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While comparisons to nerd-rock dandies Weezer are probably inevitable for the fabulously named All-American Rejects, discerning listeners will note that where the cheeky lyrics about painfully awkward love end, the group's rhythmic force picks up, positioning the Oklahoma crew more as a geeky Green Day than the above-named preppy pop dabblers. No shame in that--on their major label debut, the All-American Rejects marry punk and pop with a clear sense of purpose and no particular loyalty to either form, cherry-picking the best of each and arriving at a spiky, effervescent middle ground. Singer Tyson Ritter is especially convincing in his role as hapless lover. But on tracks like the muscular "Too Far Gone" and the vaguely orchestral "The Last Song," Ritter's comrades drive the whole shebang home with instrumental freight. And you'd have to be pretty hard-hearted not to find yourself echoing the sing-singy strains of "Swing Swing" and "My Paper Heart." Fans of ironic pop--Box Car Racer, Fountains of Wayne, and their ilk--get crackin'. --Kim Hughes

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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • ASIN: B000087QQK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (746 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's a catchy tune to every song and the lyrics are just great.
I have recommended it to many and all have been satisfied...It's one of the few CD's I can love every song...and listen to the album continously OVER & OVER!!!
I first heard Swing, Swing on MTV one day and immediatly went out and bought their album and fell in love with it.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Blight on June 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A few months ago, I heard "Swing, Swing" for the first time and knew I had to buy this album. Though I had never heard of the All-American Rejects before, the adept songwriting and melodic punk-pop sound of "Swing, Swing" somehow had me knowing (after only one listen) that this would be a great album.
My instincts were right. The All-American Rejects' debut simply cannot be rejected. Ever since I bought this CD a couple of months ago, it has been a regular spin on my CD player.
This album consists entirely of songs with memorable hooks, up-tempo rhythms, melodic punk-pop choruses, and infectious lyrics. The album has been well-produced, enhancing the overall packaging of each song. More importantly, it's remarkable that such a young band has demonstrated these sophisticated pop sensibilities in their songwriting. The album contains eleven laudable songs, each of which is a worthy listen in its own right. Lead singer Tyson Ritter never misses a note, even transitioning in and out of falsetto, and the band adroitly blends hard driving guitars with keyboards and even orchestral arrangements. What's not to like?
With this debut album, the All-American Rejects have demonstrated they have sharp musical senses. Their music compares favorably with any emo-type artist you hear on today's radio. Between the band's natural musical talent and its alignment with today's hottest commercial sound, it wouldn't surprise me to hear more from the All-American Rejects. This young band is poised to make it big.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Volpe on November 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If anyone would have told me that I would end up buying The All-American Rejects' album, I probably would have laughed in their face. I mean, I loved "Swing, Swing" and all, but owning the whole album? Not likely. Who are these guys anyway?
Well, something happened and I decided I was in need of some new music, so I decided to buy it. Turns out, I was happily surprised to find out that I just adore every song on the album (pretty much equally). The lead singer's voice is just very captivating, melodic, and powerful. Each song is very catchy and gut-wrenching at the same time...a GREAT driving record, in my opinion. It's definitely not an album that will be making history any time soon, but if you are looking for something to just listen to all the way through and enjoy, buy this. It's really worth a least.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on May 4, 2003
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Praise: For a debut this is solid material. The band puts their sweat and energy into this cd making it an enjoyable ride. Start to finish there isn't a clunker on this disc. They should have many more hits from here aside from "Swing, Swing". Standout tracks include "My Paper Heart", "Swing, Swing", "Time Stands Still", "One More Sad Song", "The Last Song".
Criticism: All American Rejects strongly resemble Blink 182, Green Day, and other modern punk bands of today. They also don't stray too far from their formula, leaving the songs to blur from one to the other.
Conclusion: Buy this cd. It's enjoyable to listen to when you compare it to all the dull music out right now. It's not the best this band can do, but it's a great start. All American Rejects caught my attention because they reminded me of old school new wave/punk like The Cars, The Cure, New Order.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Perry M. Koons on February 23, 2005
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I wanted to hate this record, I really did. After hearing about how these guys were "emo" and sounded like all of the boring, cheesy pop punk on the radio today, I didn't buy this until about a year and a half after its release, and even then it was only for $1 in a used CD store "for a laugh". Surprise surprise, its a tight record of compact power pop songs brimming with emotion and pure enjoyment. The album is vaguely reminiscent of one of my all-time favorites, Candy's "Whatever Happened to Fun?", in that underneath the deceptively simple and upbeat song structures lie serious emotional themes. Lyrics and key words are repeated - "breathe," "fade," "cheating," "crying," "away" and many more. It's almost as if they wanted to create an epic album, as evidenced by the full production and dramatic vocals, but when they got to the lyrics department they couldn't think of anything except how much some girl hurt them. And that's kind of a cute premise, if ultimately a bit melodramatic. Now, I understand that pushes the record dangerously close to hideous "emo," and maybe in the lyrics that's fine. But rest assured that this is musically closer to Jimmy Eat World (great band) than Dashboard or any similarly styled artless bleeding heart garbage. It doesn't hurt that the band is so clearly tuned in to the classic pop-rock of Rick Springfield and Def Leppard, and this album should appeal to fans of those artists as much as any of the teen beat stuff around now. Overall, I only found one clunker on the whole record ("Drive Away" is silly Good Charlotte cheese, but even my favorite Candy record had ONE dud). The rest is proof that even silly teenagers can create enjoyable melodic rock, and maybe even mean something while doing it.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reynolds on April 18, 2003
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I find myself listening to this CD a lot, it's a chill album. They've been compared to Blink and Green Day (I love both)...but they sound nothing alike All-American Rejects, totally different styles of music. I don't know what bands to compare the AAR with... they're just original. It's a great CD, 5 star worthy in fact! ...
My Paper Heart- Good lyrics, repeats the chorus a lot, but good singing, good guitar work, and good drumming, good emo song
Your Star- Great song, well written music with okay lyrics, good guitar work
Swing, Swing- Their first single, good emo song, good drumming...again, song repeats the chorus a lot, I'm getting a little sick of this song (only because I've heard it so many times now)-Still a good song
Time Stands Still- One of my favorites on the entire CD, good lyrics- nice choice of words like "epitome of perfection", good drumming and singing, great song!
One More Sad Song- Faster song, best lyric: "all the perfect words they seem so wrong", awesome lyrics-well written, awesome drumming and guitars!
Why Worry- Nice acoustic guitar in the begining, okay lyrics, not my favorite song but still a pretty good song, another well written song, best lyric: "angry and gone and the list goes on and on"
Don't Leave Me- Great drumming and guitars, awesome lyrics, Tyson has a great voice, little faster song, one of my favorites
Too Far Gone- Starts slow then speeds up, okay song, okay lyrics
Drive Away- The best song on this album! well written, great singing, guitars, drums...everything, I love it, I sing it in my head a lot, catchy song
Happy Endings- The beging of the song is really cool, I don't really like the counting thing in the chorus, still a very good song, best lyric: "my love for you is sinking to what seems an all-time low... or high", this song will get stuck in your head
The Last Song- Good ending for this CD, I like this song, well written, good drumming tabs
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