Album Review: All Time Low – So Wrong, It’s Right
So Wrong, It’s Right is the second studio by Maryland rockers, All Time Low. The four piece named their band after one of the lyrics in New Found Glory’s famous hit Head On Collision. All Time Low broke out into the music scene in 2005 with their debut, The Party Scene. So Wrong It’s Right was the album where the band gained success and this particular album would become one of the best pop punk albums of 2007.
So Wrong It’s Right begins with This Is How We Do which consists of a ferocious guitar riff and thumping drum beat. The track is a fantastic opener because it gets the listener to jump up off their feet with its energetic and fast paced riffs. Let It Roll has gliding octaves which accompanied by notes played by the second guitar, places the listener right in sunny California. Let It Roll is about the band establishing themselves in 2007 with the lyrics “Take, take a breath/We’ve got all the time in the world/To get a grip on the fact that we don’t last/But right now I wanna watch the tide roll in/With my best friends.” It shows how blessed the band are with their friends and fans around them which is understandable as they worked hard to get where they were at that time.
Six Feet Under The Stars is the lead single from So Wrong It’s Right. This song is probably one of the most recognised songs from All Time Low. The track is based around relationships – “We’ll hit South Broadway in a matter of minutes/And like a bad movie I’ll drop a line/Fall in the grave, I’ve been digging myself/But there’s room for two, six feet under the stars.” The clever play on lyrics show how All Time Low makes the listener re-live their teenage years. Holly (Would You Turn Me On?) already explains what this song is all about in the track title. What’s notable in this song and the majority of tracks in So Wrong It’s Right is that every single track has a fantastic hook to it which makes you acknowledge why this was such a defining pop punk album.
The Beach is based on vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex Gaskarth’s experiences at the beach and the memories from that time with the lyrics “It was the very first time that I lost my mind for a week/They can make, make, make me forget the weather/If we’ll never, never, never wash the sand from my feet/It was the very last time that we said goodbye to the beach.” The chorus is as affectionate as anything and gets the listener involuntary singing along every time. Dear Maria, Count Me In is probably the most recognised song from All Time Low’s entire discography as this is the song that propelled them to success. The song has excellent dynamics and packs a punch.
Remembering Sunday is where Alex Gaskarth sings about somebody being infatuated with a woman “I don’t mean to be a bother/But have you seen this girl?/She’s been running through my dreams/And it’s driving me crazy, it seems/I’m gonna ask her to marry me.” But the woman he’s in love with seems to neglect the topic of love as lyrics suggest “And even though she doesn’t believe in love/He’s determined to call her bluff/Who could deny these butterflies?/They’re filling his gut.” Remembering Sunday wonderfully tells the story between two people with guest singer Juliet Simms from Automatic Loveletter contributing co-vocals.
So Wrong, It’s Right is a brilliant album and probably the finest album in the band’s repertoire as every song is spot on. The way the songs are arranged and have the roots of bands such as New Found Glory and Blink 182 buried underneath makes this a great sing-along album. By taking inspiration from their biggest role models Blink 182, All Time Low harnessed the pop-punk sound into their own music and made it their own. With the release of this album, All Time Low had finally established themselves in the pop punk genre which made them a sensation in 2007.