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Album Review: The All-American Rejects – Kids in the Street

on March 30, 2012, 7:57am
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There was once a point when I thought Weezer had gone a little too far over the edge of nerd reason and jangly pop rock, flashy attempts at being so cheesy it’s cool, like hipster irony. Their colloquial “Red Album” was a final grasp at dorky straws siphoning catchy flavor, Hurley cemented said point, and Raditude emphasized it. The All-American Rejects had zero in common with one of our generation’s greatest geekdom bandwagons–until now. Bad, bad timing.

Kids in the Street is uninspired, ’80s-laced material, doomed to exile from Clear Channel for being spearheaded by a band whose following finally began dismissing PostSecret as the double-blind social networking pity party it became (see: “Fine Again” on Prozac, i.e. “Dirty Little Secret”). Lyrically malnourished (“Draw me a story/tell me a picture”, or “I get so lost inside this city/All you ugly girls, you look so pretty”) and sometimes unintelligible (“Beekeeper’s Daughter”) is a terrible combination for tunes whose goals probably included carpool sing-alongs. It’s so “down” and so “jiggy,” I swear they even rip off the damned Proclaimers with straight faces (“Out the Door”), and suffice it to say, leading forced-shout vocalist and bassist Tyson Ritter is no Johnny Depp/Buster Keaton.

We all know people who dig this band or did at some juncture. We all know a chick who belted off-key with “Gives You Hell” every time it turned up on Pandora. Kids in the Street is decorated like a two-bit Blink-182 album, it plays like a Mötley Crüe cover went straight to the members’ heads during bouts of manic depression (“Walk Over You”), the titular track got a case of Green Day as if it were botox, and don’t even get us started on corny Freud segues. Some boxes should simply never be uncovered.

Predecessor, 2008′s When the World Comes Down, had genuine heart in it, despite The All-American Rejects’ strict determination to not be completely forgotten by any means (or lazy writing) necessary. Kids in the Street throws caution to the broken wind, somehow comes out clean at the horizon, and lingers long enough for reality to give it sunburn. Did anyone mention the last decade is over now? They didn’t get that memo.

Essential Tracks: N/A

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Anonymous
March 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I don’t know if you intended it to read this way: “Hurley cemented said point, Raditudeemphasized it, and their colloquial “Red Album” was a final grasp at dorky straws siphoning catchy flavor.” 

That’s the reverse order of when those albums were released, but it reads like a chronology. Intentional?

David Buchanan
March 31, 2012 at 12:55 am

Red Album did get released before the other two, it’s meant to emphasize that without regard to chronology. You’re absolutely right, though.

David Buchanan
March 31, 2012 at 12:58 am

That is to say, emphasis on the Red Album itself, its last ditch effort before everything fell apart, so it got listed last. In hindsight, I see what you mean.

Liv Dacosta
March 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

I am a HUGE AAR fan…however, I’m very disappointed by this album. It has no heart or depth to it, it sounds like a lot of instruments being played very loud over one another. I am truly let down 

Antonyms
April 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Your Review Freaking Blows

Mattc_4
April 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

Please tell me all critics of this album are just trolls. This album is amazing! I loved AAR when they realised move along and when the world comes down is a great too but I really do think this album is there best to date. It’s fresh and the production of it is out of this world!

ThisWebSiteSUCKS
April 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

“Draw me a story/Tell me a picture” You kind of fucked that one up.  And this album is completely unique you just hate it because it doesn’t sound like the cliche bullshit you love. 

Theconfettidress
April 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Skipped over “Gonzo” did you?
This is their best album yet, and Tyson’s lyrics have improved immensely, yet you say they are lazy. Ugh. Also: “Draw me a story / WRITE me a picture”?!

IdontTrustyourTasteinMusic
April 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm

AAR is just switching up their sound and you can’t judge their music if you don’t understand it! Not everything is supposed to make sense in life. Personally I don’t understand most of their new songs either but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop liking their music. I will be a true AAR fan forever!

Allamericanrejects_8497
April 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

This review SUCKS!!! This album is AWESOME!!! AAR is very creative and wonderful.I’ve been an AAR fan forever and always will be!

adam yidiaris
September 11, 2012 at 4:10 am

This guy is just a loose asshole fag…farts that sound like blowing in an empty wine jug fag. David Douchanan wishes he had and oucne of their musical talent nvm looks. If he would pull the cock out of his ear and actually know music he wouldnt of said shit. You dont have to like the album or band but the shit he said “lyrically malnourished” ? those are clever as hell lyrics and this is coming from a guy who listens to fucking canibal corpse, what poetry hes used to. simple minded fucking childish metal lyrics tsss. Lyrics dont need to be metaphorically mindboggling comparing talking trees to singing mountain tops? Those are just words you dumb hillbilly lol. He only said shit to cover up his meaningless whitetrash life and is begging for attention. Anyone can have their own website and post their opinions you’re not special….so continue guzzling the cock down to you’re bruised tonsules and continue listening to simple people music ;)