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When the World Comes Down
All-American Rejects
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Reviewed: 1/2/2009 by Ryan


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With all bands the latest is work is usually their best work, whether they think that or not, that’s what they say. This holds true for the All-American Rejects with their new album “When the World Comes Down.” While not being revolutionary or anything like that, the band draws from more influences, explores with different sounds, and combines their two previous, highly-successful albums, into an album that yes, is their best work. “When the World Comes Down” borrows from some past bands and eras- the biggest example that comes to mind- the opening on “I Wanna”- that’s the Who’s “Baba O’Riley.” “Fallin’ Apart” sounds a whole lot like an 80’s song- either Cyndi Lauper (not vocal- just the instrumentation) or the Talking Heads, that’s not throughout, just until the chorus hits. Those two examples are the best examples on the Rejects’ drawing more from bands of the past. As far as the band exploring more sounds- take “Mona Lisa”, where the album gets its title from. The song is an acoustic song, which the band has done stuff like that in the past, but “Mona Lisa” is easily the band’s best acoustic song. The melody is intoxicating and the emotion in Tyson Ritter voice pushes it over the top. “Another Heart Calls” is a duet song between Tyson Ritter and Allison Pierce of The Pierces and the two sound perfect on the song, and it’s not only a nice change of pace for the album, it’s a well-written song that ebbs and flows with the two vocals. While not everything on the new album works, most of it works well. This is the third quality release from AAR as they continue to push out new music. Expect at least two more hit singles from this record and expect the AAR machine to keep rolling. This is a great album.

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