Kids In the Street (Deluxe Version)
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Oklahoma's All-American Rejects play punk-pop with an endless stream of hooks pouring forth, displaying a solid musicianship that turns their snappy tunes into rewarding workouts. Their fourth album features more infectious pop that carves a permanent place in the memory banks. "Someday's Gone" features gorgeous harmonies and a melody with a hint of sadness under its joyous momentum. "Beekeeper's Daughter" throws in a tight rhythmic groove that recalls the FM-radio power of '70s Steve Miller Band ("The Joker"). Singer Tyson Ritter eludes the usual emo-punk clichés with a touch of brawn in his attack, while guitarist Nick Wheeler chugs along like a good soldier, adding color to the alternative pop of "Kids in the Street," the tense atmospherics of "Bleed into Your Mind," and the orchestrated ballad "Affection." The album's deluxe version adds the moody epic "Drown Next to Me" and four demos, including an extended look at "Someday's Gone" and the keyboard-dominated "Do Me Right," which suggests where the band may be taking its sound in the future.
What the hell happened?
Honestly, when I saw they had a new album coming out a month ago, I was excited. I heard the song beekeepers daughter, and that should have been my first sign. I mean it was alright, but shouldn't they have put out a better song to get people more excited? Then I heard kids in the street, and it WAS pretty good. But now after listening to it, I am speechless on just how horrible the album was. I said to myself before listening to it that if there were any songs I didn't like from the beginning, that I wouldn't skip them. I think I just might regret that decision for the rest of my life. If they did not already have a name for themselves, I would never have believed that a record company would have signed them on for an album. Please save YOUR opinion of AAR and don't buy this album.
Kids In the Street
Take nostalgia, the love, the hate, and the rest of Tyson's feelings and you get
The All-American Rejects newest album Kids In the Street.
Kids In the Street is overall a very well put together album with a new sound
different than The Rejects usual sound, and by that I mean trumpets (Beekeeper's
Daughter) and synths (Kids In the Street) but it works for them in an unexpected
way. It sounds like they might be selling out by using things like that in their
music but this album has been in the works for about 3 years and each song is
constructed in such an awe-striking way that you will fall in love with a few
songs on the album on your first listen through, if not every song and, and the
rest in the next couple listens. Every song has it's on uniqueness while still
fitting into the rest of the album as a whole masterpiece. This is by no way the
"Swing, Swing" AAR, or the "Move Along" AAR, or not even the AAR that brought us
all "Gives You Hell", it is all of them mixed together with maturity thrown in
and experience and realism at the end. It is their most mature album to date and
signifies who they are and what they can really do, this is the album that shows
their true sound.
Someday's Gone: A great kick start to the album and is full of emotion and some
odd lyrics, "draw me a story, tell me a picture", that just captivate you. It
has a slight sound of their old days with new influences. 4/5
Beekeeper's Daughter: The first official single for the album and a fun song.
The song talks about a more personal issue Tyson went through and how he
considered himself to be a horrible guy and he let's it out on this song and the
rest of the band gives you beats and riffs you'll be humming and singing along
Fast and Slow: Another fun song that speaks a little to a few different emotions
but is catchy and fun and addicting none the less. 4/5
Heartbeat Slowing Down: After hearing the single Kids In the Street I thought
that would be the dominant track on this album until I heard this and one other
song. This song is straight from the deepest of Tyson's emotions an has a pulse
pounding drum beat and guitar and bass behind him. This song is one of the
defining tracks of this album if not the defining track of the album. 5/5
Walk Over Me: This song talks about a guy who is just having a bad time in life;
horrible ex gf, wanting more pills, and wanting love. It's a fun song and there
is really no other way to describe it other than fun. A stand out track on the
album that will make you need help to stop listening to it if you can bare to be
torn away from it. 5/5
Out the Door: This track is one I have yet to figure out exactly how it makes me
feel. It is a straight forward song about leaving in a sense. The lyrics seem
simple but they will drag you in along with the building musical back drop that
builds and unleashes at the end. 4/5
Kids In the Street: The title track of the album speaks to those moments when we
really could be "kids in the street". Lyrically and musically everyone can
relate to one part or another or may e the whole song. Innocence and the fun
moments of childhood. It is a great song and one that this album will be
Bleed Into Your Mind: Along with Heartbeat Slowing Down, this song tore me away
from the stand out title track. This song talks of lasting in someone's mind or
"bleeding" into their mind to show them you are the one. It is lyrically a great
and beautiful song with very unique percussion (seems a better word than drums
for this song) with a nice appropriate guitar layered in. 5/5
Gonzo: Along with Out the Door I don't know how or why I feel like I feel about
this song but I love it along with all the others. It seems to be an ode to the
future from a past point of future, a song about taking control of your life and
moving into adulthood. 4/5
Affection: I will honestly admit that at first this was my least favorite track
but after a listen or two I grew to love it and it is on the bottom of the songs
but it is lyrically funny about affection. It is nice and soft until it hits the
end of the song their is a big string background with a big finale that is
subliminally in your face and sweet. 3.5/5
I For You: This song the first time I heard it was in a live performance I saw
online by just Tyson and Nick and it brought tears to my eyes. This song is the
"apology" song to everyone according to Tyson. It speaks the deep inner feeling
we all feel when we truly love someone, no one will be as good for you as "I For
You". It is emotional and deep. It is probably one of my all time favorite songs
ever due to the rawness of it and the beauty and elegance it holds. 5/5
Must Buy Songs: Heartbeat Slowing Down, Bleed Into Your Mind, Kids In the
Street, I For You, Walk Over Me
Great Buy Songs: Beekeeper's Daughter, Someday's Gone, Out the Door
Good Songs: Gonzo, Affection
I see a few mixed reviews....I have to say, give it a chance.
It IS different than their other stuff - The guys have said that in interviews -
But I promise, the songs get stuck in your head after you hear them once or twice.
I've been listening to it over and over again since the day the album came out and I LOVE it!
The Rejects have done it yet again!
Great job guys!
They could have put out a predictable "pop" album with catchy beats and meaningless lyrics, but
instead they followed their hearts and put out something they are proud of...something with meaning.
I, for one, am glad they did.
Formed: 2000 in Stillwater, OK
Years Active: '00s, '10s
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