Album Review: The All-American Rejects, 'Kids in the Street'
The All-American Rejects
"Kids in the Street"
Producer: Greg Wells
Release Date: March 26
It's easy to understand why the title track of the All-American Rejects' fourth studio album, "Kids in the Street," pines for simpler times -- the rest of the set piles on emotional complexities and angst both existential and heartbreakingly concrete. Love and loss are uneasy running buddies throughout these 11 tunes. And the nervy emotional steel of frontman Tyson Ritter's narrators sound like compensation for the more keening pleas of "Affection," "I for You" and "Heartbeat Slowing Down." Meanwhile, producer Greg Wells (Katy Perry, OneRepublic, Adele) dresses all that up with greater sonic sophistication, guiding the All-American Rejects toward a more bombastic brand of pop through the tricked-out dynamics of "Beekeeper's Daughter," "Out the Door" and "Bleed Into Your Mind" as well as the Queen-worthy explosion at the end of "Affection." Elsewhere, "Fast and Slow" and "Walk Over Me" swing like the All-American Rejects of yore, but this time out the kids are walking on a different side of the pop'n'roll street.