The All-American Rejects "The Kids In The Street" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Fri, 23 Mar 2012 10:30:11
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Rock 'n' roll needs more bands like The All-American Rejects.
Things have become so sterile and innocuous these days. It really seems like no one out there has the balls to blast a cheating ex on tape anymore—other than AAR frontman Tyson Ritter. The bassist and singer is not worried about anything other than delivering quality music on the group's fourth effort, The Kids In The Street. That's exactly the way it should be though.
During the superb album opener, "Someday's Gone", Ritter proclaims, "Walk into the room and you've fucked everyone". Then, he proceeds to belt out a catchy refrain over titanic-size riffs from Nick Wheeler and Mike Kennedy. It's a strangely pensive and explosively potent track that illuminates the group's uncanny ability to inject the right dose of venom into pop. You'll sing along to it, chuckle, and then think.
Elsewhere, their instrumental prowess shines through in spades, especially during the slithering wah solo in the middle of single "Beekeeper's Daughter". A sunny guitar bounces at the beginning of "Fast & Slow" as Ritter muses, "If only for tonight, I could dig myself a grave but even six feet down I'd be found feeling this way." It's sharp, smart, and sardonic. The shimmy electronics of "Heartbeat Slowing Down" reaches levels of orchestral bombast, while "Walk Over Me" struts with an arena-ready stomp and chugging distortion as Ritter cracks, "I can't believe her pretty feet walked all over me."
The band hits a timeless chord on the standout title track. Over a hulking beat from drummer Chris Gaylor, Ritter paints a whimsical picture of childhood memories back when you could be a real kid in the street. All of the elements converge for a cinematic love letter to better days.
The finale is a shimmering, stripped balled entitled "I For You". All of the wisecracks get put aside for a minute as the singer opens up over an acoustic guitar. It's another gem from AAR, and it's the kind of track you can see in countless movies.
The All-American Rejects have crafted their best album with The Kids In The Street, and it also happens to be one of the best of 2012. Play with these Kids, and you'll have the time of your life.
Will you be getting the album on March 27?