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When the World Comes Down (Deluxe Edition)

The All-American Rejects

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Album Review

The All-American Rejects first left behind the charmingly naïve sounds of their debut for 2005's Move Along, an album that paired emo-pop anthems with spit-shine studio polish. Arriving three years later, When the World Comes Down reprises the same formula that made Move Along a success, from the radio-ready tracks to the use of auxiliary instruments. Strings, orchestral flourishes, and a female choir all beef up these 13 songs, which (at their root) are straightforward pop tunes about heartbreak, heartache, and other cheerless conditions of the cardiac organ. The extra instruments aren't always needed, but they do add an extra layer to the band's songwriting, which isn't nearly as intricate as the accompanying arrangements. "Fallin' Apart" experiments with bouncing piano and bowed strings, "The Wind Blows" finds room to house an entire orchestra, and "Another Heart Calls" pairs Tyson Ritter's vocals with the twangy lilt of the Pierces, whose cameo appearance is a bit odd (a folk duo on an emo album?), but still serves as one of the record's truly unique moments. Elsewhere, producer Eric Valentine paints these tunes with coats of gloss, as if to make the group's four-chord progressions sound more interesting than anything by their likeminded peers. Therein lies the Rejects' main obstacle, as they tend to focus on presentation rather than execution. Of course, When the World Comes Down is nothing if not a commercial record, and these potential singles will undoubtedly cement a space on Clear Channel radio. Discerning fans may demand something new from the band's next effort, however, since this is essentially Move Along with a revised track list. [When the World Comes Down was also released in a double-disc deluxe format with additional demos and bonus content.]

Customer Reviews

Minor Heartbreaker

Move Along was an amazing album. It was my favorite album for months. So when AAR (finally) announced their new album, I was, naturally, excited. And when I listened to it... I was kind of dissapointed. The songs on the album aren't BAD, their just OK. There are a couple gems, but mostly all the songs sound similar and aren't much to run to all your friends screaming "THIS IS THE BEST ALBUM EVER!!" It really isn't. It's too bad.

Really Great after a few listens

This is an album that seems to grow on you after several listens. I was a huge fan of their "Move Along" album. Yes I like that one better, but the more I listen to this one, the more I love it. I was really worried after hearing "Mona Lisa", it was very different for them, but really there are so many great songs here, I can overlook a couple. All the songs are superb, and I can honestly say its not that crazy different than "Move Along" just maybe a touch more mature, but there are enough fun AAR songs to keep this playing for a long time. I think some of the negative reviews here are really unwarranted.

Buy it. Listen to it. Love it.

I don't know what everyone else is talking about say this album was decent or under. The beats on this album are great and make me want more. Great vocals, lyrics, riffs and feeling. "I Wanna" starts off with all you hearing is the strong chords to begin the song and then breaks out into a bouncy drum beat. "Gives You Hell" doesn't give you hell but it sure does give you a sweet, fresh beat and an addictive chorus. "Another Heart Calls" starts with The Pierces apperence providing the song with a soothing sounding touch that adds to the harmony. "Real World" has a heavier drum beat which darkens the song, adding the beginning with Tyson's quite a ghostly voice. I could go on and on about how good this album is and others could differ. Buy it and decide yourself. I think you will like it, maybe even more than me. Well done Tyson, Nick, Mike and Chris. Keep the great tracks coming!


Formed: 2000 in Stillwater, OK

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Vocalist/bassist Tyson Ritter and guitarist Nick Wheeler both hail from Stillwater, OK, where the pair first embraced music as an appealing diversion from the ho-hum life of small-town America. Citing such influences as AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Bon Jovi, they formed the emo-pop group All-American Rejects in 2000, while both members were still in high school. Maintaining a full lineup proved to be difficult, however, so Ritter and Wheeler employed drum loops and pre-programmed rhythm tracks during...
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