Close your eyes. Now, mentally pop in that old Backstreet Boys CD. Let’s mix in a little bit of N’Sync while we are at it. Now add some All American rejects topped off with a few power chords. Tada! You now have All Time Low! Yes, this would qualify as a winning dish on Hells Kitchen for sure.
This foursome dressed in ties and jackets on their website might as well contact Disney and Nickleodeon now as the next big thing to Big Time Rush and Hannah Montana. From the first song, it is evident these guys do not believe in the solo or even a memorable riff. It is singing and probably a bit of dancing (no doubt during the recording of the second song I Feel Like Dancin’) in the recording studio along with the G, C, and A chords coming from their First Act guitars. Even though the lead singer actually says the word ‘bullshit” in the opening track Do You want Me (Dead), it doesn’t qualify them as edgy or earn them any points for rock band status.
Trying to figure out exactly WHO these guys want to be is difficult. Listening to the beginning of Just the way I’m Not, I hear the same opening as Bon Jovi’s Lay Your Hands On Me. Some guitar with effects, some “hey’s”, then some cheesy vocals.
The problem is the songs do not follow a pattern. They skip around enough where you cant grasp on to a melody. Too many effects, too much screaming, and not enough work on making a hit people besides tweens and screaming girls would enjoy.
Welcome the boy band back to 2011. This time they have guitars. Look out, those power chords can be dangerous. Not to mention those pointy ties