much rathered just up the reverb and like a 3/4 part harmony instead and kept thhe harmony in the last chorus. All-in-all, I just think think this song (and Guts too) is a great digression from the pop punk and pop rock that theyve been so successful with and showed they can be bold and make a great "rock" song, despite Alex's vocal tone being more favorable toward pop rock.
On another day though and a different mood I easily couldve picked Somewhere In Neverland, or So Long Soldier, and Thanks For The Booze. The album as a whole is just very diverse and dynamic, while at the same time cohesive (which Dirty Work lacked) and definitely feel like they are from the same album. In my opinion this band is the best right now (if not one of the best) at blending different genres like pop rock, pop punk, and rock into an album, or even just one song. Every song could be considered either one of their top pop rock songs or pop punk songs. Alex, Mike Green, the rest of the band, and Hopeless kicked ass with this album.