Alternative Rock album by The All-American Rejects
With "Move Along", Oklahomas The ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS unleash the much-awaited follow-up to now Platinum plus self-titled debut.Produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Hoobastank), "Move Along" is poised to vault the bands finely … see full wiki
Why aren't we hearing more about this band? I was highly impressed by their first CD, "The All-American Rejects," and hoped they'd really stick to their sound for their second release. Well, this one was different. At the first listen, I didn't like it. After a few more listens, the sound of this album caught on, and I think some praise are in order.
The first album sounded a bit commercial. It was very safe-sounding, something that'd appeal to young teen girls. This one doesn't seem to abide by that formula. It's a hard rocking sound, perhaps following in the footsteps of such groups like Franz Ferdinand, the Killers and the others ushering in this new era of music that goes back to great sounds that are less in the mainstream of today's music.
It's four stars simply because it is sort of short. It would have been nice to have had a few more tracks. Yet, I don't think the shortness takes away that much from the album. The music is great, and the time flies by, but everything is rather high-quality. There are some slower songs, such as "Straitjacket Feeling" and "It Ends Tonight." Vocally, I think this is a great CD. Tyson's voice is raw and real, which plays well with this band's sound. Nothing is really touched-up, you get that they're trying to be sincere and connect with the audience. Some of the stand-out tracks are:
3. "Move Along" is where the album really starts to pick-up. It's a fast paced song, big sound, has a nice drum/beat that keeps it going, sounds like something out of 80s or early 90s. I love the female singing along during the chorus.
4. "It Ends Tonight" is perhaps one of the best songs, if not the best, on the album. Driven mostly by piano, Tyson's voice is loud and drips with emotion. Sort of a sappy love song, reminds me of something Bon Jovi would do, the lyrics are simple BUT they really work with this song. Well produced and a must hear.
5. "Change Your Mind" Starts off with a plucking sound before it leads into the commercial rock/pop sound that filled their last album. It's an okay song where the music sort of is the best thing about the song.
6. "Night Drive" is like a rock-version of Gwen Stefani's "Hollerback Girl." It starts off with a stomping/clapping sound and is dominated by drums and guitar. The vocals are good, it's rather staccato, choppy sounding, but good.
7. "11:11 p.m." is a good song, sounds like an 80s/90s rock song with the driving beat, the ticking sounds, the moments where there's nothing there to fill the void but vocals. It's definately one of the more interesting songs. It's fun, it gets you moving, well produced.
12. "Can't Take It" is perhaps the most gutsy song on the album. It's not really a rock ballad, but it has a symphonic sound along with a basic piano melody and Tyson's big voice. It was definately interesting that they chose this song to end on, but it's the other song in the running for being the best on the album.
"Move Along" is interesting because it sounds as if the band is trying to 'move along'to find their own sound. It comes out sounding like an experimental album. It sounds a bit dated to me, simply because they're playing with an 80s/90s pop-rock sound that sometimes reminds me of Bon Jovi, Blondie, the Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20 and a lot of groups in between. This is definately one of the best CDs I've heard this year and one that everyone should get their hands on. It's definately worth your time and money.