The All-American Rejects
The All-American Rejects


1.0
awful

Review

by Ian USER (106 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2005 | 50 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Pop-punk in the last few years has become an even more dominated genre then it ever was and is mostly filled with unoriginal bands. My fellow home state chums, The-All American Rejects, are just another one of these bands. Their self-titled debut somehow ended up selling over a million copies on the strength of the single, Swing, Swing. I bought the album mainly because they are from Oklahoma, and I liked the other single The Last Song. What I got in return for my $10 was basically a piece of crap.

Iím not kidding when I say a piece of crap either. The production on this album is fairly weak, and causes front man, and bassist Tyson Ritterís singing voice to sound as nasal as possible. The production also just shoves certain instruments (drums and even guitars at some points) down way too low when they would be a prominent part of a song. Even if I ignored the fact that almost all of the songs are about relationships, I would still consider the lyrics utter trash. One More Sad Song- ďOne boy, one girl. Two hearts, their world. Time goes by, secrets rise. One more sad song, tears shed sheís gone. Sheíd take it back if only she could". As already said, Tysonís singing voice is very bad. Sometimes it would seem that he hadnít even gone through puberty. With pop-punk you would figure that the songs would be catchy and for some that is true, but most of the time you just get another nasally delivered verse on a song when obviously it is supposed to be a chorus. The best vocal performance on the album is obviously The Last Song, which I will get to later. Tysonís voice on that song is smooth and catchy, unlike the rest of the album.

The instrumentation doesnít get much better either. With the use of two guitars you would think more originality would be shown, but all you get is power chords and an occasional solo, that any metal head would want to kill him self if he heard it because it is slow, rather simple, and sounds to attached to the formula of the song it belongs to therefore not sounding original (Your Star). The bass has some lines that you can actually hear, such as on the intro of Your Star; where it has a fun, bouncy bass line, but it is still basically playing the same thing as one of the guitars. On some songs there is the inclusion of a beat box, which I donít really understand the point of as it is just annoying for the most part, especially on the song Time Stands Still where the intro consists of an acoustic guitar and the beat box; only to be worsened by Tysonís singing of ďoh-ooh". The actual drums arenít too good anyways. They are basically mixed all the way down to where you can barely hear them.

The best song on the album is easily the single The Last Song. I really enjoyed the use of strings on this song and the production of the song is actually good. Most of the time Tysonís voice is actually enjoyable and catchy at the same time. The palm muted power chords from the guitars seem fitting for the song in a way. This song is actually over five-minutes long, which starts to make the song grow old quick, but nevertheless; it is still the best song on the whole album. The worst song on here is actually hard to pick because most of the songs could qualify as it, but the first one that comes to mind is Paper Heart. Tysonís voice is incredibly weak on the song and when the chorus comes around Iím left thinking that I could be doing better things other than listening to this such as ramming my head in a wall. The instrumentation of the song is just embarrassing. All of the instruments are mixed way too low and all I hear is a ďcute" piano playing a couple notes that is annoying. The obvious inclusion of the beat box in the middle of the song doesnít help itís case either.

When all is said and done what you can expect of this album is utter repetitiveness. No songs are good save the two singles The Last Song, and Swing, Swing, when really while the first of those is good, the other is average is as average does. With bad production and nothing new to offer anyways, this earns a spot on my null and void album list.



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Storm In A Teacup
December 23rd 2005


13191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Come on people, let's get some comments up in this foo.

Arrakakaka
December 23rd 2005


685 Comments


Ew. I despise these guys and most of the genre. Up to par review, Kripes.

And the only genre I like with a pop on it is indie pop.

Storm In A Teacup
December 23rd 2005


13191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks, I would like to be another in the long line of people to say that your avatar is wicked cool.

Two-Headed Boy
December 23rd 2005


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

sigh... :upset: pop punk. When will they learn THEY ALL SUCK?


excellent review. agreed with every word.

mx
Moderator
December 23rd 2005


733 Comments


Swing, Swing isnt a bad song

Thor
December 23rd 2005


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Thank you. AAR never made anything good.

Hatshepsut
December 23rd 2005


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

good, to the point review. the Last Song is the only good song. the rest of it blows.

morrissey
Moderator
December 23rd 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Good review but I don't think your justifications for rating 0.5 are strong enough. It's just as average an album as an album can get. Not thoroughly bad, just not good either. You may not like the singer's voice, dislike the production etc. but there is no way this is an awful album through and through.

edit: this rating was supposed to be 1.5This Message Edited On 12.23.05

Storm In A Teacup
December 23rd 2005


13191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hmm, taking that into account I believe I might possibly raise the rating of this to 1 or 1.5. It depends on how the ranking of my Hawthorne Heights is changed when I edit that first as it's worse than this.

Edited to match the same score as HH. 1 starThis Message Edited On 12.23.05

Shattered_Future
December 23rd 2005


1541 Comments


Swing, Swing was catchy enough, but rather annoying after it got extremely bastardized on the radio.

Haven't heard anything else. Never desired to.

Storm In A Teacup
December 23rd 2005


13191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I didn't review this to just trash it. I mainly did it as a follow up to my review of their only other album, because I plan on reviewing their entire band discography. I didn't try too hard not to like it either. It's irritating as hell to me. Still thanks for complimenting the actual review anyways.

masada
December 23rd 2005


2733 Comments


The double-spaced paragraphs are irritating.

Storm In A Teacup
December 23rd 2005


13191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That's just how my computer is set to do stuff. I don't see what the huge difference there is whether or not it's double or single spaced. I changed it on the editing thing, but I really don't see what the difference is.

masada
December 23rd 2005


2733 Comments


Flow.

Zebra
Moderator
December 23rd 2005


2647 Comments


I think I may have heard one song by this band, I didn't really remember it.

Good review, but I have a hard time beleiving that this gets one star.

masada
December 23rd 2005


2733 Comments


I think people on Sputnik are too quick to jump to a low/high rating. I'm guilty of this also.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
December 23rd 2005


3996 Comments


This really isn't that bad. Descending chromatic progressions are more interesting and fun than anything Godsmack ever did.

Storm In A Teacup
December 23rd 2005


13191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Me too, but I still think that this deserves the rating I gave it and I'm standing by it.

You can't compare Godsmack to AAR; it's two completely different types of music.This Message Edited On 12.23.05

DFelon204409
Emeritus
December 23rd 2005


3996 Comments


[quote=AV8RS]User Album Rating: 0

sigh... pop punk. When will they learn THEY ALL SUCK?[/quote]

Tell that to ALL, Lagwagon, No Use for a Name, Descedents, Bodyjar, Alkaline Trio, Face to Face, Gatsby's American Dream, The Lawrence Arms, Lifetime, The Weakerthans, and Ozma. They never did anything mean to you but you're bashing them just because you don't like All American Rejects.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
December 23rd 2005


3996 Comments


[quote=Kripes]Me too, but I still think that this deserves the rating I gave it and I'm standing by it.

You can't compare Godsmack to AAR; it's two completely different types of music.
[/quote]

Telling a person who is going to write a thesis comparing jazz, bach chorales, emo, and math metal that Godsmack and All American Rejects can't be compared is just silly.



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