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All American Rejects
All-American Rejects- When The World Comes Down

Alt-rockers evolve on new effort
AAR Name: "When The World Comes Down "
Label: Interscope
Release Date: November 11, 2008
My rating: 4.7/5

Review written by: Amy Walker
After releasing a CD in 2005 and touring extensively, The All-American Rejects slowed things down a bit, taking a break from touring. Fans were eager to see what was next, but the wait was longer than anticipated. Now, nearly four years later, The All-American Rejects are back with a new touring schedule to support their new album, When The World Comes Down. This album was written from one side of the country to another, and the process hasn't been an easy one, but all their hard work paid off and they are very happy with the outcome of this new record.

The album opens with "I Wanna." It's a good song to start off with. It's upbeat, and there's a lot of repitition in the lyrics. For example, the line "I wanna I wanna I wanna touch you. You wanna touch me too" is repeated numerous times during the song. While that may not necessarily be a good thing to some people, it definitely attracts the attention of the listener, like it did to me, and makes you want to keep listening.

The next song on the CD is "Fallin' Apart." This song has a completely different vibe from "I Wanna." The first thing I noticed was the use of strings. Though lyrically, the song is a bit sad, you wouldn't be able to tell unless you focused on just the lyrics, which for me was difficult at first because the music is so catchy.

"Damn Girl," like "Fallin' Apart," has to do with the failing relationship between a girl and a guy. It sounds so different from the first two songs, yet it still has the ability to catch the listener's attention.

The first single from this album is "Gives You Hell." It's a fun song that I think has the ability to make someone feel better after ending a relationship. Comparing it to past singles like "Dirty Little Secret" and "Move Along" it definitely is understandable that they chose this song as their single.

They slow it down a little bit with "Mona Lisa (When The World Comes Down)." While this song sounds nothing like "Gives You Hell," I could easily see it becoming another single, kind of like "It Ends Tonight" on their previous album. That song was slower and didn't sound like "Dirty Little Secret" or "Move Along," yet it got plenty of radio time. I see this song doing the same.

"Breakin'" is another song about broken hearts and failed relationships and while it's a good song, it didn't hold my attention like the others did. Like the first song, they use repeated words to grab some attention, and those spots ("you take take everything that wasn't even yours. wait wait you don't got a hold of me anymore") were my favorite parts of the song. It's a good song, just not my favorite.

The first duet The All-American Rejects have done is the song "Another Heart Calls," which features the vocals of The Pierces who are two sisters from Alabama. It starts out as a slower song but as the song progresses, it picks up it's pace. The Pierces were an excellent choice for a duet. Their vocals along with Tyson's are absolutely amazing.

"Real World" began with a sound that almost had me wondering if I changed the song to a different artist. Then when the vocals began, I was sure it wasn't The All-American Rejects that I was playing. It sounded so different from the rest of the album, and their previous records, but once it came to the chorus, I was reassured that it was in fact The All-American Rejects. The different sound of the song made me really like it. So many bands release albums where all the songs sound so much alike, but this isn't the case.

After "Real World" comes "Believe." It starts abruptly with just Tyson singing "I don't ever wanna believe," where the instruments then follow. It's a very catchy, upbeat song, that later, during the last chorus goes from upbeat to soft and quiet, but soon goes back to the fast song it was.

The final track is called "The Wind Blows." It's a pretty song and it also shows the different range in Tyson's vocals. There are some spots in the chorus that are higher pitched and he hits them perfectly. I believe that this was an excellent song to end the album with.

Overall, this new album was very well done. Expectations were high as there had been so much time between records, but I believe this met those expectations. Musically, The All-American Rejects have matured. This album is a great way to end 2008. It's a must have for any fans, and if "Move Along" wasn't a favorite, this one definitely deserves a chance.

Cristina CarrazzaAmy Walker is a staff writer with the Midwest region at Musiqtone.com. You can contact her at amywalker@musiqtone.com or fill out this feedback form below.
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