Reviews have been singing praise of All Time Low’s newfound maturity on Dirty Work—although nothing less can be expected with the transition from small stage supporting acts to sold-out, continent crossing superstars. The new record is easily more matured, the quartet having come a long way since their high-school Blink 182 -esque roots.
Many disgruntled fans call the band “sellouts,” upset for some reason All Time Low is gaining the recognition it deserves and saying “It’s not the same All Time Low I used to love!” Teenage girls are such a touchy fan base. Lyrically and technically, the band has evolved into a seasoned group of musicians, unrivaled in originality. The sophisticated lyricism in tracks like ‘Heroes’ and ‘Under a Paper Moon,’ may cease some of the sing along value for a large number of younger fans, rendering ‘convoluted disillusion’ meaningless and confusing, although it is refreshing for catchy songs to actually have substance.
Dirty Work is not solely an accumulation of grown up, complicated verses because of the handful of upbeat, catchy tunes sure to appease the teenage fans looking to dance. Tracks like ‘That Girl,’ ‘Bad Enough for You,’ ‘Just The Way I’m Not,’ and ‘I Feel Like Dancin’ are appealing to fans looking for sing-along, booty-bumping tunes. Containing ingenious choruses and sing-along worthy taglines, the selection satisfies the fun requirement of an All Time Low record.
Synonymous to ‘All Time Low ballad’ is ‘Remembering Sunday.’ A new track brings the heartfelt, longing pangs to the record—’A Daydream Away.’ Surely to become a crowd favorite, the image of frontman Alex Gaskarth strumming an acoustic guitar and belting the melodies with the lights dimmed is almost inevitable. Just another reason for girls to swoon and wish they were ‘That Girl.’
A nod to their pop-punk roots, sounding a bit like something Blink 182 would produce is ‘Heroes,’ with eccentric and perfectly played drumming. Seemingly another attribution is the titling of ‘My Only One,’ reminiscent of Yellowcard’s (Dirty Work tour mates) ‘Only One.’ The harmonizing and melodies of Dirty Work seem to be under-appreciated, but should be praised at the forefront.
With possible allusions to other inspirations, ‘Just The Way I’m Not’ seems like Bruno Mars’ untold story. What happens when the girl you love just the way she is doesn’t love you back? All Time Low tells you.
A solid record, packed with songs all destined for gold is a brilliant addition to All Time Low’s repertoire. Dirty Work was destined and deserving of their iTunes number one spot. The reaction from the quartet only made Dirty Work more qualified—humble and thankful, each of the band members took to Twitter to express their gratitude, showcasing the stand-up qualities of All Time Low. It is clearly evident the band cares about their fans, and is truly doing something they love.