To be honest I have never seen the greatness of The All-American Rejects. The band has sold over ten million albums, which is very impressive in these times, but for me also very surprising. The band has obviously delivered a bunch of catchy tracks like "Give You Hell", "Dirty Little Secret" and "Move Along", but it is still pretty standard pop in my ears.
Their latest album Kids In The Street is a little different and shows a new side of the band. It's a little more alternative and more mature than before, where their strong power-pop influences are more or less completely blown away. Instead, the band tries to mix jazz, new wave and a small dose of 90's rock with their patented pop and does it in a cool way. It's exciting and entertaining where everyone can find something they like, as the album is very diverse in terms of style.
But unfortunately is the level of the songs way to low and is quite convinced that the album will flop. There are too many useless tracks like "Bleed Into Your Mind" and "Gonzo" where the band feels more confused that creative. Nor is it possible to mix as much as they do with one songs sounding like The Cars for on the next track be close to Queen. No, it's clearly their worst album so far, and they should definitely go into the studio as soon as possible as this album will not generate enough hits.