Future Hearts is the sixth studio album by American pop punk band All Time Low, released April 3, 2015 by Hopeless Records as the follow-up to Don't Panic(2012). The first single, "Something's Gotta Give" premiered on BBC Radio 1 on January 12, 2015. Every physical copy contains five of twenty collectible "polaroids". Deluxe editions of Future Hearts feature bonus songs, expanded artwork and an alternate cover.
Future Hearts debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 75,000 copies in its first week, becoming the band's highest charting and biggest selling week so far.It also debuted at No. 1 in the UK and in the top 10 in Australia and New Zealand album charts. It has received generally positive reviews from critics, who generally praised the new musical direction but criticised the lack of cohesiveness.
Background and recording Edit
A February 2015 co-headlining UK tour with You Me at Six was previously announced, and All Time Low sold out a headline a show at Wembley Arena in March as well as appearing at the Soundwave music festival in Australia.
The band entered the studio on September 26, 2014 with producer John Feldmann.
All Time Low recruited Mark Hoppus and Joel Madden as guest artists.
The song "Something's Gotta Give" was released as the album's lead single on January 12, 2015 and a music video shortly followed. Maria Sherman of Fuse positively compared it to Yellowcard, stating "the track recalls Yellowcard's cinematic songwriting, bridges with gang vocals, technical guitar breakdowns—huge rock and roll stuff!", and acknowledged the "classic All Time Low self-deprecating lyricism". It debuted at No. 84 on the UK Singles Chart and at No. 2 on the UK Rock Chart. It also debuted at No. 14 on US Hot Rock Songs and No. 21 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
On February 26, 2015, it was announced that "Kids in the Dark" would be released as a second single on March 10, 2015. That same day, a 30-second preview was leaked on Amazon (soon removed). However, it was later confirmed that the song would be released Monday, March 9 via All Time Low's Twitter. The music video came one day after the song was released.
Other songs Edit
On March 23, 2015 the song "Runaways" was released by the band on MTV online. "Tidal Waves" was released through Fuse a day before the iTunes release. The album was made available for streaming early on iTunes Radio in Australia and the United States.
From April 2 through April 7 2015, the band embarked on a short tour of record stores, performing a few songs and signing for fans. From April 15 through May 29 2015, the band embarked on their largest headlining US tour with support from State Champs, Tonight Aliveand Issues (band). In summer of 2015, they played several festivals including Reading & Leeds. In September, they visited South America and Canada. On October 9, they will embark on the Back To The Future Hearts Tour with Sleeping with Sirens and support from Neck Deep and One Ok Rock (only on the tour through November 13). They will then bring the tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland starting February 10, 2016, with supporting acts Good Charlotte and Against The Current.
The album was released on April 3, 2015 through Hopeless Records.
Critical reception Edit
|Alter the Press!||5/5|
|Rolling Stone Australia|||
The album holds a Metacritic score of 74, based on seven reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". On a highly positive analysis, Thomas Nassiff of Absolutepunk.net stated that "All Time Low has accomplished something more rare than a No. 1 single or a platinum album with Future Hearts -- they've reached one of the most unreachable points for a band from their corner of the world, a point of true lasting value." Writing for Exclaim!, Branan Ranjanathan highlighted the "unashamedly formulaic nature" of the record, further explaining that "there are brief moments where the band let loose, and their ability to write far punchier songs becomes apparent, but many tracks on this album — especially towards the second half — are overproduced to the point that even the highlights are overshadowed." The album was ranked at number 3 in Alternative Press's "10 Essential Records of 2015" list. Mackenzie Hall of Alternative Press wrote the band "spoke of wanting to return to their roots and they certainly delivered on this catchy-as-hell-pop-punk masterpiece."
The album was included at number 7 on Rock Sound's top 50 releases of 2015 list.
Commercial performance Edit
Future Hearts debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 80,000 total copies in its first week, becoming the band's highest charting and biggest selling week so far.However, with 75,000 traditional album sales, it was the top selling "pure" album that week. Despite the number 1 Billboard 200 album—Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack—only selling 58,000 traditional album that week, the 464,000 sales of its single "See You Again" counted towards its 111,000 album consumption units for the chart's revamped metrics. Future Hearts became the band's third number 1 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart, and also number 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart with 5000 units. In its second week, it dropped to number 34 on the Billboard 200 and number 22 on Top Album Sales.
Future Hearts debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart on April 12, 2015 with over 19,400 first week sales, becoming All Time Low's first ever UK number 1. The album also debuted at number 4 on the Australian Albums Chart and number 7 on the New Zealand Albums Chart.
Track listing Edit
Writing credits per ASCAP and BMI.
|2.||"Kicking & Screaming"||
|3.||"Something's Gotta Give"||
|4.||"Kids in the Dark"||
|8.||"Tidal Waves" (featuring Mark Hoppus)||
|9.||"Don't You Go"||
|10.||"Bail Me Out" (featuring Joel Madden)||
|11.||"Dancing with a Wolf"||
|12.||"The Edge of Tonight"||
|13.||"Old Scars / Future Hearts"||
|Deluxe edition bonus tracks|
|14.||"Bottle and a Beat"||
|16.||"Cinderblock Garden" (acoustic)||
|Best Buy, HMV and Suburban Records edition bonus tracks|
|14.||"How the Story Ends"||
|15.||"Something's Gotta Give" (acoustic)||
- All Time Low
- Alex Gaskarth - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Jack Barakat - lead guitar, backing vocals
- Zack Merrick - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Rian Dawson - drums, percussion
- John Feldmann - production
- Neal Avron - mixing
- Chris Lord-Alge - mixing
- Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC - mastering
- Additional personnel
- Mark Hoppus - vocals on "Tidal Waves"