When The World Comes Down - The All-American Rejects
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  • Summary: The third album from the Oklahoma rock band was produced by Eric Valentine.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. While World is simply a fun pop record at its core, the effort, time and most importantly, experience (gleaned both from the members' extracurricular projects and the near-decade they've been together) that went into its making clearly sets AAR apart from newer bands who keep attempting to capture this same sound with much less ambition.
  2. If sonic similitude is any indicator of future successes, When the World Comes Down will only cement the band's top-of-the-heap status.
  3. It’s completely clear and even traditional pop music, but those over 16 will likely have no use for it.
  4. When the World Comes Down houses a pretty vacuous core. If you are young and/or naïve enough to dig this whole shtick, though, you’re going to have the time of your life.
  5. 60
    Working with Good Charlotte producer Eric Valentine, the Rejects trick out their hook-jammed anthems with sweet strings, zippy disco beats, and the occasional bit of Gary Glitter bleacher stomp.
  6. When the World Comes Down doesn't evince much growth, proffering more of the same hooky pop/rock centered around adolescent love and heartache.
  7. This is not an album that you're going to come back to again and again. It's tuneful in places, but ultimately pretty vapid.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. ProSu
    May 23, 2009
    10
    Very catchy and uplifting at the most. Can revisit the album time and time again.
  2. danielle
    Dec 16, 2008
    10
    AMAZING! I didn't expect anything less from this talented group!
  3. Apr 9, 2011
    9
    very catchy and inspiring. love the band and the album. better than the second not as good as the first album. best song is damn girl. lovevery catchy and inspiring. love the band and the album. better than the second not as good as the first album. best song is damn girl. love the extras. Expand
  4. Ricki
    Feb 17, 2009
    8
    While the sound of this album hasnt evolved much since there last effort, the album delivers exactly what you expect from AAR. They havent While the sound of this album hasnt evolved much since there last effort, the album delivers exactly what you expect from AAR. They havent tried to change it up for the sake of it. Overall a satisfying album. Expand
  5. TomR
    Mar 7, 2009
    8
    A really nice, poppy sound. not quite as good as their previous one, but hey not many are.
  6. nellyg
    Feb 24, 2009
    8
    I liked MOST of the songs off this album. The only ones I didn't really like were BB Good, Got Me Going Crazy, and One Man Show. THe I liked MOST of the songs off this album. The only ones I didn't really like were BB Good, Got Me Going Crazy, and One Man Show. THe rest of them I thought were catchy, sweet, and suited for the age group they are aiming for. MY favorite songs were A Little Bit Longer, which is a VERY touching and heartfelt song, and Lovebug, which is sweet and acoustic with a surprising Queen-like rocker at the end. Overall, good if you are 18 and under and like pop music. Expand
  7. ChrisC
    Dec 17, 2008
    0
    This album is TERRIBLE. OH MY GOD way to go AAR. Congratulations. You disappeared for a year and a half, people wondered where you were, and This album is TERRIBLE. OH MY GOD way to go AAR. Congratulations. You disappeared for a year and a half, people wondered where you were, and then you came out with this. I'm surprised people aren't shooing you back into your cave. DISCLAIMER: I am a fan of this band, but of Move Along and the one before it. Not this stupid sh*t. Expand

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