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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: The All-American Rejects / Audio CD released 2005-07-11 at Polydor Group

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      05.12.2011 22:29
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      Good but not great

      All American Rejects are a band that formed around the turn of the century while still at school. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2003 and sold over a million in their native US. In the UK it just about scraped into the top 50 although the bands biggest UK hit to date, 'Swing, Swing' was from this album charting at number 13.

      This, AAR's Second album, was released in the summer of 2005 and is he only release of the band's that I own. Three big hits in the US helped the album to sell in excess of 2 million although the UK's response was tepid at best. The album peaked at number 45 only after the first two singles had gained reasonably heavy rotation on TV stations such as Kerrang as radio largely ignored the tracks.

      Things kick off with first single 'Dirty Little Secret' and it's an immediately catchy tune. It's about wanting to keep a relationship secret although the reasons are not made clear. The video featured a number of the band's fans holding up pieces of paper with their secrets written onto them. I'm assuming that they were real fans but I would not have shown my face next to some of the confessions amongst them for the world to see! Pop-rock at it's best and a good, strong start to the album.

      'Stab My Back' is the tale of a guy who has been left by his girlfriend and now she's with someone else. The guy is thinking of her and wondering if she is happy and again it's a melodic sing-a-long track.

      Up next is the title track and second single 'Move Along' and although it wasn't the band's biggest hit it is probably their best known song. The message is simply to keep going when things go wrong and this is demonstrated in the promo video which features singer Tyson Ritter in a series of different situations of difficulty. It's a feel good tune and probably should have been a bigger hit in the UK.

      'It End's Tonight' was the final singe from the album and it's a power ballad that sounds as though it should be on a soppy teen drama! In truth, it's not my favourite kind of song and just doesn't do it for me. Pianos and strings make an appearance and it's apparently about a former roommate of the singer and how this roommate's depression made it very hard for them to form any kind of relationship.

      The tempo increases again with 'Change Your Mind' and the theme of keeping going or things aren't as bad as you think continues.

      'Night Drive' sounds like pure filler to me. It's about wanting to get a away from a person or situation but lyrically it's a poor effort and the song fails to flow very well at all.

      '11:11PM' is a return to form with a melodic, rapid tune and the story seems to be of continually putting off or denying problems within a relationship until it's too late and the chances of putting things right have gone.

      'Dance Inside' is concerned with shall we say more intimate actions?! This is a family site after all! The vocals start in a falsetto but as the song moves on the tempo increases and it morphs into the usual AAR catchy style.

      'Top of the World' is yet another melodic pop-rock song that seems to be pointing at those in power and a message of if you're at the top then you have further to fall.

      The metaphor in 'Straitjacket Feeling' is obvious but the song is another ballad and I feel the band should stay clear from this kind of track. When they attempt a slower song it comes across as whiny and are often painful to listen to.

      'I'm Waiting' is another good, uptempo song and the album proper finishes with 'Can't Take It'. Although this is another slower song, it's the best ballad on the album. Plenty of strings and pianos actually create a much better tune.

      At this point the album is supposed to finish. However, there are 2 'bonus' tracks. Can you buy an album without bonus tracks these days?! The first of these is an acoustic version of 'Night Drive' and as previously stated I'm not a fan of the real version and the change of style doesn't improve it. Finally, 'Eyelash Wishes' is about lying awake trying to make a decision'

      Overall, this is a pretty good album and as a general rule, the faster songs are good listens and the slower songs are not. The general theme is one of moving on and not getting bogged down by situations and sometimes this wears a bit thin as the subject never really deviates from this. It's difficult to hate anything on here but at times it can be a bit middle of the road and as a consequence it's difficult to love it either. 'Move Along' is a good record but by no means a great one



      *This review is my own although I may post it elsewhere.

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      22.10.2009 13:48
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      Move Along was the indie rock and punk band The All American Rejects 2nd album and was released in 2005, this album done quite well in the charts at the time and has had some quite popular single releases from it, including Dirty Little Secret and the Move Along the track.

      You can buy Move Along in most good music shops for around £10, online on Amazon for £4.98, or even listen to it for free on Spotify if you have an account, (for more information on Spotify see my Spotify review).

      1 Dirty Little Secret
      2 Stab My Back
      3 Move Along
      4 It Ends Tonight
      5 Change Your Mind
      6 Night Drive
      7 11:11 PM
      8 Dance Inside
      9 Top Of The World
      10 Straightjacket Feeling
      11 I'm Waiting
      12 Can't Take It
      13 Night Drive
      14 Eyelash Wishes

      Favourite Tracks
      Dirty Little Secret
      This is about having a secret lover you dont want anyone to find out about, its a really cool song and done quite well in the charts when it was released, this song has a really punky feeling to it and is well worth a listen.

      Move Along
      This song was also released off the album and is about keeping strong and moving along from a situation, its got a really cool beat to it and is a really great song on the album.

      Night Drive
      This song about going for a drive at night to escape and make yourself feel better, this song is really fun and has alot of attitude to it, this is my favourite song on the album and is worth a listen to.

      This album is full of great tracks, however I dont really like the song 'It Ends Tonight', I think that it is a bit slow and find myself just skipping it when I am listening to this album.

      Overall this is a really great album and is was well worth the money spent on it, its got loads of great tracks on it and if you are a fan of the band or like similar artists such as Fallout Boy this album is a must have.

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      17.08.2009 16:53
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      Buy their debut first!

      The All American Rejects - Move Along (2005)

      Producer: Howard Benson

      Dirty Little Secret
      Stab My Back
      Move Along
      It Ends Tonight
      Change Your Mind
      Night Drive
      11:11pm
      Dance Inside
      Top of the World
      Straitjacket Feeling
      I'm Waiting
      Can't Take It

      Released in 2005, Move Along is the second studio album by The All American Rejects. As I said in my review of their debut album, The All American Rejects will not be tearing down the boundaries of popular music and they are not going to be hailed as the most original act of the new millennium. While Move Along is not an improvement on their debut record (it's actually worse), it is noticeably more diverse and incorporates more musical styles.

      Although I don't actually like the opening song, Dirty Little Secret, I have to at the very least admire this first single from Move Along. I mean 10/10 for effort lads, from the sharp guitar work of the introduction all they way to the epic chorus they are doing their best to deliver on all fronts. The downside, of course, is that The All American Rejects quite regularly come across as saccharine and insincere in their rebellious attitude. So, in all honesty, I couldn't care less when Tyson Ritter yells, "When we live such fragile lives, it's the best way to survive, I go around a time or two, just to waste my time with you!" Maybe it'll be to your liking though?

      However, I do have a soft spot for the second single released from the album, the title-track Move Along. I just love the rolling drums of the introduction and the spinning bass pulses, right before the pleasing guitar riff is brought to the front. So far so good, and to top it all off you have the dizzying personality of the chorus, "Speak to me! All you've got to do is keep strong. Move along; move along like I know ya do! And even when your hope is gone, move along; move along just to make it through!"

      I'm not a big fan of It Ends Tonight. Rather than being a direct rocker, it is more of a ballad. The problem is that the band do not change their musicianship one iota to accommodate this change in style, so while there is a string section in there somewhere, it is buried underneath a shed load of rock guitars, which are mastered way too loud for my liking. This is most unfortunate as I am actually rather liking the lyrics.

      But what adds insult to injury is the trilogy of songs which follow, Change Your Mind, Night Drive and 11:11pm, all of which have little-to-no redeeming features. Change Your Mind starts off well enough, with a fine arrangement, but soon enough descends into an abyss of irredeemable self-hating torment. As for Night Drive and 11:11pm, the less said about them the better.

      Dance Inside is a relative highlight of the second side of Move Along. It stands out, because for once the band doesn't insist on forcing an innumerable amount of crackling electric guitars down your throat at an ear-splitting volume, but rather it takes the time to develop a genuinely decent melody with resourceful use of both guitar arpeggio and the keyboard. It's very nice indeed.

      Likewise, Straitjacket Feeling is also a success because it utilises gentle instrumentation instead of trying to ram its point home with ferocity. And for probably the first time on Move Along the string-section truly shines and Ritter gives one of his best vocal performances, "Yesterday was hell, but today I'm fine without you." It is the last great moment on the album.

      The album doesn't close with so much as a bang, but rather an overwrought whimper, with the dire Can't Take It. The fake, strained, repulsive string section and Ritter's hopeless vocal performance are but two of the reasons why I shall not be playing this track again any time soon. I think the best way to describe it is as a complete disaster.

      There are versions of this album with a couple of bonus tracks, but I have no intention of listening to them or seeking them out. Move Along is a disappointment at the best of times, but it at least shows a welcome amount of variety from The All American Rejects.

      5.5/10

      Daniel Kemp

      Read more reviews at www.danielkempreviews.co.uk

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        17.01.2009 20:00
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        Some fantastic tracks, not everyone's cup of tea, but still brilliant.

        As I don't have as much time, I think this review is half the length that my music reviews are usually are. This is because I hardly have any time at the moment, so I hope you understand. There should still be enough information here to help you make a purchase decision.

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        Who are All American Rejects?
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        Formed by Tyler Ritter and Nick Wheeler, they have released 3 albums so far, their first album as in 2002 and named after the band, and the album I am reviewing now came out in 2005 and then finally their most recent album came out in 2008. I will be calling the band AAR instead of All American Rejects throughout the review as it's just easier to use, so I hope you don't get too confused.

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        Track 1: Dirty Little Secret- 9/10
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        Starting off with a very punk rockish sound guitar beat, Tyler's voice joins in. For me this was my favourite song for a long time, it's so catchy and such a great not too heavy track to listen too.

        For my Tyler's vocals in this track are just brilliant, the lyrics are amazing as well, every time I hear the track I found myself singing along singing the chorus at the top of my voice.

        Overall the track is very catchy and such a joy to listen too. It's not too heavy, it falls under the soft rock category, and you can still make great use of your speakers with this track, especially within the chorus. A great track which really shows off Tyler's vocals brilliantly.

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        Track 2: Stab My Back- 7/10
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        This is a very nice track from the AAR, probably one of their slowest songs and weakest songs on the album, but as always Tyler's voice is brilliant and all of the instrumentals work brilliantly together, I enjoy this track immensely, however it doesn't seem to work as some of the other songs on the album.

        Overall a nice track and it fits brilliantly within the album, but I don't think people will adore it as much as the previous track and the ones to come which are brilliant.

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        Track 3: Move Along- 10/10
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        The title song of the album and the reason I brought the album in the first place. It starts off with an amazing drum beat which I actually learnt to play a few years ago, don't know if I could still do it now, but this remains throughout the song and it just sounds brilliant.

        This is one of the their best tracks by a lot, the instrumentals are my favourite in the track, but Tyler's voice is just as brilliant, I think the lyrics in this track are as amazing as everything else.

        For me this song is the epitome of what AAR's are all about, it's rockish music, however it is still liked by Pop fans. It never finds itself into one genre, and they try out different things that just seem to fit together brilliantly each track. So far the best track on the album.

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        Track 4: It Ends Tonight- 10/10
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        After listening to Move Along, I ignored this track for a long time. It starts off with a slow piano beat being played and then Tyler's voice joins in. For me this is the best song that shows of his voice, it is truly amazing and with the gorgeous lyrics you can't help but listen it's fantastic.

        The song itself is just beautiful, like I was saying within the previous track, everything fits together and this song is very slow and very moving, but it manages not too be too poppy, but it is more ballady than a lot of their tracks.

        A fantastic track that you really should check out, I overlooked it for a few listens but now it's one of the only tracks off this album that remains on my IPod.

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        Track 5: Change Your Mind- 8/10
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        Not one of the best, but still brilliant. I love the start to this song, it can get quite annoying, I have no idea what instrument is used at the start but it works. The lyrics are amazing, they really captivate me, one that sticks in my head is the chorus lin 'so when the sky is falling, don't look outside the window' It just sounds weird, but in the song it works brilliantly.

        A fantastic track, one of the weaker ones on the album but still fantastic to listen too, it feels right on the album and of course Tyler's voice is just magnificent. A nice rocky tune, it'll make good use of your speakers.

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        Track 6: Night Drive- 7/10
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        This is one of the ones I didn't remember, it starts off with people clapping then goes into rather heavy drum, bass and guitar beats. All of the riffs are just amazing. For me, this is Tyler's weakest vocals, however the guitar riffs and the lyrics are just as brilliant.

        It fits brilliantly within the album however it's not the sort of track youd want to listen to over and over again.

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        Track 7: 11:11Pm- 7/10
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        One of the weakest tracks on the album, but that's not saying much as I really do love this song. The riffs used are just brilliant, I think Tyler's voice is amazing within this track. It is not as memorable as the other ones, it could have been better but overall it fits on the album and you won't find yourself skipping.

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        Track 8: Dance Inside- 9/10
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        This is a grower song, give it a few listens, Tyler uses his falsetto a lot within this song and it works brilliantly, the lyrics are slightly naughty but it's what makes this song so brilliant.

        The song like all of their other ones is very powerful as everything seems to work together brilliantly, you'll make great use of your speakers. Make sure you give this track a few listens and you'll love it as much as I do.

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        Track 9: Top Of The World- 8/10
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        I hate the flamingo type start to the song, but they get rid of that and everything else just works amazingly. Again, Tyler's voice is very strong, this is probably counted as a slow song for AAR, but it'll make great use of your speakers, it's probably one of the loudest tracks on the album and it will sound so much better with great speakers.

        I love the guitar riffs throughout this song, it works so well with Tyler's voice throughout, they use one strong beat throughout the verses with another guitar playing another tune and it just sounds amazing when put together. The drums are heavy but again they work brilliantly with the track.

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        Track 10: Straightjacket Feeling- 11/10
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        This is another grower; it took a few listens for me to love it. This is the slowest song on the album so far and it just works fantastically well. Tyler's voice is just beautiful throughout and it's one of the reasons why I love it so much.

        I adore the lyrics within this track, its well worth checking out just for Tyler's voice and the lyrics alone, however the instrumentals are just beautiful. It's amazing how they go from such a heavy track like Top of the World and then make something slow soft and completely against what they usually do and make it sound awesome.

        Definetley one of the best on the album, just a beautiful track to listen to. Everything fits in together and it is a fantastic track.

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        Track 11: I'm Waiting- 7/10
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        We're back to the heavy music again and I have to say I didn't remember this song, but when his voice joins in, I was like now I love this track. It's not the best by far, but it's a typical AAR track and everything works brilliantly together.

        It's not the best song for lyrics and vocals but the instrumentals are just amazing and work so well together. Just a fantastic track, it is unmemorable compared to other tracks on the album.

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        Track 12: Can't Take It- 12/10
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        This song means a lot to me, I'm not going to go into it, but it has some great meaning. For me this is the best on the album by far, it is the slowest track on the album and not only are the lyrics out of this world, the way they have put violins throughout the track it is just so against what they usually do it just works amazingly well.

        I think this is Tyler's strongest vocals by a long way, it is just beautiful and works so well with the strong violins and as always it just fits. I think if you are a fan of AAR heavier work and hate slow songs then you will hate this song, if like me you'll listen to anything then this track is well worth checking out.

        A very gorgeous track, which almost gives you goosebumps when listening to it. Just fantastic.

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        My Opinion
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        This album I have had since it first came out, the CD I have now is not the original copy as I played that so much that it got so broken and worn out that it I just had to replace it.

        In my opinion AAR are overlooked slightly, they are brilliant musicians, Tyler is a fantastic singer and they have produced some amazing tracks over the years.

        The reason why I am reviewing this album is because I have just ordered their most recent album of the Internet and realised that for some reason I had forgotten to review one of the best CD's in my collection.

        I have to admit that I haven't listened to this album in quite a while and by a while I mean a few years and this shocked me I have to say as I played this so much when it first came out, that is why I have rated it 4 stars and not 5 like you would think from my review. There must have been something that stopped me popping this into my CD player, I have no idea what but there must have been something.

        AAR are not everyone's cup of tea, they don't really fit into a genre, you could compare them to the likes of Fall Out Boy, Green Day or even Blink 182, if you like any of those bands then you will probably like AAR as they do follow the same style but their music is a lot different in some ways.

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        The Tracks
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        For me the tracks are all amazing, there is no track that I feel like skipping on this album, they are all powerful and all brilliant and all just fit perfectly where they are placed within the album. For me these are the best:

        Dirty Little Secret
        Move Along
        It Ends Tonight
        Change Your Mind
        Straightjacket Feeling
        Can't Take It

        All of these songs are well worth checking out as they are typical brilliant AAR and they all are fantastic tracks that really sound just brilliant.

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        The Vocals- Tyler Ritter
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        For me, he probably doesn't have the most unique vocals in the music industry or the best vocals in the music industry, but he does have some great pipes on him. They work especially well with the slower songs on the album, where you really do pay much more attention to the vocals and not the instrumentals.

        In Can't Take It For example they are just amazing vocals, he really pulls off so much emotion within the song and he really sings it from the bottom of his heart. He really does have some amazing vocals, people might want to argue with this but I think they are brilliant.

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        The Band
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        I think the band as a whole work just brilliantly together, the production of the songs is just fantastic and works well each time you listen to each different track. I think they work really hard to do this, there are sometimes you think, why the hell did they use that, but in the end everything just fits well together. A fantastic band.

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        The Album
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        Just a brilliant album, each track is listenable and enjoyable to listen to. All of the tracks are different and don't fit into any genre, they are all fun to listen to and most importantly the band works brilliantly together to produce each song with so much emotion and so much talent that it's hard to say they are anything but brilliant.

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        Should You Buy the Album?
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        I think you can get it for such a good price now that yes, it is worth checking out this album if you like that kind of music. I will be reviewing their new album soon, so you can see if that album is any better. Just a fantastic album from a brilliant band.

        (C) Kirsty

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          16.10.2008 22:34
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          **** All-American Rejects Move Along CD****

          This is the second album that they have out and it is amazing!!!It was released on the 12 July 2005.There are four band members and they are
          Nick Wheeler (guitar),Tyson Ritter (vocals/bass)Mike Kennerty (guitar) and Chris Gaylor (drums).

          1. Dirty Little Secret.A very upbeat track that has you "bopping along". If you can get a copy of the acoustic version even better.

          2. Stab My Back

          3. Move Along

          4. It Ends Tonight-not a very cheerful song but somehow it gets played loads..
          Starts off with very simple piano playing.

          5. Change Your Mind
          This song is about him trying to change his girlfriends mind about leaving him.

          6. Night Drive.This is a very rocky song .I think it is about breaking up with someone.

          7. 11:11 PM-not very catchy

          8. Dance Inside

          9. Top of the World

          10. Straitjacket Feeling -I tend to skip over this one as it is less cheerful than the other songs on the album.

          11. I'm Waiting-the beat in this track is great , another very catchy song

          12. Can't Take It-i think that this is the shortest track on the album and it doesn't really stick out as being great.

          13. Night drive (acoustic)
          This is just a quieter version of the other track.


          **Summary**
          Go out and buy the cd!!! Or even better go and see them play.I have seen them three times and they just get better and better.

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Dirty Little Secret
          2 Stab My Back
          3 Move Along
          4 It Ends Tonight
          5 Change Your Mind
          6 Night Drive
          7 11:11 PM
          8 Dance Inside
          9 Top Of The World
          10 Straightjacket Feeling
          11 I'm Waiting
          12 Can't Take It
          13 Night Drive
          14 Eyelash Wishes