All Time Low, "Nothing Personal"

Album Review
3.5

All Time Low's third full-length album plays like a veritable pop-punk frat party-"Stella" is a bouncy, booze-fueled anthem and "Lost in Stereo" tells a tale of unrequited love. But don't be fooled by the party-boy persona: There's also solid songwriting and plenty of pop charm. "Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don't)" rides arena rock guitars into a blissful chorus, while "Keep the Change, You Filthy Animal" conjures up New Found Glory at its best. Some of the album's brightest moments are when the band ventures outside of its pop-punk bubble, as heard on the ballad "Sick Little Games." But "Nothing Personal" loses steam when All Time Low gets too existential on "Too Much." Overall, the band seems at its finest on this album when it's living large and liquored up.