The All-American Rejects
When the World Comes Down


3.0
good

Review

by asimplerrevolution USER (1 Reviews)
December 14th, 2008 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


The All-American Rejects became a household name in 2005-2006 for their infectiously catchy singles "Dirty Little Secret", "Move Along," and "It Ends Tonight." Before that, they were semi-known for their equally catchy song, "Swing, Swing."
While nowhere near complicated, The All-American Rejects are, in my humble opinion, a pretty good band, despite the breaks in vocalist Tyson Ritter's voice. His trademark voice-cracks and falsettos are what give AAR some of their charm, and their simple, yet nicely written lyrics.
Their latest single 'Gives You Hell' has been circulating the airwaves for the past three months, giving it a chance to sink into everybody's head. Unfortunately, the song is so simple, cheerful (despite the lyrics), and melodic that it refuses to leave your head. I have no doubt that it's going to become the song directed at ex-boyfriends for 2009, and maybe for years after.

I recently recieved a copy of 'When the World Comes Down', and I'm impressed. Where their self-titled debut was raw, 'Move Along' was more polished and well-done. Where 'Move Along' was a happy-sounding, straight-up pop record, 'When the World Comes Down' is a little less upbeat, a little less goofy...and a little less AAR. There are more folk elements to be found on this CD than pop/punk: finger snapping, clapping, group sing alongs, acoustic ballads. Is that bad? Not at all. AAR differs from album to album, but still retains most of the elements that made them known in the first place.

In other words, they should have called this "The All-American Rejects Part 2", as this sounds a little more like their first CD than 'Move Along' did.

Each CD has its own tone. 'AAR' was a happy-sounding, raw piece of material that focused more on the guitars and electric drums. 'Move Along' was a polished piece of work that people enjoyed, and focused more on piano. 'When the World Comes Down' is a polished album with an emphasis on synthesizer. It's ever-present in most of the songs (especially the bonus track which sounds uncannily like 'Can't Take It' from 'Move Along').

This album's tone is a little darker. "The Real World", while lighthearted, is a little darker than the other tracks that AAR have recorded. It opens up with a distorted guitar, and moves its way into a nice synthesizer riff, but the lyrics...oh, the lyrics. During the verses, you can practically see a gray winter sky with dead trees in a snowy field. Excellent track, and this one stands out among the rest.

There are some downfalls. Like with most pop/punk, the album gets semi-repetitive after the fourth track. There are only so many times you can hear the same five chords played, and while the guitarists' solos are nice, their simplicity has a tendency to get dull. The patented AAR formula can get a little dull after awhile

There are a lot of highlights to this album, 'Gives You Hell' aside. "Fallin' Apart" delves into something that Dexy's Midnight Runners would envy, opening up with drums and a synthesizer violin. Tyson's vocals shine in this angsty anthem, and the solo, while simple, is subtle in its entirety.

"Another Heart Calls" is another highlight, complete with female vocals. This sounds like it would fit on 'Move Along' very well, but it finds its own place here in the middle of the album. I'm not sure who the female vocalist is, but her harmonization with Tyson is wonderful and very, very well-done.

All in all, this album is pretty good. It's not their best ('Move Along' takes that place for me), but it's very enjoyable. 'Gives You Hell' is not the best track, despite what most fourteen year old girls are going to tell you. You should give this album a shot, but don't knock it until you've listened to it the entire way through.

Apologies; this is my first review in awhile. Thanks for reading, but if you don't like AAR, then please...don't waste your time posting comments about how much you hate them. It wastes the time of those who actually do enjoy them. And all of you who plan on getting in arguments over who's better, what's better...take it somewhere else, or say it to each other's faces. It's the easiest thing in the world to call someone a fag online, but you look stupid when you do it.

Anyway, peace, and thanks for reading.
GM1 Carthay, PO USN


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Rudy K. STAFF (2.5)
More of the same....

Adam Knott EMERITUS (3)
This album is a grower, and has some real gems of power-pop, but it’s just not going to have the s...


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porkchop182
December 14th 2008


151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I honestly had not heard of these guys before the other day when I heard "Give you hell".
It is a pretty catchy song, I might check out this album.

Nice review btw.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2008


15743 Comments


you must be 9 years old

evilmegaman
December 15th 2008


174 Comments


singer sounds like a less irritating but still grating version of gerard way...

Idk how well any of this stuff would work live what with all the piano and such

krizjoker
December 16th 2008


3 Comments


nice review dude

asimplerrevolution
December 19th 2008


2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the feedback.

chriskobes
December 19th 2008


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

the way tyson sings his songs, with that crazy note he hits where his his voice cuts out is awesome, i dont see the same talent in fallout boys singing. plus you can relate to aar's songs much more.

Knott-
Emeritus
December 19th 2008


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you really cant be serious rating this a classic..

LiveForMusic
December 20th 2008


64 Comments


I really liked Move Along, but I really wasn't impressed with "Gives you hell". Is the rest of the cd better then "Gives you hell"?

Pigmi
February 4th 2009


50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

By no means is it a classic but worthy of a 3-3.5 imo, and yes the rest of the cd is better than that.. maybe with the exception of "Damn Girl"

xThisFireBurnsx
February 11th 2009


31 Comments


this is a good cd...i like it

switchtofakie
March 5th 2009


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not bad... but i liked move along better just because it was more punky.This Message Edited On 03.05.09

realrock34
September 26th 2009


25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I really disliked this CD at first. I love AAR, but this was just a bad CD. The only songs I like are "Another Heart Calls", "The Wind Blows", and the bonus track "Sunshine". "Gives You Hell" is also good. As for everything else, this CD is terrible, especially "Fallin' Apart". It sounds like something that should be in High School Musical with it's lame drum beat and stupid violin. Tyson even SOUNDS like Zac Efron in it. Give their couple good songs a chance and ignore the rest.

fromtheinside
November 12th 2009


19029 Comments


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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 13th 2010


15070 Comments


'gives you hell' is actually among the catchiest songs ever.

qwe3
June 13th 2010


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah but its not even the best on the album

AnotherBrick
June 13th 2010


9772 Comments


move along is the only song i've ever liked by these guys

qwe3
June 13th 2010


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well then listen to another heart calls, it's better

AnotherBrick
June 13th 2010


9772 Comments


deal

sniper
June 20th 2010


19080 Comments


wake up every evenin

with a smile on mahh faaace

and it never feels outta place

firedrum71
August 5th 2010


21 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

These guys still haven't found their own identity yet. They still sound too much like Green Day, Blink 182, and all the other pop punk bands.



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