On its seventh album, ‘Last Young Renegade,’ All Time Low embraces a newfound maturity. Although grown up, ‘Renegade’ remains enjoyable.
On Last Young Renegade, emo darlings All Time Low seem to realize youth doesn’t last forever. Last Young Renegade finds the band in reflective mode, embracing newfound maturity. The results are respectable.
“Last Young Renegade”
“Last Young Renegade” commences the effort more subdued than expected – the poise of frontman Gaskarth is surprising. It isn’t until the chorus that All Time Low packs its signature punch. Again, the maturity of the band is surprising. The concept of “Drugs & Candy” is simple: drugs and candy are addictive. Similarly, love and relationships can be characterized the same way. This is expressed superbly on the chorus.
“Dirty Laundry” continues the maturity tour. It’s a tale of imperfection that’s relatable to everyone. Addressed to a girl, the message is adaptable to the multitude.
“Dirty laundry is piling in her room / She’s got secrets, yeah I’ve got mine too / I don’t care about what you did / Only care about what we do / Dirty laundry / Looks good on you.”
The boys let loose more on “Dirty Laundry,” towards the end. “Good Times” fittingly provides the ode to Baltimore. Ultimately, it’s a reflection back to his youth and the good times. The up tempo “Nice2KnoU” follows, reminiscent of the past stylistically. There’s more of an element of fun on this particular record.
“Life of the Party”
It takes six tracks into Last Young Renegade for Alex Gaskarth to utter an f-bomb! “Life of the Party” has more pop sensibilities, but don’t call the gem a sell-out. Intriguingly, Gaskarth seems to question his identity on the chorus, which fits the vibe and overall sentiment of the album. “Nightmares” reminisces back on youthful fears and overcoming such fears. As childish or melodramatic as a lyric like “I fall asleep with my covers pulled up” may seem, those covers are metaphorical.
“Dark Side of Your Room”
The bedroom plays a role once more on “Dark Side of Your Room,” which is adults only in the act they are participating in. Ultimately, it’s encompasses empty sex, though the feeling is satisfying for a season. Tegan and Sara guest on “Ground Control,” an unpredictable collaboration, focused on strengthening and rekindling a relationship. Closer “Afterglow” finds Gaskarth desiring to spend time with her beyond the party. That afterglow certainly involves more than hugs and kisses, but it’s not quite as overt as the “notches in your bedpost” accompanying “Dark Side of Your Room.”
Ultimately, the evaluation of Last Young Renegade depends on the listener. If the All Time Low faithful fan is expecting the band to maintain their full-throttle, youthful sound, they’ll be disappointed. If you’re a fan that has grown up with them and can relate to a more mature sound, you’ll be pleased. All in all, this is an enjoyable, brief effort worthy of spins.
Gems: “Last Young Renegade,” “Dirty Laundry,” “Life of the Party,” and “Nightmares”