All the Way

All the Way

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by Allstar Weekend
     
 
If you were worried that Allstar Weekend's second album might find them changing their super-bright, super-slick emo pop sound into something a little more mature and seasoned, perhaps to match the bandmembers' maturation into voting age, you needn't have. If anything, All the Way is even more cartoon-like and ridiculously clean

Overview

If you were worried that Allstar Weekend's second album might find them changing their super-bright, super-slick emo pop sound into something a little more mature and seasoned, perhaps to match the bandmembers' maturation into voting age, you needn't have. If anything, All the Way is even more cartoon-like and ridiculously clean-sounding. Whipped into shape by more producers than would actually fit into most studio control rooms (practically a different team on every song), the album has a radio-friendly sheen that ropes in the silliest elements (samples from Sesame Street, lots of Auto-Tune, clubby four-on-the-floor beats, super-processed guitars, and the occasional boy band-level rap) from every pop genre and melds them into a record so simple and poppy that it should be sold in vending machines at junior highs around the world. It's got the energy of pop-punk with no chance of any blood being spilled, the emotional indicators of emo (especially on the sappy ballads "Blame It on September" and "Teenage Hearts") without any real emotions expended, and the bop and roll of a variety of "urban" styles without any grit or realism involved. Now if you're a fan of blood, emotion, grit, or realism, you've obviously come to the wrong place, and you shouldn't expect any of that from a trio of guys who seem to have a fondness for Sugar Ray ("When I Get Paid") and a weakness for very silly lyrics ("Sorry..." or "Mr. Wonderful," which contains the wonderfully innocent come-on "We could swim with the dolphins/Go golfing/You could be my wife"), and who basically come off as the second coming of LFO. Not the one people remember fondly, the "other" LFO. Apart from the two ballads, which are far too earnest and string-laden to be believed, the album is basically like slamming one of those longer-than-your-arm pixie sticks and chasing it with a giant jug of Sunny D. Not anything a jaded fan of "real' music will have much time for, but loads of fun for those who like their pop made as silly and frivolous as possible.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0050087156442
catalogNumber:
000528692

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Allstar Weekend   Primary Artist
Richard Dodd   Cello
John Fields   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
John Feldmann   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Ken Chastain   Percussion
John Krovoza   Cello
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Dean Butterworth   Drums
Daphne Chen   Violin
Jonathan Berry   Guitar
Michael Martinez   Drums,Group Member
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Amy Wickman   Viola
Lauren Chipman   Viola
Radu Pieptea   Violin
Kevin Hissink   Guitar
Peter Thorn   Guitar
Nathan Darmody   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Cameron Quiseng   Bass,Group Member
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar
Anthony Melo   Rap
Steve Lu   Conductor,Keyboards
Zach Porter   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

John Fields   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Dan Wilson   Composer
Mike Daly   Composer
John Feldmann   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Ken Chastain   Programming
Enny Joo   Art Direction
Scott Mann   Engineer
James Bourne   Composer
S*A*M   Producer
Erik Ron   Engineer
Marek Pompetzki   Producer
Marty James   Composer
Chad Royce   Engineer
Alfred Tuohey   Composer
Busbee   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Paul Nza   Producer
Grant Michaels   Programming
Brandon Paddock   Engineer
Nathan Darmody   Composer
Zachary Porter   Composer
Chris Fabich   Composer
Tobias Zwiefler   Composer
Cecil Remmler   Producer
Jim Wes   Composer
Ryan Hughes   Pro-Tools
Anthony Melo   Composer
Jayce Levi   Composer
JP Clark   Composer,Vocal Producer
Mimoza Blinsson   Composer
Ben Charles   Composer
Aaron Harmon   Composer
Steve Lu   String Arrangements
Jonathan Rotem   Composer
Martha Rich   Illustrations
Joseph Raposo   Composer
Christopher J. Baran   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Travis Huff   Composer
Clique   Producer

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All the Way 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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