On their fourth album, All Time Low get stranded between bratty snot-rock and witty power pop. Dirty Work — already a Top 10 hit — shows off the band’s ability to weld slick harmonies to jackhammer chords, but it also sounds a little scattered. One minute ATL quote Ella Fitzgerald, the next they reference a more contemporary bard: “I think some dude just grabbed my junk/And now I know how Ke$ha must be feeling,” Alex Gaskarth sings on “I Feel Like Dancin’.” That song was co-penned by Rivers Cuomo, but the party jam here is “Time-Bomb,” a tightly wound anthem that sounds like a real panic at the disco.
Listen to “Time-Bomb”:
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