REVIEW: All Time Low – “Dirty Work”

All Time Low / Dirty Work / Universal

It’s hard to describe an album that isn’t what it should be. Over the years, All Time Low have achieved what most young acts from their genre strive to do. They’ve made girls (and guys) love-drunk over a few contagious hooks. They’ve inspired novices to pen their own songs in the vein of The Party Scene. They’ve even attracted a major label, which in turn, has the Baltimore quartet furthering their study into the mechanisms of pop. As Nothing Personal took a shot at the group’s horizons, Dirty Work follows up with another, but misses, failing to find structure and an identifiable voice. Part of the problem is All Time Low seem like they don’t know where to fit in. Kissing the hand of dance with sugary guitar drives (“Time-Bomb”, “No Idea”), getting frisky with classic pop (“Just The Way I’m Not”) and taking cues from Weezer on how to incorporate more fun (“I Feel Like Dancin’”) all seem like great paths to take, but the results feel rushed.

The reason being – All Time Low has done it before. “That Girl” acts like repeat morning sickness with a flat rhythm that can barely hang on to Alex Gaskarth’s voice for more than three minutes. Despite regurgitating more polished, less candid material, Dirty Work does still flash a bit of grit. Adding piano and strings to a mild-tempered side of Gaskarth makes “Return The Favor” more of a stand-out than a scratched Brendon Urie ballad, while “Heroes” bewilders, making you choke on it’s ruthless pop punk attitude cut from those 2005 days. “Forget About It” shows a glimpse of this, but even it’s catchy chorus can’t save itself from walking into a unnecessary spoken-word rant. The ingredients making up Dirty Work give those – who can digest it – an album to cartwheel over all year long. The expansive ventures and quiet trek back to the starting line on the other hand, claim that career-changing album has yet to come.

Download: “Heroes”, “Forget About It”

 

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8 comments on “REVIEW: All Time Low – “Dirty Work”

  1. Melanie on said:

    I will forever love this band and the new songs are AWESOME. Just because it is a bit different and new doesn’t mean you have to take a shot at the group.

    GET A LIFE !

  2. Derek on said:

    Agree with the review – “Heroes” is great, but the rest is weak.

  3. Anonymous on said:

    get a life? wow, he’s not taking a shot at the band its just in all honestly EVERYTHING he said is completely right. i loved nothing personal and really thought this would be the album for them but its their worst one yet, nothing flows there’s just no song structure, alex needs to learn how to write real lyrics.

  4. Anonymous on said:

    they need to really put an effort into their music. go back to Hopeless.

  5. Hello on said:

    I personally really liked the album, it’s different than before, but different can be good. People just need to accept that fact.

  6. Anonymous on said:

    I just feel like they are playing a 70s rock album. And most of the songs are the same.
    I used to really enjoy the creative metaphors but its not really on this album.looks like well be waiting another two years for another album.
    Peace &love.
    God bless

  7. Ashley on said:

    They don’t take music serious anymore. It’s why the album’s lame.

  8. anonymous on said:

    i loved So Wrong It’s Right and Put Up or Shut Up, and ive been looking forward to this album for like 6 months and im kind of afraid to buy it because alll the reviews are bad….and even the album cover is diffrent. they have never had themselves as their cover and when i saw that i had a feeling the songs would be…shallow and wouldnt have the same meaningful lyrics as their other albums….so yeahh…ive heard a couple songs but shoud i buy this?

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