Note: this is a review for the extended portion of the album and not the album in its entirety. If I were to score the original album, it would be a 4/5
All Time Low has been on a role lately; after surpassing nearly everyone’s expectations with Don’t Panic, they come back less than a year later to put out one incredible extension with Don’t Panic: It’s longer Now. The new eight songs showcase everything to love about ATL: their voice, their pent-up, fun anger, and their energy.
Whether it be the violin strings, complements of Sean Mackin from Yellowcard, on “Somewhere in Neverland (acoustic)” or the group chants in “Me Without You (All I Ever Wanted)” these songs will keep the heads banging, the air guitars strumming, and the sing alongs coming.
Lead singer Alex Gaskarth has improved by leaps and bounds in seemingly no time as he keeps impressing with his range and passion, especially in “Me Without You (All I Ever Wanted)” where the fervent growls in his voice keep the song earnest.
If you needed more evidence for his nimble voice, the acoustic songs are more than enough to convince. While impressively produced and pleasantly played, it’s the playful laughs, the perfect pitched notes and the keyed harmonies on the acoustic sets that elevate the songs.
And while acoustically All Time Low may be all-stars; they are still true rock stars when it comes to their full set music as well, ones that don’t dwell too much on formulaic music and continue to push boundaries.
For instance, “Canals” kicks off with a funky beat, one not usually in ATL’s repertoire, but they knock it out of the park and let it segue oh-so-seamlessly into yet another banger.
Also, the best song of the album, “A Love Like War” parades impressive harmonies, kick-ass guitar riffs and an insatiably catchy chorus.
Overall, All Time Low have yet again put out a bunch of spectacular songs, and in such short time it’s almost scary to think about what they could do in another year or two.
Musicianship: 8.5/10 Excellent chord progressions, violin accompaniments, and guitar riffs make this a pop-rock fan’s wet dream.
Reviewer’s Tilt: 9.5/10 It’s easy to write ATL off as “Girl-punk” but the people that do miss out on some of the most honest and fun music in the business.