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The All-American Rejects - The All-American Rejects

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: The All-American Rejects / Audio CD released 2003-07-14 at Polydor Group

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      22.10.2009 22:20
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      The All-American Rejects was the 1st ever album released from the indie punk rock band The All-American Rejects in 2002.

      You can buy this album in most good music stores for around £10, also you can buy it online for £4.98, or listen to it on Spotify for free if you have an account. (for more information on spotify check out my spotify review.)

      The track listing for The All-American Rejects is as follows:
      1 My Paper Heart
      2 Your Star
      3 Swing, Swing
      4 Time Stands Still
      5 One More Sad Song
      6 Why Worry
      7 Don't Leave Me
      8 Too Far Gone
      9 Drive Away
      10 Happy Endings
      11 The Last Song
      12 The Cigarette Song (Acoustic Version - UK Bonus Track)

      Favourite Tracks
      Swing Swing
      This song is about having your heart broken and moving on with it, its a really positive and happy song and probably the best off the whole album.

      Happy Endings
      This is another really funky tune about a relationship that breaks up and not really being that bothered about it, its a really cool song and is one of my favourites from the band as a whole.

      There arent really any songs that I dislike on this album, more songs that stand out as better than others.

      Overall The All-American Rejects is a great 1st album from the band and is well worth a listen to for fans or if you like similar music for example Fallout Boy are quite similar.

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        29.08.2009 19:22
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        A good but not great debut!

        The All American Rejects (2003)

        Producer: Tom O' Heir

        My Paper Heart
        Your Star
        Swing, Swing
        Time Stands Still
        One More Sad Song
        Why Worry
        Don't Leave Me
        Too Far Gone
        Drive Away
        Happy Endings
        The Last Song

        The All American Rejects formed in 2001 and released this self-titled debut album in 2003. Their sound is one that we have heard many times before, from pop-punk bands such as Blink 182, all the way to modern 'Emo' bands, such as Panic at the Disco. So, while The All American Rejects will not be setting the world alight with their tried and tested formula, they are still able to craft a few finely tuned pop gems.

        It was never my intention to listen to a band such as The All American Rejects. Indeed, I would normally run one thousand miles in the opposite direction from anything possessing such whiny and 'emotionally charged' American vocals, with a hot streak of electric power chords. But after a close friend (you know who you are!) gave me all of their material and I sat down and actually listened to the albums, I found that there is much here to be enjoyed.

        The album opens with My Paper Heart, one of the album's four singles. The song has a blazing acoustic/electric tempo, which is given a tweak by gentle percussion jingles, evoking many feelings of joy. The lyrics are your standard emo-tinged punk affair, "Please just don't play with me, my paper heart will bleed." Although, I'd be lying if I said that it didn't suit the tone and style of the song perfectly.

        I'm not feeling the repetitive piano and guitar mash-up of second track, Your Star. The lyrics and vocals seem to plumb new depths of mediocrity, particularly the verse, "Now she's all alone, her eyes stay drowned in tears." It has all the poignancy of a Nursery child's poem (and none of the charm).

        First single released from the album, Swing, Swing, is pure pop gold. Each band member has an air of playfulness about them in terms of their musicianship, with Tyson Ritter's eager bass work and inspired vocals reaching a new plateau in the quality stakes, "Swing, swing from the tangles of, my heart is crushed by a former love..." Yes, they are unoriginal lyrics, but it's the way he sings them, you see?

        The best song from the entire set is Time Stands Still. The empowering vocal harmonies during the chorus bridge are lush and provide the first hint that The All American Rejects may just have a measure of artistic freedom, while the scratchy guitar riffs during the chorus itself provide a much needed change in tempo. Ritter asks us all, "Can you hear me scream?" Well, Ritter, I most certainly can and moreover I am most definitely enjoying it.

        Don't Leave Me is a festering pile of crud and has all the appeal of a prolapsed colon. I detest the synthetic drums during the introduction, and just when you think things cannot get any worse the underdeveloped rhythm section decides to show up. Ritter proclaims from the rooftops, "Just (give me) one more chance to make it once again!" And I for one shall wilfully be opposing his appeal for redemption.

        I love that Too Far Gone has an ecstatic run of keyboard playing, which thankfully shows up just as The All American Rejects' cluttered guitar work threatens to clog up the airwaves. The stripped bare acoustic introduction is misleading, but stick with it and it soon develops into an emotionally expressive success.

        Another choice cut from the record is the electric power-pop of Drive Away. The band seems to be confidently brimming with enthusiasm and the song has one of the most memorable guitar riffs on the album, as Nick Wheeler plays his instrument with an urgent sense of self-importance.

        Of course, there are a few songs which are distinctly average and it is debatable as to whether or not they should have made the final cut. It's unfortunate that the two songs which run this middle-ground are the last two tracks on the record, so it does leave a somewhat bitter taste in your mouth during the final moments of the album. I have to announce with a certain degree of regret that both Happy Endings and The Last Song fail to excite or to entertain the listener in any single way.

        As I said at the very start of my review, I enjoyed this album far more than I expected to. My final opinion on The All American Rejects' debut album is that it is a mixed bag, but it is worth investigating, if only for the few eventual moments of fine musicianship.

        6/10

        Daniel Kemp

        Read more reviews at www.danielkempreviews.co.uk

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 My Paper Heart
        2 Your Star
        3 Swing, Swing
        4 Time Stands Still
        5 One More Sad Song
        6 Why Worry
        7 Don't Leave Me
        8 Too Far Gone
        9 Drive Away
        10 Happy Endings
        11 The Last Song
        12 The Cigarette Song (Acoustic Version - UK Bonus Track)