Stillwater, Oklahoma is known for more than just Boomer Lake Park and the original Hideaway Pizza, it’s also known as the home to alternative, pop-punk band, The All-American Rejects. Outside of showcasing that I indeed know how to google the recreational attractions of specific midwestern cities, I’m quite familiar with this band in particular. Whether you consider the All-American Rejects to be a guilty-pleasure or you generally enjoy their assorted musings on life, love, and the pain in between, the band has proven to be a staple in the industry. Not only has Tyson Ritter’s band reached number 73 on Billboard’s Hottest Artists of the 2000s, they have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
Sure, their appearance in 2008’s The House Bunny might have been a bit too cringe worthy for my liking, but with a constantly evolving sound, for better or for worse, they’ve continued to catch both the mainstream’s and the more diehard fans of the genre’s attention.
Since the band’s inception in 1999, the All-American Rejects have released four studio albums: 2002’s The All-American Rejects, 2005’s Move Along, 2008’s When The World Comes Down and 2012’s Kids in the Street. Though the band is hinting that a new album is on the horizon, we’ll just rank their currently released ventures at the moment, from worst to best.
4). When The World Comes Down (2008)
Honestly, there’s not too much of a difference between their last two albums. Both of them are exceedingly middling, too often carrying an uneven combination of very good and heavily flawed. While previous albums released by the band are very uniform, cohesively structured and consistently produced, WTWCD often stumbles in those areas. The perfect example is the uneven “I Wanna,” which is undoubtedly catchy yet features lyrics that leave much to be desired, and are quite admittedly sung without too much fervor. On the plus side, tracks like the wildly successful “Gives You Hell” harken back to the good ol’ days of the band, and gives the album enough positives to counter its many, many negatives.
3). Kids in the Street (2012)
Though Kids in the Street rehashes many of the mistakes of its predecessors, it builds to a more satisfying conclusion with a more mature sound, if you could possibly use the term “mature” while referring to this band. It’s a bit less detached and more enjoyable from start to finish. The main knock I would have on this album is that it’s overwhelmingly forgettable at times. However, “Someday’s Gone” is a stand-out that feels like it could fit in seamlessly on the next album on this list.