Keven's Music Review: THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS – Kids in The Street

The upcoming fourth studio album from The All-American Rejects sounds like a musical version of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory if they substituted candy for sex. 'Kids in The Street' is the band's best effort to date and a rock and roll opus that is best played loud as hell and all the way through.

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The All-American Rejects have always been discredited with every release and compared to every other artist in the game and yet they've outlasted every single one of their peers. 'Kids in The Street' is their most powerful and well rounded release yet because of the bold creative moves and freedom in the studio. They've crafted a beautifully uplifting slice of rock and roll.

Producer Greg Wells (Adele, OneRepublic) has done an amazing job with All-American Rejects by opening up their minds and allowing them to do a bit more creative exploring. The end result is one of the best albums of 2012 so far and a musical journey that should be taken by anyone who appreciates the mid-nineties jams that alternative bands used to turn out all the time. 'Kids in The Street' is an upbeat, fun and strange album that will get you off your ass and enjoying life.

That being said, the lyrics aren't always uplifting which makes for the catchy as hell musical backdrop to come off as a little strange, but that's what makes the record so glorious. Songs like 'Beekeeper's Daughter', 'Out The Door' and 'Fast & Slow' are some of the most energetic in the band's catalog yet. While emotion seeps through in such epic ways to 'Someday's Gone', 'Heartbeat Slowing Down' and the experimental 'Bleed Into Your Mind'.

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There is this underlying feeling of oldschool blues that drives the charged rock throughout 'Kids in The Street' while the slower tracks tend to utilize more unusual methods of sound to great effectiveness. The All-American Rejects have stepped outside their comfort zone and by freeing their minds, they've concocted a mesmerizing album. When I interviewed drummer Chris Gaylor he reaffirmed that 'Kids in The Street' should be listened to as a whole and I agree 100%.

The All-American Rejects - 'Kids in The Street' will be available for purchase March 26th worldwide and March 27th in the United States.

1. "Someday's Gone"
2. "Beekeeper's Daughter"
3. "Fast and Slow"
4. "Heartbeat Slowing Down"
5. "Walk Over Me"
6. "Out the Door"
7. "Kids in the Street"
8. "Bleed into Your Mind"
9. "Gonzo"
10. "Affection"
11. "I for You"

5 Stars