When the World Comes Down [Deluxe Version]

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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 Clear Channel 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. [When the World Comes Down was also released in a double-disc deluxe format with additional demos and bonus content.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602517897779
  • Catalog Number: 001231302
  • Sales rank: 184,417

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Wanna (3:28)
  2. 2 Fallin' Apart (3:26)
  3. 3 Damn Girl (3:51)
  4. 4 Gives You Hell (3:33)
  5. 5 Mona Lisa (3:14)
  6. 6 Breakin' (3:58)
  7. 7 Another Heart Calls (4:09)
  8. 8 Real World (4:02)
  9. 9 Back to Me (4:28)
  10. 10 Believe (3:28)
  11. 11 The Wind Blows (4:22)
  12. 12 [Untitled] (0:30)
  13. 13 [Untitled] (2:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Wanna (3:19)
  2. 2 Damn Girl (3:37)
  3. 3 Fallin' Apart (3:34)
  4. 4 Mona Lisa (2:44)
  5. 5 Real World (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The All-American Rejects Primary Artist
Lenny Castro Percussion
Brad Cole Vocals
Zoe Ellis Choir, Chorus
Eric Valentine Drums
Allison Pierce Vocals
Caitlin Cornwell Choir, Chorus
Trevor Whatever Vocals
Catherine Pierce Vocals
Tyson Ritter Bass, Pedal Steel 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
Technical Credits
Herbie Williams Art Direction, Cover Art
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Eric Valentine Programming, Producer, Engineer, Orchestration
Trevor Whatever Studio Manager
The All-American Rejects Composer
Kenny Cresswell Vocal Engineer
Nick Wheeler Programming, Orchestration
Thomas Petillo Cover Photo
Deborah Lurie Orchestration
Ianthe Zevos Art Direction
Dyana Kass Marketing
Jeff Sosnow Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The All-American Rejects Came Back Stronger Than Ever!

    I've heard a lot of people saying that this album is completely different then Move Along, which got me thinking that, hey, if they stayed the same they'd get pretty boring, which is exactly why I fell in love with their new album. Each song brought a little something to the album. The song "I Wanna" is very catchy, easy to dance to and one of my personal favorites. Then they have another song, "Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down)" Which totally changes the vibe and makes us think about what's going on in our world. That song is a real eye opener and it brought something to this album that no one but The All-American Rejects could bring. This album is for anyone who has enjoyed The All-American Rejects before, and is not afraid of a little change.

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