All time Low has been around for a while now. Forming in 2003, the group released their first album in 2005, “The Party Scene,” and followed up with “Put Up or Shut Up,” which is this weeks Throwback Thursday album
Put Up or Shut Up was an EP recorded by the group with 5 of the tracks, “The Party Scene,” “Lullabies,” “Break Out! Break Out!,” and “The Girl’s a Straight-Up Hustler,” being re-recorded from their first album.
All Time Low and this album holds a very special place in my heart as my favorite group from eight grade circa 2008 all the way through high school. I still have it sitting somewhere in my room along with all the others. I was pretty sure at the time my life had been completed when I saw them at Warped Tour in 2011. I had never seen so many bras on one mic stand in my life.
“Coffee Shop Soundtrack”
The first track on the EP really sets the mood for the rest of the album. It’s catchy, and hooks you in from the very beginning with the opening guitar riff. Not to mention it has a pretty hilarious music video that I just re-watched for the first time in probably four years. And it still makes me say “wtf?”
“Break Out! Break Out!”
This track was one of the re-recorded songs from “The Party Scene” The instrumentals vary, Alex’s vocals are highly improved, and all around the re-recorded version is much more polished which is to be expected. this is one of those songs you can sit there and nod your head to in content or scream to loudly in the car. It’s a great song about chasing your dreams and loving every second of it.
“The Girl’s a Straight-Up Hustler”
It starts a bit more mellow than the first two and transitions later and picks back up speed. Though not as a much a fun track that makes you want to dance, it’s still a good jam.
Ohhh Jasey Rae. Easily my favorite song on the album, if not my favorite song of theirs ever. Even now listening to this song for the first time in four-five years I still remember all the words unlike all the other tracks. The vocals in this song are particularly my favorite part, if not slightly heart breaking. There’s an acoustic version also, which gives it a whole different vibe, but sounds just as amazing.
“The Party Scene”
This is the party track of the album. It sets the mood of teenage rebellion and fun and immediately takes you back to the high school days where’d sneak out thinking you were a bad ass, but really just sat outside at your friends house. But it’s fun to pretend, right?
“Running From Lions”
What you think starts off as a cool acoustic track, shifts in to another fun dancey song. It’s another great classic pop-punk song with a catchy hook. What I like best about this song is the ending instrumentals which immediately play over to the next track making them blend seamlessly from one fun to track, to the ballad of the album.
This is my other favorite song on the album. I’m a sucker for ballads. Well…it’s a partial ballad. Still counts, right? It’s definitely the most emotional song, which you can tell in old live performances. It ends the album on a heavy hearted note.
Though it’s not the most loved All Time Low album, and can arguably get a bit generic for the time period in some spots, it’s still a great throwback I forgot I loved so much as a teenager. It’ll definitely take you back a few years and place you right in the middle of a crowded concert festival, sweating your ass off for the love of music.
Review by: Sarah Weaver