|Released||March 26, 2012|
The Village Recorder, LA, CA
Rocket Carousel Studio, LA, CA.
|Genre||Alternative rock, power pop|
Four years after the release of When the World Comes Down, The All-American Rejects returns with their fourth studio album, Kids in the Street. In that time the four piece found some new inspiration, experimented with maturity and played around with a variety of instruments. The result is this 4th Album.
Produced by Greg Wells (Adele, Kelly Clarkson, OneRepublic), this new record takes the band’s energetic rock ‘n’ roll sound to new level. From “Swing, Swing” to “Move Along” to the wildly successful “Gives You Hell,” the All-American Rejects have always made a point to make sure their sound is always moving forward.
Unfortunately this is where the album’s excitement ends. Just as “Fast & Slow” builds up the mood and energy, leaving you expecting something big and exciting, that track that makes the album (see: “Swing, Swing”, “Move Along”, “Gives You Hell”) the sound completely pulls back. As the title suggests, “Heartbeat Slowing Down” takes the album’s energy down completely, as the band end their edgier, upbeat assault and instead head for composed maturity. For the most part it makes the middle section of the album daft and seemingly uninspired.
For the most part the album tends to feel somewhat uninspired, as if the band are trying too hard to sound ‘mature’ and edgy all the while still using teenage dramatics to create upbeat, chant along tunes. The battle between these two ideas is evident right throughout the record, especially in the middle section. It isn’t enough to create a record that starts well and ends well if there is no middle section to sustain the energy and hold the listener’s attention.
|3.||“Fast & Slow”||4:00|
|4.||“Heartbeat Slowing Down”||4:44|
|5.||“Walk Over Me”||3:59|
|6.||“Out the Door”||3:39|
|7.||“Kids in the Street”||4:45|
|8.||“Bleed into Your Mind”||2:43|
|11.||“I for You”||2:34|