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All Time Low - Wake Up, Sunshine

Last Friday the eighth studio album from the American alternative rock band All Time Low was released. Wake Up, Sunshine, is an album full of upbeat pop rock songs that will stay in your head for days. I find this album to be easy to listen to, and there are no bad songs, I genuinely enjoy listening to all of them. It’s not an album that pushes any boundaries or has a big political motive behind it, but I think it’s an album we all need at the moment. Its upbeat positivity doesn’t get tiring and it’s reminders that everything will be alright are very much appreciated. It’s a very nostalgic feeling album that definitely reminds me of summer and will be playing through mine this year.

As soon as the first single Some Kind Of Disaster was released, I was hooked. It’s a very catchy song, much like the whole album, and it will get stuck in your head for days, but I don’t mind that. It’s a classic pop punk sounding song, that All Time Low know how to do well. This is something that definitely shows on the album.

All Time Low are a band who know what they’re doing, especially eight albums into their career. Yes, they have experimented along the way but Wake Up, Sunshine feels like they are going back to their roots as a band and it definitely works for them. This album was mainly recorded in a house in Palm Springs that the band lived in together while making the record, so to them it must also feel like returning to their roots, and it definitely shows in the music on this album. Technically the band sound really tight and the production is clean and works really well for the sound, the big choruses and hooks draw in the listeners but you find yourself staying for the delicate guitar riffs and nostalgic lyrical content.

I don’t think there’s a song on this album that I don’t like, I really enjoy listening to them all and even the softer cuts like Pretty Venom and January Gloom are some of my favourites alongside Favourite Place, Glitter And Crimson and Summer Daze. I think this album will be really fun to hear live once this pandemic has shifted, and most of the songs sound like they were recorded to play live. I for one will be looking to see where I can see All Time Low when the time comes.

I would recommend giving this album a listen, even if you haven’t heard the band before, the summer-y uplifting feeling is one we all need right now and I applaud All Time Low for continuing to release this album on its original date, unlike a lot of other bands and artists are doing at the moment.

Overall this album is a great album to listen to, the joyous energy the band brings is what we all need and the songs are all really catchy with big choruses to hook us all (as I'm writing this I'm listening to the album again and I can't pick any favourite songs, I am genuinley enjoying it all).

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