All Time Low have re-released their album ‘Don’t Panic’, now entitled  ‘Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now’, with four new tracks and three acoustic covers, rounding it up to a total of 20 songs.

Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now‘ opens up with ‘The Reckless And The Brave’, a song about what the band has already accomplished and a brilliant way to set the scene for the rest of the album.

A Love Like War’ dives in as the albums second track, featuring Vic Fuentes from Pierce The Veil. Fuentes’s vocals only enter during the chorus so could the core purpose of this feature be for bands to swap some fans? Don’t get me wrong though, the song is catchy and quite enjoyable. The intro is what takes the band in a slightly new direction sounding like neither All Time Low or Pierce The Veil. This could be the first sign of a new direction for future albums? It is quite a let down that Vic Fuentes’s signature screams weren’t recorded for this track, it would have pushed the song further. Maybe this is a teaser to what the two bands could release in the future.

Me Without You (All I Ever Wanted)’ is another new track on the re-release. With impressive drumming from Rian Dawson throughout, the track is a perfect example of a song with upbeat instrumentals with contrasting lyrics “I am only me when I’m without you”. Still a nice, easy listening pop punk song nonetheless.

If you’re looking for Alex Gaskarth to truly show off his impressive vocals, the acoustic songs definitely do it justice. In ‘Baltimore’, ‘Backseat Serenade’, ‘The Reckless And The Brave’ and ‘Somewhere In Neverland’ each song truly shows off Gaskarth’s vocal potential. It would have been nice if these songs were released on an acoustic EP separately. It will be interesting to see what they make of the reaction to the acoustic tracks.

Oh Clamity’  is one of the slower songs on the album and the track still has a catchy chorus. It is about the disaster of two people, who were once close, becoming strangers, similar to the idea of their track, ‘Therapy’. Finally, track, ‘Canals’, comes in with a funky drumbeat, which sets the mood to yet another head banger.

The added songs are definitely worth buying the re-release for. Let’s hope All Time Low keep up the excellence they have shown on these new songs and bring the same energy, and more, on their next album.

7/10

author: Shyam Rajdev

source: https://www.hitthefloor.com/reviews/review-time-low-dont-panic-longer-now-album/

If Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now sounds like the punch line to a bad dick joke, that’s because it probably is. All Time Low has long been known for its inappropriate sense of humor, as well as their ability to never take things too seriously, though the one thing they’ve always taken seriously is their music.

I’ll be the first to admit that I was turned off by the band’s 2011 release, Dirty Work, but the boys from Baltimore bounced back with an impressive effort in last year’s Don’t Panic. Which made the idea of an extended version all the more intriguing. Armed with four new songs and four acoustic renditions of songs from the original release, All Time Low is back to show fans that they’ve still got plenty of fire.

The album starts out with the familiarly defiant and upbeat “The Reckless and the Brave,” a song about the band’s time on major label Interscope and how Alex Gaskarth “Didn’t fit in / Didn’t hate it / But I didn’t quite relate it to my precious little world.” From there, Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now dives right into the first of the new songs, “A Love Like War.” With its growling guitars and hammering drums, “A Love Like War” has an edgier rock feel more on par with “So Long Soldier” than the majority of Don’t Panic. It also adds Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil to the list of guest spots, his sharp voice playing well off Gaskarth’s deeper one and serving to accentuate rather than overshadow it.

A couple songs later, All Time Low introduces another new track, “Me Without You (All I Ever Needed).” It juxtaposes upbeat melodies with distressing lyrics (“There is ice in place of answers / And a cold that chills the bones / When September came and went without an answer / We were left to Fall for Winter on our own”), and showcases some of Rian Dawson’s most impressive drumming to date.

The final two new songs are “Canals” and “Oh, Calamity!” The first follows the commanding triple threat of “If These Sheets Were States,” “Somewhere In Neverland,” and “So Long Soldier.” It holds its own though with a funky yet sultry melody that stands out in an otherwise straightforward pop-rock album.

“Oh, Calamity!” rounds out the electric portion of Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now and if the album were to stop there, it would be a disappointingly mellow conclusion to an energetic album. But its slower pace and brief acoustic interlude serve as a good segue into the four acoustic songs that close out Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now.

For the final extension of Don’t Panic, All Time Low chose to re-imagine four of the album’s most popular songs: “For Baltimore,” “Somewhere In Neverland,” “The Reckless and the Brave,” and “Backseat Serenade.” “For Baltimore” features wicked harmonies that highlight the sentimentality of the song; overall, it’s one of All Time Low’s more personal tracks, an ode to the hometown they’ll never outgrow.

The most impressive of the four though is undoubtedly “Somewhere In Neverland.” It replaces the original’s playful guitar melodies with sincere and solemn violin, provided by Sean Mackin of Yellowcard. His skillful bowing mirrors the quietly emotional tone in Gaskarth’s voice, creating a nostalgia that’s as painful as it is beautiful.

When you listen to an album enough you often begin to know the order of the songs, it can be a little disconcerting to hear new songs peppered in amongst the older ones. But nitpicking aside, the additions to Don’t Panic are some of the strongest songs All Time Low has ever written. Coupled with the added acoustic versions, the new songs are a solid confirmation of the band’s growth as musicians and songwriters.

author: Becky Kovach & Erik Van Rheenen

source: https://propertyofzack.com/post/63008392815/poz-review-all-time-low-dont-panic-its-longer-now

All Time Low are really working hard to shake off the bad press they received for their last full-length release, ‘Dirty Work’. Not only have they upped their game with new album, ‘Don’t Panic’, but they’ve now extended this release to include some new hits, mellower numbers and some acoustic versions of album favourites. It really proves that All Time Low acknowledge the problem they had with ‘Dirty Work’ and are working hard to win back their fans.

Rather than just tagging some tracks to the end of the record, All Time Low have successfully fitted them into the album itself, as shown by first new track, ‘A Love Like War’. Its fast-paced nature allows it to fit seamlessly into the record with fellow new track, ‘Me Without You (All I Ever Wanted)’. Bringing something new to the table, All Time Low have created a more emotional track in ‘Oh, Calamity!’ which adds a nice change of pace to the record and injects some depth to it, which is a nice change for a band known for their somewhat more immature nature, especially during live performances.

As is expected with extended albums, there are some acoustic versions of popular tracks such as ‘The Reckless And The Brave’ and ‘Somewhere In Neverland’. Whilst these aren’t anything mind-blowing, the inclusion of a violin manages to successfully set them apart from every other pop-punk band who do a few acoustic numbers to melt the hearts of their fan girls.

Overall, All Time Low really have demonstrated that they’re back to their previous form and that any evidence to the contrary was just a minor blip, maybe due to the major label signing. If their next record continues this improvement, then this band could easily recapture the heights of success they were enjoying. Don’t panic, All Time Low are back!

author: Jonathon Barlow

source: https://www.deadpress.co.uk/album-all-time-low-dont-panic-its-longer-now/