RELEASE
December 16, 2008
LABEL
DGC/Interscope/Doghouse
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Emo-Pop

Album Review

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.]
Andrew Leahey, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I Wannahttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=299667645&id=299667643&at=11l9vR
  2. I Wannahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Fallin' Aparthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Fallin' Aparthttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=299667646&id=299667643&at=11l9vR
  5. Damn Girlhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=299667649&id=299667643&at=11l9vR
  6. Damn Girlhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Gives You Hellhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Gives You Hellhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=299667651&id=299667643&at=11l9vR
  9. Mona Lisahttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=299667652&id=299667643&at=11l9vR
  10. Mona Lisahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Breakin'http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Breakin'http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=299667654&id=299667643&at=11l9vR
  13. Another Heart Callshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=299667656&id=299667643&at=11l9vR
  14. Another Heart Callshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Real Worldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Real Worldhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=299667658&id=299667643&at=11l9vR
  17. Back to Mehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=299667663&id=299667643&at=11l9vR
  18. Back To Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Believehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Believehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=299667678&id=299667643&at=11l9vR
  21. The Wind Blowshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=299667680&id=299667643&at=11l9vR
  22. The Wind Blowshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Untitledhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. [Untitled]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. [Untitled]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Sunshinehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. I Wanna [Demo] [*][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. I Wanna [*][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Damn Girl [*][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Damn Girl [Demo] [*][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Fallin' Apart [Demo] [*][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Fallin' Apart [*][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Mona Lisa [*][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Mona Lisa [Demo] [*][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Real World [Demo] [*][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Real World [*][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-world-comes-down-deluxe/id299667643?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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