All-American Rejects’ ‘Kids In The Street’ Is The Band’s Best Effort. – Album Review

All-American Rejects’ “Kids In The Street” is exactly what music needs. In today’s pop music dominated industry, the Rejects bring a breath of fresh air to, not only the musical landscape, but to All-American Rejects’ fans.

Their fourth album, which drops Monday, March 26, 2012, captures the band’s hard work and dedication that they’ve incorporated since forming in 2003. I had the chance of interviewing guitarist Mike Kennerty and he said this about the album: “Each of our records has had its own distinct personality and ‘Kids In The Street’ is no different. Our last record, ‘When The World Comes Down,’ toyed with a lot of stylistic experiments. We learned a lot making that record and that experience became a great stepping stone for us to improve; it expanded even further on ‘Kids In The Street.’ This record is probably our most varied (which is saying something after ‘When The World Comes Down’), but I think it cohesively navigates and juggles different styles in a way none of our records have before.” (Read the rest of the interview here: The All-American Rejects Talk Music, ‘Kids In The Street’ and Staying Relevant. – Interview)

Right from the get go, the Rejects set the tone of “Kids In The Street” with the song, “Someday’s Gone,” a melodic and energetic song with catchy guitar riffs. “Kids In The Street” continues its attack on pop/punk music with “Beekeeper’s Daughter” and “Walk Over Me,” combining great lyrics with tuneful beats and soulful vocals.

What I love about this album is the vocal vitality of singer Tyson Ritter. His style complements the band’s playing and harmony and captures the feeling of old school rock modernized to be relevant in today’s culture. This ongoing change in styles was summed up by Kennerty: “This record exudes moods in a way we've never captured before. It also helps that we've yet to work with the same producer or in the same studio twice, so we're always faced with a fresh approach when we walk in to make a record. No two people work the same, so we're never able to work the same. It helps us avoid stagnation.”

The title track recapitulates the album, with Ritter singing about how things were back in the day when they were kids in the street. “Kids In The Street” represents the All-American Rejects’ best album musically. As much fun as the Rejects seem to have on this album, “Kids In The Street” is seriously a great effort, and one of the best of 2012.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at
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