All Time Low: Nothing Personal
So Wrong, It’s Right was undoubtedly one of the best pop-punk albums to be released in recent years. It was fast, energetic and there wasn’t a single track any pop fan would skip. ATL returns with Nothing Personal, now with a lot more to prove.
I have no problem in saying Nothing Personal is a fantastic album, with 12 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 doesn’t intend to make a masterpiece here, but just a fun album to listen throughout the Summer.
‘Maybe it’s not my weekend, but it’s 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. It’s a fresh change from the usual lyrics about falling in love. ‘Therapy’ is a somewhat depressing song that takes sometime growing on you, but makes up 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 Don’t)’ 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 of a fantastic chorus, along with great lyrics and outstanding vocal delivery. Unfortunately, ATL fall in 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 explicits, ends up being too much. Aside from that song, all the other songs sound great and unlike. ‘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 here one of the best pop-punk albums of this decade, almost as good as So Wrong, It’s 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.