I know it has been said before, but if this album doesn’t break All Time Low into the mainstream, I’m not sure what will.
The first thing that comes to mind listening to Dirty Work is that the time that All Time Low and Third Eye Blind spent together really influenced them and it shows on this record.
1. Do You Want Me (Dead?) Awesome starter to the album once again. Probably one of my early favorites on the record. Super catchy, and could definitely see this all over the radio during the summer. Alex sounds better than ever. I can see people getting into this like they did with “Weightless,” perfect tone setter.
2. I Feel Like Dancin’ Everyone already knows about this song. The more I listen to it, the more it’s grown on me. Not technically for the band’s sake, it’s just a fun radio pop song. If any other band had wrote a song like this that is already on the radio, there wouldn’t have been such a backlash, it’s only because it’s ATL.
3. Forget About It Is a good indicator of what’s on the album, pop-rock that isn’t over the top which is what a lot of people complained about with the last record. Still catchy as hell without the glossiness.
4. Guts Has a complete Third Eye Blind to feel it. As soon as the riff comes in that’s the first thing that comes to mind and that’s a general theme I get listening through the album. Lyrically, this song stands out to me on my second listen through the record.
5. Time Bomb The other song that everyone has already heard and was probably the best song for the band to release for Dirty Work. If you liked Time Bomb, I feel like you will be happy with the record because a lot of the songs has the same vibe musically, which in my opinion is great. The band has continually progressed and I feel like they are really starting to find their niche in music.
6. Just The Way I’m Not This is a huge, huge, HUGE, pop song. Gang echoes on the chorus, has a bit of an 80’s rock touch to it which I’m a complete sucker for. I could see this song being a lot of fun seeing live. Definitely another track that could be a hit if it was to make it to radio.
7. Under A Paper Moon Live videos have been floating around of this for a little while, so people have an idea of what to expect. Another huge chorus and Alex shines again vocally, getting a little bit gritter at times. The guitars in the song sound like they will hit hard live. A nice in your face riff which is what I have always loved about this band.
8. Return The Favor Definitely something new for the band. Starts of with some acoustic guitar and goes electric. Lots of harmonies in the background and even some orchestrated elements mixed in there. Kind of reminds me of All Time Low channeling Panic At The Disco. I know that’s a terrible example, but that’s what’s popping into my head right now. The song closes with some piano as well which was a pleasant surprise.
9. No Idea Song starts off with more orchestrated parts following up “Return The Favor.” It’s slow kind of in the vein of “Too Much” just overall a better song in my opinion. Probably the song that has stuck with me the least in my first two listens.
10. Daydream Away The one acoustic song on the album, definitely not your “Remembering Sunday” but it’s something new for the band once again. Kind of an experimental dive into the slower side of radio pop rock.
11. That Girl Really reminds me of Third Eye Blind and their snarky humor in their music. This sounds like it could have been released in the 90’s with the rest of the pop rock boom and it would have fit in perfectly. Another song that I can see being played on the radio later this summer. Feel good vibes all around, even if it’s talking about a cold hearted bitch.
12. Heroes This is the one song I see the AP.net community really liking a lot. This reminds me of So Wrong, It’s Right and the top cuts from the last album. Fast chugging guitar, big choruses led by Alex’s voice and head bobbing drum beats from Rian behind the kit. The guys picked the best song to end the album on a high note. It will leave you wanting warm weather and wanting to start over at “Do You Want Me (Dead?).
Ultimately, I feel like this album is going to take the band to the next level. This may not please the AP.net/Pop punk crowd, but the guys seem to have an idea of what they want to do and where they want to go. You’re either with them, or against them at this point. I don’t see them returning to Put Up or Shut Up anytime soon. What’s wrong with a band trying to push their music to as many people as possible? If it’s as catchy as some of the songs on Dirty Work, I don’t mind at all.