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When The World Comes Down is the indie punk rock band All American Rejects 3rd album since they released their 1st album in 2002 titled 'The All American Rejects', When The World Comes Down was released in 2009 and has some great tracks on it in my opinion.
You can buy When The World Comes Down in most good music stores for around £15, though if you look online on amazon you can buy it for £7.65, you can also listen to it for free on spotify if you have an account. (for more information on spotify see my spotify review)
The track listing for When The World Comes Down includes:
1 I Wanna
2 Fallin' Apart
3 Damn Girl
4 Gives You Hell
5 Mona Lisa
7 Another Heart Calls
8 Real World
9 Back to Me
11 Wind Blows
This is a faster fun sexy song about just wanting someone physically and beyond that aswell, its a really upbeat song and is one of my favourites on the album.
Gives You Hell
This is a song about rising above the person you hate and hopeing that they arent happy, this sounds really morbid and hateful for a song but it is actually really light hearted and even has a comedic effect to it as well, this song was released this summer and done quite well on the charts.
There arent really any tracks on this album that I dislike, however I do find myself skipping Mona Lisa as I find it quite boring some times and slow.
Overall this is a really good album, its got some really great tracks on it and if you are a fan of the All American Rejects or music similar then I reccommend this album as it is really worth a listen too.
The All American Rejects - When the World Comes Down (2008)
Producer: Eric Valentine
Gives You Hell
Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down)
Another Heart Calls
Back to Me
The Wind Blows
When the World Comes Down is the third studio album by American rock band The All American Rejects. After the ear-rapery of their sophomore effort, the band has actually produced an album which lives up to the initial promise which was shown on their first record. Their self-titled debut had a reasonable level of song-writing and displayed respectable musicianship, but it lacked variety and over a whole record this began to grate. Their second album, Move Along, had even fewer songs worth mentioning, but it brought with it a welcome range of differing styles and sounds.
So, up until now The All American Rejects have always been giving with one hand, while just as hastily taking away with the other. But for the first time on one of their records (and not a moment too late) they have combined the sound song-writing and musicianship of their debut with the varied assortment of recording methods found on Move Along.
The finished result is that they have designed and crafted an all round winner!
I Wanna' banishes the so-so memories of the opening Dirty Little Secret from Move Along and brings with it a reenergized group, full of gusto and enthusiasm for the rush of being in a band. The simplistic chorus is wonderfully designed and it rolls off the tongue with ease, "I wanna', I wanna', I wanna' touch you. You wanna' touch me too!" Just you try not to sing along to it after a couple of listens, it is an impossibility!
Now for Fallin' Apart; this is the Big Daddy of When the World Comes Down. However, this isn't just the standout moment of the album, but it is the standout moment of The All American Rejects career so far. I just love those jolly little piano chords during the introduction and the swell violin playing throughout. They've taken their sweet time about it, but it is only fair to conclude, that, at long last, The All American Rejects have stopped playing to the emo genre in which they have been pigeonholed, and have started doing what they want with their music. There is no better example of this than on Fallin' Apart.
The half-ballad Damn Girl provides much enjoyment. "Damn Girl, dry your eyes, you stole my heart," screams Tyson Ritter with a reasonable level of distress, "and then you kicked it aside!" By the way, the chorus to this rocks my socks. It is so well considered and to top it all off the melody is insanely catchy. I have no shame in admitting my new found love for The All American Rejects, just so long as they carry on releasing material like this.
And the boys just keep on giving and giving, with the next surprise being the satisfyingly restrained ambience of Gives You Hell. The whole experience is so enjoyable that I can forgive them the awful 'gang' vocals in the final act of the song. Lads, when you are constructing pop gems this perfect you don't have to try and prove anything to me.
The title-track (sort of), Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down), is a gentle, sweet, acoustic confection of the highest order. Stylistically, it is without a doubt the most dumbed-down and relatively simple moment on the record, but it hardly matters when the chorus is as affecting as it is, "You can sit beside me when the world comes down!" Sing to me Ritter, sing to me, and everyone shall swoon in sync.
I even find that I warm to the exhilarating Breakin', despite its clichéd lyrics, "Breakin' is what your heart is for!" Actually, scrap that, I love those lyrics; I wish I'd written them myself. I just love the way the gentle acoustics seamlessly lead into the introduction of the crisp electric guitar line and the serious drumming from Chris Gaylor.
One of the greatest things about When the World Comes Down is that it is exceptionally consistent. The band don't tire out half way through and chuck in b-side quality tracks to make up the numbers, it just keeps on giving and providing more hooks and superior melodies. I mention this now, as I am listening to Back to Me, a hard-hitting ballad with one of the most memorable electric guitar riffs that the band has yet produced. Tyson Ritter even stretches for those higher notes during the chorus bridge and everyone goes home happy, "Can't you see I beg and plead, 'cause when your eyes light up the skies at night I know you're gonna find your way back to me!" It is an aural orgasm (I have copyright on that phrase; you must pay me 10p every time you wish to use it).
The Wind Blows has some of the most beautiful production on the album. It almost has trip-hop potential in my opinion and such is the invigorating, yet uncompromisingly chilled quality of this track, that the album gets an extra mark for including it on the track-listing. The chorus exclaims, "I'll leave when the wind blows!" All I know is that I'm never leaving, providing the band carries on producing hits such as this.
The album closes with Sunshine (after a short 30 second silence, entitled, uh, Untitled) and just like its namesake, it provides rays of exquisite musicianship. The splendid strings are back with a vengeance during the introduction and if Ritter didn't sound slightly bored during his vocal performance I'd have declared it an utter success. But as it stands it is merely very good.
I can barely start to comprehend the giant leap in quality between the first two All American Rejects albums and this one. There seems to be no direct link or conclusion to be drawn up between what has passed before and what is now sitting before us, except that The All American Rejects are now worth listening to and I am no longer embarrassed to have them on my playlist.
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I'd never even heard of the all american rejects, never mind heard their music..but following a friends recommendation (and being an open minded music listener) I decided to give them a go. The best of this album is iwthout doubt the track 'gives you hell'. This is a really catchy tune, and you can really rock out to it!
The other songs are similarly rock tunes, but non-rock fans shouldn't be put off as it's not generally my favourite genre either. After listening through the full album once I was surprised as to how I'd overlooked it previously, and how I'd never heard of the band itself.
I've had this album for 2 months now and the songs are amongst the highest in my 'most played' list on my ipod. All the tracks are catchy and addictive..with the exception of course of 'non-musical silence' which is basically a track added onto the end of the album presenting you with, well..silence!
Overall, I've bought and downloaded quite a few albums over the past 6 months, but this HAS to be favourite so far. I suppose if you completely hate rock, you may be best to save your money; otherwise, I'd go for it.
If you're still not sure, I recommend taking a listen to 'gives you hell', should you like that track, you'll love the album. If you don't like that track don't bother...each to their own.
After three years of nothing, people expected something huge from AAR, and what they got, was something completely unexpected.
"When The World Comes Down" is an album which surprised critics and fans alike. It shows a somewhat more mainstream direction on their music. What we have here is a cheery, sunny pop album, sprinkled with the reminance of The All American Reject's previous -well over a million selling- effort "Move Along".
So if you liked that album, don't fully expect to enjoy this album as much. It's a completely different kettle of fish. The last one was straight up powerpop and pop-rock, ridden with crushing guitars and huge pumping songs, and if you expect this of the new one, you WILL be disappointed. For, it would be unfair to compare the two. "When The World Comes Down" is very radio friendly, mainstream and poppy, alot more so then all their other work. If you're a fan of AAR's older work, be prepared to be underwhlemed. The catchy choruses, singalongs and catchiness is still there, just presented in a different way.
Guitars are alot more sparsely used, and alot of elements from their previous albums have been removed. This album uses alot more poppier elements to it, therefore is more accessible to new fans. Though, this will undoubtedly be a decision which causes AAR to lose many long term fans.
Here is a quick run through of all the tracks:
1. I Wanna
2. Falling Apart
3. Damn Girl
4. Gives You Hell
5. Mona Lisa (When The World Comes Down)
7. Another Heart Calls
8. Real World
9. Back To Me
11. The Wind Blows
Standout tracks are "Another Heart Calls", "Real World" and "Back To Me".
This album has been recieved mixed reviews. Unlike anything they have done before, and unfortunately, people have been comparing it to previous albums. If you do, admittingly, you will be disappointed, I myself was. But you must take it for what it is, and for what it is, it is a catchy pop album, bursting with sunny melodies, great choruses and well constructed and produced songs.
I had never bought an All American Rejects album or even listened to one of their tracks, until I heard 'Gives You Hell' on the radio and I just had to buy this album.
I was so impressed by this album I don't think I can summon the words to describe it.
For a start the artwork is original and the title of the album isn't the usual 'Name Of Best Track' which I found refreshingly different.
The lyrics are some of the best and most thought-provoking I have heard for a long time and the lead singer delivers them wonderfully. The drumming is always at the perfect pace to suit the songs and the guitar - both bass and lead - are, at times, beautiful.
Each track is varied and ranges from brilliant upbeat tracks like 'Gives You Hell' to slower, moving tracks such as 'Mona Lisa'. I find it hard to pick out my individual favourites as I am in love with this album but if I had to choose they would be the stupendous bonus track 'Sunshine', 'Real World' and the beautiful, afore-mentioned 'Mona Lisa'. The only current UK single 'Gives You Hell' also deserves a special mention as I found myself needing to play it over and over when it was first released because I loved it so much.
It may have been released mid-December but I am calling this my album of the year so far. Every single track is a great listen and all the parts of it come together to make it fantastic. You need to buy this album.
This is a rewritten review. I believe that my last review wasn't up to scratch and it didn't do this album any justice.
I honestly believe that 'When the World Comes Down' is one of the best albums I've ever heard and before you say that I am just some deranged 'The All American Rejects' fan boy, they are not even my favourite band! I do however agree with the disappointed AAR fans out there, the bands previous effort was better. This one is very good but maybe they gave the fans too much with 'Move Along'. Remember it is hard to perfect perfection.
Here are my favourite tracks, the rest are awesome too but you can listen to them your self and make your own mind up.
I feel that this album has a really sad theme to it : 'love is impossible' or at least for him(the guy in the songs).
(1) I Wanna
This about two people that love each other, but for some reason they can't be together. So they end up longing for each others touch. I first heard this song while I was in a long distance relationship, so you can imagine how I felt listening to this song. It has catchy lyrics, they are pretty funny too.
(2) Fallin' Apart
This is about him loving her and getting no love in return, but he will always love and be there for her even while she's breaking his heart. A horrible situation told on a cool song with awesome music.
(3) Damn Girl
A classic story of a girl stealing a guys heart, and then breaking it. Not being with her doesn't help him either so he wants her back only to get his heart broken again. A vicious circle; makes girls seem so mean...
(4) Gives You Hell
This is the first single they released of the album and hopefully not the last. I think this can be a feel good song; it's a good song either way. Listen closely and it will get you thinking about your life. Not wanting to get stuck in a dead end job, not fulfilling your dreams etc.
Makes you want to get out there and live!
(7) Another Heart Calls
This is a collaboration with The Piercers (two girls, checkout their MySpace), this works really well.
It's about two people expressing their love for each other, but you just get the feeling it's not going to workout.
These of course only my opinions; you may hear a different story.
I think that this album is very well produced it just makes you want to listen and carry on listening, ear candy? It's just so nice to hear and at least for the first couple of times you listen to it, you'll find that there is no reason to skip a single track..
Tyson Ritter - Vocals & Bass
Nick Wheeler - Guitars
Mike Kennerty - Guitars
Chris Gaylor - Drums
The All American Rejects also known as AAR, are a pop rock group that formed in 2001.
They have released 3 Albums to date:
The first; self titled 'The All-American Rejects' brought moderate success, it sold over a million copies so it went platinum.
The second; 'Move Along' sold 90.000 in it's first week, this album also shot the band into mainstream with 3 top 20 hits.
and the third; of course 'When the World Comes Down' sold 112,000 in it's début week. 'Gives You Hell' is the first single released from this album.
Band info Source; 'The All American Rejects Wikipedia page:
All american rejects: When the world comes down
this is a good song to listen to. its got a very catchy beat to it, great lyrics and the rhythm is amazing.
This song isn't the best on this album but it isn't the worst either. It isn't what you expect from this band at all it has a bit of old style to it with the rhythm of the guitar and bass.
this song starts off a little slow but it soon picks up about a minute into the song when it gets a good strong beat.
Gives you hell
As featured on kerrang! and scuzz this is a well known song and probably the best track on this album. It has good lyrics beat and rhythm and the tempo is just right.
Mona lisa ( when the worl comes down)
This track has good finger picking on the acoustic. it is a slow song and it isn't that bad to listen to
another good song from this album...Great beat and sturdy rhythm. cool lyrics upbeat tempo. good song.
Another heart calls
this is the worst track on this album the beat is a mess and the rhythm just doesn't work at all. the lead singer sounds like a strangled cat in this track.
this track has a great beat and is very lively with the rhythm and beat. good bass and awesome lyrics.
Back to me
Got a great beat to this track but a little bit nyeh for my liking.
this track is great to listen to it has a good bass line. lyrics are eay to learn and the tempo is perfect.
The wind blows
not the best track i must admit. it does have a good bass line and beat.
When the wind blows
This has a good rhythm and lyrics. Its got good acoustics and bass line probably second best track on the album.
this is not the best album i have ever heard and im not sure i really recommend it to any-one its kind of a waste of time to be honest.
I know this CD isn't out in the UK for another week or two, but I borrowed this CD from a friend who brought it from America, it's pretty much the same CD, so here is the review.
Who are All American Rejects?
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 my favourite album called Move Along came out in 2005 and then finally the album I am reviewing now, 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
Track 1: I Wanna- 7/10
I think this song could have been brilliant, but for me, Tyson doesn't sound like he usually does and as well as that he is overpowered by the music on the chorus. The band has grown up a lot since there last try with their album Move Along, and Tyson's voice sounds very different I have to say.
The music used throughout this track is very heavy and this is not only the weak point about the song but the best point. For me, a song is not good if you can't hear the lead singers voice and Tyson's voice does get over shadowed by the music, however the song is a definite grower, I've listened to it a few times now and just love it, it's so much fun to listen to and I think it's one of their best.
Give this track a few listens and you will like it, quite different from their other tracks but still amazing.
Track 2- Falling Apart- 7/10
I was a bit unsure when I first heard the start of this track, as the instrumentals are very different from what you come to expect from AAR, however I really like this song, even though Tyson Ritter's voice is different as well. It's not as good as previous songs by them, but it's still a fantastic track that is a joy to listen to.
I think the reason why I like this song so much is because it's not mainstream, it doesn't seem to follow what you would expect AAR to follow, it's a good song, sung amazingly well by Tyson, just a fantastic track to listen to.
Track 3- Damn Girl- 6/10
This song starts of a lot like Phil Collins in the air tonight and it really does sound very good, one of the highlights with this band is that you know the songs are going to be brilliantly produced and they did brilliantly with this song. Everything seems to work, the guitar in the background, the bass through the chorus, it just fits and makes brilliant tracks.
I think this is the weakest on the album so far even though this is the slowest and usually with me this is what I really like, the slow tracks are usually my favourite, but this one will robably go nowhere near my IPod.
Track 4- Gives You Hell- 6/10
I believe this is the track that they have released off the album, everyone seems to love it but I can't see what everyone else sees. It's a good song, the production of the song is just amazing and is the riffs and the drum beat throughout, but I hate to say it but I think what makes this track quite weak for me is Tyson's voice which sounds almost whiny.
I do like the song however, I do think it might be a grower, however at the moment I am not too keen on his voice for some reason and that is why it's got a lower rate. It's a catchy song however.
Track 5- Mona Lisa (When The World Comes Down) - 6/10
I think they are trying to do another Straightjacket Feeling or Can't Take It off the Move Along album however for me they don't manage to do it. I swear Tyson's voice has changed so much from the previous album and not in a good way. He used to be able to put so much emotion behind his tracks, but now there doesn't seem to be anything.
This is a nice track, but not brilliant and that seems to be the case with the whole album, this track doesn't seem like a grower either, it's boring to say the least, but it's pleasant to listen to.
Track 6- Breakin' - 7/10
This one shows a little bit of shine that comes from the Move Along album, some people compare this track to Move Along, however it's weak compared to that. Again everything seems to work, his voice is good, the band works together brilliantly to produce a great track however, it just doesn't work as well as I would like it to.
The lyrics are good but in the chorus they say 'wait wait' and I had to check the CD inlay to see what the hell they were saying because I swear it sounds like they are saying something along the lines of 'rape', however they actually say wait wait to anyone else who may have misheard like me.
Track 7- Another Heart Calls (Featuring The Pierces) - 8/10
Maybe we have a good song here, it's a slow piece which starts off with a girl singing and then it goes back and forth between her and Tyson and their voices do work brilliantly well together I have to say. I adore the chorus when the drums join in, a very good track, that really does work well together.
None of the instruments overpower either of their voices and both voices are just brilliant and work so well together that it is probably the best song on the album, a joy to listen to.
The only disappointment I have with this track is that this is the best on the album so far, and I would never recommend it to anyone. It's not that good, I think so far this album is very weak compared to Move Along.
Track 8- Real World- 5/10
So far this album hasn't done anything for me, so I'm not expecting much with this track and you don't get much. Tyson's voice comes in almost whispering and is just doesn't sound very good. The drum beat is brilliant, but I think this is one of the weakest tracks on the album so far.
It's a very loud track and for me, just not very enjoyable, looks like the rest of the album will be just like this.
Track 9- Back To Me- 8/10
I would have sworn that Tyson was about to sing 'I've walked across, the empty' from Keane as the music at the start sounds exactly like this. He doesn't however, but I have to say this is one of the nicer songs on the album. He does let emotion into his voice within this track.
It's still not amazing, there are so many better tracks on the Move Along album, but this is probably one of the best on this album. They have kept it quite simple but at the same time it's still a rock song, however there does seem to be something missing, the song sounds like a copy, it's not very original.
Track 10- Believe- 5/10
Another weak track from the band, it doesn't even have good lyrics like I would expect from a band like this. Tyson's voice is very good in it and I do like the instrumentals but I can't see hit on this track, it is one of the weakest ones on the album and really just does nothing for me.
This is a good track but there is better on other albums, so far, I'm really not seeing much from this album, it's weak and just okay music.
Track 11- The Wind Blows- 9-10
I love the drum beat that starts the track off and this is a very nice song to listen to, probably one of the best on the album. It sounds almost acoustically and the drum beat gets into your head, it's a good song and it reminds me of the old AAR, which were brilliant.
This is the best song on the album by a long shot, it is going straight onto my IPod, it even gave me goosebumps, everything just works brilliantly and this is what the whole album should be like.
After the release of Move Along I adored AAR, Tyson Ritter was gorgeous as was his voice, however with this release all I can think is I wasted nearly £9 on this bloody CD and am I going to be able to get my money back.
I usually buy CD's on a whim as you could call it, I brought this one because of their previous album had so many brilliant tracks on it and it really was a joy to listen to. You can't really say that about this album.
I think the boys have gone for a more mature sound with this album but for me, the sound they had before was pretty much perfect, the album isn't all that bad, I can't really put my finger on it to be honest, but nothing worked as well as the Move Along album did.
I have waited three years to get this album, hey I was still in High School when Move Along came out, and I am really disappointed with what they delivered in the end. None of the songs sound brilliant, except the last one which really got under my skin but the others were just disappointing.
Okay, All American Rejects were never original, they're good but not that good, this album is ever worse I have to say in the originality department than Move Along was. For me what this album sounds like is a rip of, of Move Along which was at least fun to listen to and I really enjoyed it.
They went for the more mature audiences but found themselves being a smaller version of what they were 4 years ago.
One thing I like about AAR, is there lyrics. They may not be groundbreaking, however they are brilliant but with lyrics like the following:
"I wanna, I wanna, touch you, you want to touch me too"
With lyrics like these, you have to wonder how drunk were they when they wrote this song, I expect lyrics like these from the likes of Tenacious D not a band like All American Rejects, this is continous throughout the whole album, there's one song, that I had to even search to see what they had said because I could have sworn that Tyson had said date rape or something along the lines of that, after I wanna, I thought they had lost the plot, but with that track I was almost in stitches when I heard it.
Quality & Consistency Of Tracks
You can't say that any of the tracks are awful because none of them are; they're all nice listenable tracks but that is it, there is nothing here that shouts 'hit' like Move Along's tracks did, they are all just bland tracks that fill up the album and for me, considering I spent £9 on this album, this is quiet annoying.
Their main competition would be the likes of Blink 182, but for me there main competition is their previous album which puts this one to shame. There are no brilliant tracks which are amazing or catchy or anything like that, I can't even remember how my favourite track on the album goes, but I can remember Move Along word by word.
Value For Money
If you were to buy this, you are looking at paying £8.98 on Amazon and I have to say it was a waste of money even paying a pound for this CD.
Should You Buy The Album?
No, especially if you are already a fan of AAR as you'll be even more disappointed. If you want to see what they sound like, check out their previous albums which were very good, as this album pales in comparison.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 I Wanna
2 Fallin' Apart
3 Damn Girl
4 Gives You Hell
5 Mona Lisa
7 Another Heart Calls
8 Real World
9 Back to Me
11 Wind Blows