It came to my attention that somehow I never did a review of All Time Low's Don't Panic. The album came out on October 8, 2012, and then had a deluxe edition come out almost a full year later. I'm not sure how I over looked writing about this album, because I absolutely loved it when it came out, and can honestly say I listen to it a lot. Have since it was released. But, better late than never, right?
The album did extremely well on the charts, but especially in the US. It hit number one on the Top Internet Albums, as we well as the Billboard Independent charts. It also broke the top ten on the Billboard 200, Tastemaker Albums, Rock Albums, and in the UK. It also hit number 13 in Australia, 14 in Japan and 18 in Canada.
The first single came out on August 24, 2012 and was "For Baltimore." This song is the opposite of the typical pop punk stereo type. Instead of saying they hate their hometown, this is an ode to their Baltimore. Its fun, its catchy and encourages them to "Do it for me -do it for Baltimore." To this day, I don't know what we're supposed to be doing for Baltimore, but it sounds good, so I'm going to go with it.
Now remember how I said I was going to be talking about the deluxe edition? They called it Don't Panic! Its Longer Now, which is silly in its own right, but that's All Time Low for you.
The deluxe edition came with eight new songs, one of which features Pierce The Veil's Vic Fuentes, "A Love Like War." This song was a pretty badass one, because in a way it mixed All Time Low's classic, pop rock sound, with Pierce The Veil's almost post-hardcore sound. It meshed really well, and in a way, ended up carrying over a bit to the next album, Future Hearts. It took the internet by storm for quite a while when it came out. Everyone was so excited, and loving the new sound. They also were laughing a bit at the music video, and making memes about Alex choking on popcorn in the background of the video. It really helped make the excitment rise for the deluxe edition.
Which now brings me to my favorite tracks of the album. "A Love Like War" is one of them, and while I do love this entire album, I'm only going to pin point a couple of them. Those songs are, "Somewhere In Neverland", "The Irony Of Choking On A Lifesaver", and "Canals."
"Somewhere In Neverland" is whimsical in a way, and a lot of fun. It encourages someone to get out of their ordinary life and find an escape.
"The Irony of Choking On A Lifesaver", is kind of the opposite of that. Its quite negative, but done in such an upbeat way that you can't help but enjoy it. Its all about someone constantly bringing you down, and they get their point across with just the first line alone. "Stop fucking around with my emotions." Its just an awesome song, and may possibly be one of my absolute favorite All Time Low songs.
Now for "Canals", which is also quite possible one of my all time favorites from them. I really feel like we get into Alex Gaskarth's head a lot with this one and it really left the All Time Low fan base questioning a whole bunch of things. I won't go into too much details in that, but I will say this song is awesome. It also has more of the rock side of the pop punk, which is wonderful.
Well, this was a long review, clearly I had a lot to say about only a few songs. I hope you guys enjoyed it! Please let me know what your favorite songs off of the album are, and feel free to check out the review I already did of Future Hearts. Future Hearts came out in April 2015, and they're still supporting it today.
Speaking of All Time Low supporting things, head on over to their website to check out all of their tour dates, and to get information on their upcoming DVD. They're finally releasing Straight To DVD 2! Further information can be found on their official website.
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