Well they have finally done it. The All American Rejects have released a consistently good album. Their past three Albums have all produced some fantastic tracks but they have also given us some tracks we’d rather just forget about. Kids in the Street is not one of those albums. Each track stands on its on but also has it’s place in the family of 11 tracks that make up the album. The album is produced by Greg Wells, who is known for his work with big pop artist such as Adele, Katy Perry and Pink. I think Wells’ Pop sensibilities gave AAR the twist they needed to create a diverse and memorable album…
With more diversity than a Sydney college Campus ‘Kids in the Street’ starts hard a loud with the intro to Someday’s Gone blasting into your ears with it’s catchy chorus and Tyson Ritter’s high notes toward then. Then things take a turn for the poppier. Lead Single ‘Beekeeper’s Daughter’ is the probably the most radio friendly AAR have been in their whole career. Although corny in some parts, They manage to keep it poppy without sacrificing their integrity. The Killers-esque ‘fast and slow’ shows that not every song needs to be loud and upbeat to get your attention. A good love making song right there.
From the bass like synth in ‘Heartbeat Slowing Down’ to Tyson Ritter pulling of a perfect Freddy Mercury in the bridge of ‘Walk Over Me’, The All American Rejects have got all their bases covered and loaded. And with Greg Wells at the helm of production he brings songs a complete new life that you wouldn’t expect to come from AAR, like the space like synth in Gonzo which then blasts into a huge bridge which leads way for what is probably AAR’s biggest chorus to date.
All in All, Kids in the Street has proved to be the biggest surprise for me in 2012 so far. It may contain a little bit of corn, but it’s the most diverse and consistently good album to date by the band and I recommend everyone