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Kids in the Street

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2012 release, the fourth studio album from the Alt-Rock band. The album was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Greg Wells, who is known for his work with Adele, Katy Perry, and OneRepublic, among many others. According to lead singer Tyson Ritter, the album is very different to their past releases - including When the World Comes Down, in which the band experimented, sound-wise. Kids In The Street features the first single 'Beekeeper's Daughter'.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music
  • ASIN: B006WXW0FW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on April 27, 2012
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Back in 2002 when AAR first released their debut they reminded me of some 1980's bands that I grew up on as a kid. Of course, they were, and still are, the direct descendents of Blink 182 right down to the note. I like the band, but when I read that they are someone else's favorite band I cringe. I mean, how can a band that is so derivative of other bands before them be someone's favorite band?

Sadly, over the past decade, AAR have not really lived up to the potential I at first thought they had. They have pretty much played it safe, and they only released four albums over the past ten years. Strangely, for a band that consists of guys who grew up in Oklahoma they sound very L.A. They do not embrace their roots like Kings of Leon. And so, AAR remain an enjoyable snack rather than a full course meal.

This is not to say that the band has not tried, because they have. Beginning with their last album "When The World Comes Down", they started playing with their sound, tweaking it here and there with good results. Lyrically, the band is crippled by adolescent desires and college partying. They do not reach for something more meaningful or spiritual, they just stick with childish and naive lyrical outlooks. It is this alone that arrests the true development of this band. They could have been so much further along by now. I mean, Pink can run circles around these guys lyrically.

So here is "Kids In The Street", their fourth album. I bought the deluxe version with the bonus tracks. I went back and listened to all the other AAR albums to keep my criticism fresh. I listened to the new album over the past three weeks multiple times. I gave "Kids In The Street" more than enough time to marinate in my brain cells.
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I have been an All American Reject fan ever since their first album, Swing Swing. This album DID NOT disappoint me at all! I listen to this album constantly. I honestly do think The All American Rejects are getting better with time. They've always been great, but they just got better. Get this CD if you want to experience them again; if not, you're missing out!
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Since the AAR's first released Swing Swing, and their impressive debut, I've waited for them to hit a full length, multi-track stride encore. They've had mega hits (Move Along, Dirty Little Secret,Gives You Hell) but they really haven't had an end-to-end complete effort.

With Kids in the Street- I believe they have done so.

I also have to admit that the first time I listened to the CD, I wasn't impressed. Then I listened to it more- drawn back against efforts (such as the disappointing release by Neon Trees or the Shins) and listened to it more.

On Sirius XM, their recent release 'Walk over Me' is garnering play time. I personally love Gonzo (although I'm not sure it has commercial appeal), and think both 'Heartbeat Slowing Down' and 'Fast & Slow' are additional possible commercial successes.

However, while '1 hit' will ensure the viability of a 5th CD, the story of the work is the continuity of excellence between the first and last tracks- They're just all good. It's an evolutionary- but not revolutionary- departure from the sound they first exhibited on their debut... just as 'Achtung Baby' was for U2.

Will this be as transformational to AAR as 'Achtung Baby' was U2? Probably not commercially (I don't hear a track of the some evocative power as 'One', for example), but - as U2 notes- if not for the travails creating Achtung Baby (and surviving to create it) the band may have disbanded.

The rest is history- and here's hoping to many more fantastic AAR releases.
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LOVE! This is by far their best album. I'm not usually a fan of explicit language, but it somehow seems appropriate, when it's used.

My favs:
"Fast & Slow" - head-bopping, play-it-loud song. Very upbeat.
"Drown Next To Me" - gives me chills every time I hear it. The lyrics are incredible.
"Bleed Into Your Mind" - again with the lyrics.
"Someday's Gone" - your classic "I hate you b****" type of song.

There is a lot of someone's heart poured into some beautiful stories. This album will not disappoint!
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Being a 40 year old guy, I may not be the typical demographic for The All American Rejects. But since I first fell in love with Cheap Trick a long, long time ago, I have always been a sucker for fun, non serious bands with that great american "power pop" sound that developed in 70's from the wake left behind by the Beatles. And these guys have always been in that category carried forward by other bands such as Weezer and Fountains of Wayne. Kids in the Street is a great, great album that actually builds toward its end, not typical of most albums these days where the artists load everything at the front end. Starting with "Bleed into My Mind", things really pick up to a great end. Also, this is the first time I have ever listened to a bonus track that is better than anything on the main album. But "Drown Next to Me" is the best of the batch. The demo version of Somedays gone is actually better than the album version as well with a better start and end. So pay the extra and get those two tracks. Plenty of hooks and humor here.
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