CD Review: 'Nothing Personal' by All Time Low

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Friday, July 10, 2009


"Nothing Personal"

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The songs on "Nothing Personal" are what pop-punk is all about -- or should be, anyway. The record company execs may want to rethink the publicists' vacation schedules because this third album by All Time Low will likely gain the band plenty of media and popular attention. In fact, Tuesday's release received powerful buzz (including a favorable preview on the MTV Buzzworthy Blog) even before it was available.

The album's 12 tunes are so jaunty and their lyrics about first love, betrayal and parties so angst-filled you can easily imagine them playing in the background of the TV shows "The Hills" or "90210." Expect to hear the high school/college crowd blasting the tunes at top volume as they cruise around town this summer.

That doesn't mean older listeners won't find songs to love here -- they may just roll up the car windows as they blast tunes like "Lost in Stereo," which has an almost impossible-to-get-out-of-your-head chorus.

The songs aren't richly woven musical tapestries that present life from various angles. But if you're looking for summertime fun with hints of the Go-Gos or the Romantics, then step right up and enjoy.

-- Nancy Dunham

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