On November 8, 2019, All Time Low released a completely revamped version of their 2009 hit album, Nothing Personal. To celebrate the ten year anniversary, they wanted to revisit it all and update it in the mind sets they are now, with a new style. I was incredibly excited for this, as that was the first album to be released after I discovered them. My first song from them was "Poppin' Champange", if that tells you how long I've been a fan of these guys. They made an interesting first impression, I might add.
From day one, I've always loved "Weightless", "Lost In Stereo" and "Damned if I do Ya, Damned if I Don't." But as I got older, I also loved A Party Song, Therapy, Walls. I frankly did not understand how sexual A Party Song was in 2009, and it amuses me so much to this day. Ah, the innocence, its something unique.
I woke up this morning to a message from a friend gushing over the album, so I hopped onto iTunes and bought it up immediately to do a review. Barely even spoke to my mother first -sorry, mom. The hype was too real. I was a little unsure how I would feel about this album, as I actually didn't love Last Young Renegade. I didn't hate it, and there were a few songs I did enjoy, but it wasn't exactly my cup of tea.
What I was met with was interesting, because when you've been listening to these songs for ten years, you're used to that particular sound. So anything else is weird and different, almost jarring. I think most of it is going to grow on me, as I don't dislike any of it at all, but it fresh so its an adjustment.
What I will say though is what I absolutely loved, and that was "Weightless." That has been one of my favorite songs ever since the original came out, and this version is so similar to how they do it live. It borderline gave me chills, which is not something I get often. I love the vocal style Alex took through the entire album, over all the music as well. It all flowed very well, and was extremely well produced.
Ironically though, the one I was the most excited to hear didn't actually do it for me. I was most excited for "Lost In Stereo", because of the screams teased in the trailer. All Time Low will include the screaming once in a while in concert, so I was intrigued to realize it was included on the album, but in reality it felt slightly random for the most part. I think it was because the tempo was still on the pop side, not the heavier side. It felt really out of place, except in the chorus. So that surprised me, I fully expected to love that.
Another thing I really loved was something incredibly minor, but I like that they didn't censor themselves in "A Party Song (A Walk of Shame)." In the original song, the lyric says, "Nothing more than a casual folk." Which obviously implies a casual fuck. In this version, he actually says it correctly. Its a small thing, but that made me happy. I'm sure they were told to censor it back in the day, and were not told to do the same this time.
I honestly could keep going on and on, and I guess that comes from being a fan of the band for the last eleven or so years. I might actually elaborate a little more over in the blog section, when I talk about the documentary they uploaded onto YouTube. But the last thing I wanted to actually talk about was "Therapy."
The fact that they managed to take an already incredibly deep and emotional song, and make it even deeper astounds me. I immediately picture that live and know there will not be a single person in the venue not in tears. Its powerful, and beautiful.
All Time Low, incredible job, I applaud you on this. You can tell it came from the heart, and that you just wanted to revisit it for the fun of it. Its a very cool concept, more bands should do the same.
If you're interested, it is available everywhere music is available, including iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more. They're also performing the album in full at several sold out locations next month, and have some merch special for the album. Its all on pre-order now over on their website. Go check it out, and let me know what you think about the album. Do you like the changes? Or do you wish they would have never done this? Let us know down below, or over on Facebook.
If you want to hear a random story and me ramble as I watched the documentary that went with the album, please click here. I had a really good time watching and writing, and it kind of brought me back to why I started this in the first place.
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.