Have a listen to: 'Kids In The Dark', 'Missing You' and 'Dancing With A Wolf'
All Time Low – Future Hearts
Release Date: 7th April 2015
I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was hesitant about Baltimore pop punk rockers, All Time Low’s new album. I’ve found their previous records a bit hit and miss and though I’m loathed to say it I do prefer their older stuff. However I sat down to immerse myself in their latest offering ‘Future Hearts‘ with an open mind.
Bringing us in was ‘Satellite‘. Weighing in at just over 2 minutes there was a real Green Day vibe for me. It’s the sort of song you can imagine a crowd singing back at you. It feels like an opener for not only an album but a live show too.
Slotted a quarter of the way into the album were lead single ‘Something’s Gotta Give‘ and secondary single ‘Kids In The Dark‘. I was unsure about ‘Something’s Gotta Give‘ when it was first released – I like it but I feel it’s missing a little something to make it really feel like All Time Low. ‘Kids In The Dark‘ on the other hand really does it for me. It’s more punk rocky and feels like a real rebellious anthem.
A little further on and we’re greeted with ‘Missing You‘ a real foot tapping song with folk influences. You can pick out jangly banjos, or possible mandolins, dancing through this track and there’s a country-esque feel to the drums. Lyrically I found this song really poignant, it’s rather emotional; a little bite of something sweet in the middle of an otherwise heavier album.
I’m yet to decide how I feel about ‘Tidal Waves‘ featuring friend of the band, and Blink 182 bassist, Mark Hoppus. There’s certainly some power to this tune although it’s perhaps, I feel, a little over produced for what it is. Continuing with guest vocalists ‘Bail Me Out‘ features Joel Madden’s trademark vocals. The Good Charlotte singer can be easily distinguished on this more upbeat and poppy track; in fact I found ‘Bail Me Out‘ vaguely reminiscent of Owl City’s sugary synthpop.
Nearing the end of the album I really enjoyed ‘Dancing With A Wolf‘, although I felt like I could be listening to a Fall Out Boy song.
The album ends pretty well with ‘Old Scars/Future Hearts‘; a rocky anthem building up to an brilliant finale that once again can be easily imagined chanted through an arena.
Overall All Time Low’s sixth studio offering has left me divided. Although at times you’re transported back to the good ol’ pop punk days I think ‘Future Hearts‘ is more pop than punk. Not necessarily a bad thing, but for fans of their original stuff it’s missing something.
It’s a good effort from the Baltimore boys; but it doesn’t quite hit the spot.