Baltimore-based band All Time Low released their new album "Don't Panic" last month, just one year after their third release, "Dirty Work."
The band, which was originally formed when the members met in junior high school, reached commercial success with their song, "Dear Maria, Count Me In," a track from their first album, "So Wrong, It's Right."
All Time Low released this new album in hopes that it would be more successful than "Dirty Work," which was not as well-received among fans of their past albums. "Don't Panic" contains 12 tracks, three of which have guest vocals. Track 8, titled "Outlines," features Jason Vena from the band Acceptance. The next guest vocalist is Anthony Raneri of Bayside fame on "So Long, Soldier," along with former Hey Monday vocalist and current "The Voice" contestant Cassadee Pope.
One reason why I think that this album will have more commercial success than "Dirty Work" is that "Don't Panic" is written entirely by the band, with only a few exceptions, while all of "Dirty Work" was co-written by various other songwriters. The reason I say this is that a poll in the September issue of Alternative Press Magazine asked the opinions of readers about co-written songs, and the consensus was that 69 percent of readers said that they liked co-written songs less than songs written by the band.
"Don't Panic," in all, is an upbeat anthem of having fun and falling in love. This album is getting back to classic All Time Low, writing style and all. It's more modern and punk-influenced with heavier guitars and more aggressive lyrics, while the band's last album was heavily influenced by the '90s and even some elements from the '80s.
My favorite song on the album is track 11, "Paint Your Wings." The fast-paced song is about being used by someone who you care about and it leads in with my favorite line of the entire album: "When will the princess figure it out? She ain't worth savin'."
A few of my other favorites include All Time Low's first single "The Reckless and the Brave," which was the only song I managed to catch of theirs at this year's Warped Tour, and "For Baltimore," a song paying homage to the band's hometown.
"Don't Panic" picks up where the group's last three albums left off, with nearly every song referencing relationships, alcohol and partying. This album is everything that fans have come to love and expect from All Time Low.
Katelynn Maes is a junior at Layton High School. She enjoys singing, playing guitar, piano and writing. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.