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When the World Comes Down
     

When the World Comes Down

4.4 23
by The All-American Rejects
 

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The All-American Rejects first left behind the charmingly naïve sounds of their debut for 2005's Move Along, an album that paired emo-pop anthems with spit-shine studio polish. Arriving three years later, When the World Comes Down reprises the same formula that made Move Along a success, from the radio-ready tracks to the use of auxiliary

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The All-American Rejects first left behind the charmingly naïve sounds of their debut for 2005's Move Along, an album that paired emo-pop anthems with spit-shine studio polish. Arriving three years later, When the World Comes Down reprises the same formula that made Move Along a success, from the radio-ready tracks to the use of auxiliary instruments. Strings, orchestral flourishes, and a female choir all beef up these 13 songs, which (at their root) are straightforward pop tunes about heartbreak, heartache, and other cheerless conditions of the cardiac organ. The extra instruments aren't always needed, but they do add an extra layer to the band's songwriting, which isn't nearly as intricate as the accompanying arrangements. "Fallin' Apart" experiments with bouncing piano and bowed strings, "The Wind Blows" finds room to house an entire orchestra, and "Another Heart Calls" pairs Tyson Ritter's vocals with the twangy lilt of the Pierces, whose cameo appearance is a bit odd (a folk duo on an emo album?), but still serves as one of the record's truly unique moments. Elsewhere, producer Eric Valentine paints these tunes with coats of gloss, as if to make the group's four-chord progressions sound more interesting than anything by their likeminded peers. Therein lies the Rejects' main obstacle, as they tend to focus on presentation rather than execution. Of course, When the World Comes Down is nothing if not a commercial record, and these potential singles will undoubtedly cement a space on digital radio. Discerning fans may demand something new from the band's next effort, however, since this is essentially Move Along with a revised track list.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2008
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602517892743
catalogNumber:
001229702
Rank:
7330

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Performance Credits

All-American Rejects   Primary Artist
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Brad Cole   Vocals
Zoe Ellis   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Eric Valentine   Drums
Allison Pierce   Vocals
Caitlin Cornwell   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Trevor Whatever   Vocals
Catherine Pierce   Vocals
Tyson Ritter   Bass,Pedal Steel Guitar,Bass Guitar,Recorder,Vocals,Vibes,Marxophone,Bowed Vibes,Group Member
Nick Wheeler   Guitar,Autoharp,Drums,Group Member
Mike Kennerty   Guitar,Autoharp,bass pedals,Group Member
Chris Gaylor   Drums,Group Member
Seth Howard   Vocals
Lonn Friend   Vocals
Jeff Sosnow   Vocals
Anton Patzner   Violin
Sunshine Becker   Vocals
Kevin Saulnier   Keyboards
Ashiling Cole   Vocals

Technical Credits

Herbie Williams   Art Direction,Cover Art
Eric Valentine   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,Audio Production
Trevor Whatever   Studio Manager
All-American Rejects   Composer
Kenny Cresswell   Vocal Engineer
Nick Wheeler   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Thomas Petillo   Cover Photo
Deborah Lurie   Arranger,Orchestration
Ianthe Zevos   Art Direction
Dyana Kass   Marketing

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When the World Comes Down 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Pysche More than 1 year ago
I was never a huge fan of the All-American Rejects before. There were several songs I liked on Move Along; the majority of the album seemed to sound the same. Hearing "Gives You Hell" first, I was a little worried that their whole album was going to be dissapointing and like Move Along. After listening to When the World Comes Down several times through, I have to say that the new sound was very enjoyable and had unique tracks. Some of my favorites..."Mona Lisa", "Another Heart Calls","Real World", and the hidden track, "Sunshine." Those songs have a more alternative sound which ties together the whole album into an exceptional sound. I highly recommend this album.
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ok i bought their first 3 studio albums and i guess they started going downhill when they made move along they sound just like mcr all they do is whine and cry over stupid little things they act like they are mega rock stars when they are not serious about their music this band should have stoped making albums after they made their debut album this band is trying to rip off bands like mudvayne metallica mushroomhead slipknot megadeth nickelback you name it they have ripped it off
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this hoping for something like Move Along album but I was sadly disapointed it felt like its not even finished. And for some reason they make it so the entire inside of the album smell like crayons(I cant make this up). It basicly feels like they werent finished with the songs. I was looking forward to this but now I wish they spent more time on it. Not to mention every song is complaining and about relationships I think theirs only one song that not about relationships. So, if you havent already gotton this just wait because this is their worst album to date.
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