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The Dirty Heads
After the rather synthetic debut, that spawned the minor hit ‘Swing Swing Swing’ and illustrated a fixation with everything Robert Smith, the All American Rejects have moved on to the better things that a major label can provide. The transformation from a studio duo to a bonafide band has no doubt aided matters. Huge production courtesy of Howard Benson contributes to an overall sound that blurs the edges between pop punk and rock. Think American HiFi debut colliding with Hoobastank’s ‘The Reason’ and you won’t be far off. The pop punk standards of ‘Dirty Little Secret’ or ‘Change Your Mind’ are effective and although formulaic are performed with gusto and enthusiasm. Elsewhere the awesome ‘Waiting’ and the rock edged ‘Top of the World’ score highly whilst AAR prove that they are equally adept at the big stadium ballad on ‘Straight Jacket Feeling’ or the orchestral Hoobastank-like ‘It Ends Tonight’. Way better than the debut with improved song writing and production, ‘Move Along’ is exactly what Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler have done. Probably the best stadium pop punk album this year.