All American Rejects are back from an extended break, to release their first album in four years, Kids in the Street.
With that, All American Rejects release a rather timid album with strong lyrics but diluted melodies. They try to expand their sound a little bit. You can experience that in Beekeeper’s Daughter, with an empathetic chorus and a bit of ska leanings with horns and orchestral string sounds. Affection is a nice little ballad that cries back to small intimate-room crooners of the 60′s, with a twinge of background vocals and strings elongating the song. But everything is so bland and cookie-cutter, and a lot of that has to do with the exaggerated production style, done over by Greg Wells, the guy famous for turning Adele into a sensation, and methodically crafting her sound from intimate brooding melody-infused balladry to overtly top 40- for better or worse.
Ryan Merkel is a cool writer guy and contributor all over the internet, from blogs on music to magazines about music to sites about playing music. He is currently founder of SunState Investing and is head editor of the music entertainment magazine, CultureTease. He has written two novels, and is currently working on a third full-length novel, surprisingly, not about music. His novel “Splatter the Noise” earned accolades for independent publishing. Be sure to check out: www.sunstateinvesting.com
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