Kids in the Street - The All-American Rejects
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Apr 13, 2012
    80
    Their richest and most varied album to date.
  2. Mar 27, 2012
    80
    In all, it's easily their most ambitious--and praiseworthy--effort to date. [Apr 2012, p.92]
  3. If Move Along got the name in lights, it's Kids in the Street that ensures The All-American Rejects to be burning bright for years to come.
  4. 75
    Too many tracks here are cloaked in unnecessary hoopla, suffocating the best songs' breezy sweetness.
  5. Apr 4, 2012
    70
    Producer Greg Wells (Katy Perry, OneRepublic, Adele) dresses all that [emotional complexity and angst] up with greater sonic sophistication, guiding the All-American Rejects toward a more bombastic brand of pop.
  6. Mar 30, 2012
    60
    Ultimately Kids in the Street will go down as a solid album that is an ambitious and interesting grower... Nothing more, nothing less.
  7. Mar 27, 2012
    60
    Thankfully, [Tyson Ritter's] band shows signs of cracking through its own arrested development, especially in the sinuous groove of "Bleed Into Your Mind" and the sweetly vulnerable orchestral ballad "Affection."
  8. 50
    Their most subdued effort yet.
  9. Apr 11, 2012
    40
    The Rejects' return features too many reheated elements of their older sound, and often disastrous deviations when they stray from it.
  10. 20
    Kids in the Street is uninspired, '80s-laced material.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Mar 30, 2012
    8
    This album is pretty good and worthy of your purchase. It is no where near as good as Move along or gives your Hell but its still pretty good. Overall, you know, I'd say it was Pretty Good. Full Review »
  2. May 10, 2013
    9
    Firstly I agree that this is an ''80s laced rock album'', however I do not find it dull or uninspired (partly due to the production of Greg Wells who is something of an expert at what he does). The album works as both a collection of songs and as a whole, although many different styles are tested on the album from 50s style rock to 80s synthpop and even some folk music, the album flows perfectly. The songs deals mainly with the themes of nostalgia (Kids in the Street) and broken hearts (every other song). AAR may have sung about these topics 10 years ago, but they have matured both as musicians and songwriters. This is an album that has something for everyone. Full Review »
  3. Nov 28, 2012
    10
    "Kids in the Street" is... interesting. We were teased when Someday's Gone was released into thinking it would be a very rock oriented album like "Move Along". Then Beekeeper's Daughter was released and many of us thought "Wait....Pop?" Finally the actual album was released and the results were quite surprising. Some people may say that they pine for their older works such as what was found on "When the World Comes Down" and "The All-American Rejects", and even I hold on a little bit to my favorite "Move Along", but "Kids in the Street" is admittedly the Rejects' most dynamic album to date. The band has really broken through a lot of the teenage feelings and problems that many of us have faced, delivering a story to us through this album. When the Rejects said they wanted to focus on the ENTIRE album rather than a single, it really shows. It may take some time to grow on you, but it is truly their most finely crafted and ambitious work, providing a comparatively deeper insight into life itself. Full Review »