All Time Low have re-released their album ‘Don’t Panic’, now entitled ‘Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now’, with four new tracks and three acoustic covers, rounding it up to a total of 20 songs.
‘Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now‘ opens up with ‘The Reckless And The Brave’, a song about what the band has already accomplished and a brilliant way to set the scene for the rest of the album.
‘A Love Like War’ dives in as the albums second track, featuring Vic Fuentes from Pierce The Veil. Fuentes’s vocals only enter during the chorus so could the core purpose of this feature be for bands to swap some fans? Don’t get me wrong though, the song is catchy and quite enjoyable. The intro is what takes the band in a slightly new direction sounding like neither All Time Low or Pierce The Veil. This could be the first sign of a new direction for future albums? It is quite a let down that Vic Fuentes’s signature screams weren’t recorded for this track, it would have pushed the song further. Maybe this is a teaser to what the two bands could release in the future.
‘Me Without You (All I Ever Wanted)’ is another new track on the re-release. With impressive drumming from Rian Dawson throughout, the track is a perfect example of a song with upbeat instrumentals with contrasting lyrics “I am only me when I’m without you”. Still a nice, easy listening pop punk song nonetheless.
If you’re looking for Alex Gaskarth to truly show off his impressive vocals, the acoustic songs definitely do it justice. In ‘Baltimore’, ‘Backseat Serenade’, ‘The Reckless And The Brave’ and ‘Somewhere In Neverland’ each song truly shows off Gaskarth’s vocal potential. It would have been nice if these songs were released on an acoustic EP separately. It will be interesting to see what they make of the reaction to the acoustic tracks.
‘Oh Clamity’ is one of the slower songs on the album and the track still has a catchy chorus. It is about the disaster of two people, who were once close, becoming strangers, similar to the idea of their track, ‘Therapy’. Finally, track, ‘Canals’, comes in with a funky drumbeat, which sets the mood to yet another head banger.
The added songs are definitely worth buying the re-release for. Let’s hope All Time Low keep up the excellence they have shown on these new songs and bring the same energy, and more, on their next album.
Reviewer: Shyam Rajdev