The All-American Rejects are a rock band sometimes referred to as AAR, from Stillwater, Oklahoma formed by Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler in 2001. Their breakthrough debut album The All-American Rejects was originally released in 2002, and was later re-released in 2003, launching them into their mainstream capabilities with their hit song, "Swing, Swing". The group followed this up with their sophomore album Move Along, which catapulted their status to one of the top pop rock bands, producing three U.S. Hot 100 top twenty hits (two of them reaching the top ten). The band's album Move Along has been certified double Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA and their self-titled release in 2003 has also been certified Platinum. They are planning on releasing their third album When the World Comes Down on December 16, 2008.
For their third studio album, When the World Comes Down, All-American Rejects switched producers from rock hero Howard Benson to Eric Valentine, perhaps best known for producing a series of Smash Mouth hits and managing Good Charlotte. The shift in producers is immediately obvious in the band's sound. Gone are thrashing pop-punk sounds in favor of a soul-pop vibe that will be familiar to Smash Mouth fans.
However, the band gives its own twist to "Gives You Hell." The lyrics are filled with a cleverly snarky attitude. The attitude of "Dirty Little Secret" is here in full force, and you will likely find yourself singing along. If the chorus wasn't catchy enough, the band accents the point with a crowd singalong to close out the track.
Fans and critics alike should not look to All-American Rejects for cutting edge innovation. However, the band covers the pop-rock basics exceptionally well. Look for All-American Rejects to head back to the pop top 10 with ease.
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