Future HeartsAll Time Low Label: Hopeless Records Released: 04.07.15 Review by Matt Vogel | April 7, 2015 at 5:04 PM
When you think of All Time Low, what comes to mind? Pop punk? Bras? Fans that wonâ€™t stop requesting â€œSticks, Stones, And Technoâ€? If youâ€™re reading this review, probably all three. No matter what you think, the fans always pop up at some pointâ€”and their incredible, dedicated, sometimes crazy love, has been returned in full force. Future Hearts is an album for the fans, pure and simpleâ€”the ultimate declaration of appreciation for listeners new and old.
You can already see the intro â€œSatelliteâ€ opening a live show as the lights go down and the crowd starts to screamâ€”it has that building sense of anticipation and electricity, and a chorus of â€œwe were just kids singingâ€ which will have the walls shaking. And with a â€œ2, 3, 4!â€ and a breakneck beat weâ€™re launched head first into â€œKicking & Screamingâ€, hammered home by a solo that gives kickass a whole new meaning. The lyric â€œSo long and thanks for all the make-believe memoriesâ€ takes one last glance at the past in the rearview mirror while the band races ahead on the road to creating a whole new classic.
Lending their talents to make that happen are pop punk heavyweights Mark Hoppus and Joel Maddenâ€”a surefire delight for fans everywhere. â€œTidal Wavesâ€, which features Hoppus, is an intense ballad that focuses on the harmonies between the two vocalists, reaching out with an echoing cry to tug at your heartstrings. On the other end of the spectrum, â€œBail Me Outâ€ featuring Madden is definitely going to make it onto all of your road trip mixtapes this summer, complete with floating â€œoohsâ€ and sunny riffs to take you high up into that perfect cloudless sky.
It wouldnâ€™t be All Time Low without an acoustic number, and while â€œMissing Youâ€ isnâ€™t quite as tear-inducing as â€œTherapyâ€, its uptempo beat is a smile hiding the sadness in the lyrics. But before you surrender to that vaguely hollow feeling it gives you in your chest, take note of the strong message of hope in every note. Once again theyâ€™re proving to be the cool older brothers you always wish you hadâ€“the class clownsâ€“but there for you when you really need it. This sentiment is echoed throughout such tracks as current single â€œKids In The Darkâ€ and closer â€œOld Scars / Future Heartsâ€, where you can hear the overall theme shining brightâ€”this oneâ€™s for you.
All Time Low had one clear goal in mind with Future Heartsâ€”to make music they love for the people they love. Watching them grow as a band has been an incredible experience, setting the bar higher and higher with every releaseâ€”and with this record theyâ€™ve really outdone themselves, creating a legacy destined to speak from their hearts to all the future hearts out there.
Buy it, stream it, or skip it: Support the scene. Buy it now.