Move Along

Move Along

by The All-American RejectsThe All-American Rejects


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The All-American Rejects' effervescent 2003 hit "Swing Swing" sounded like a pop-punk adaptation of Better Than Ezra, and their sophomore effort makes this mix even more apparent. The earnest racket of an outfit like the Get Up Kids is also a component in Move Along's sound. But the Rejects blend and sculpt those influences with keyboards, choirs, pianos -- there's even a classical guitar on "Top of the World" -- and the result is superficial midrange pop with appeal for a general audience of casual listeners. (Fans of Wakefield, Something Corporate, Switchfoot, and American Hi-Fi should take note.) The Rejects rock out a little on "Night Drive," "Dirty Little Secret," and "I'm Waiting" -- the guitars crackle anxiously, and Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler's breathy harmonies soar like they mean it. There's also distortion somewhere in "Stab My Back," but it's buried under acoustic guitars, vocal overdubs, and mournful keyboards. Move Along has some memorable hooks, such as those on the title track or "Change Your Mind" -- and, living up to its title, it moves along efficiently, usually keeping the pace at a snappy midtempo. The songs are also impeccably arranged, even if they're relentlessly processed and some of the instrumentation seems like overkill. (A children's choir? Come on....) In other words, it's easy to like the All-American Rejects if you're looking for 21st century mainstream rock that takes very, very few chances but does offer solid melodies and easy to swallow take/break and night/flight rhyme schemes.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2005
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602498823781
catalogNumber: 000479102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

All-American Rejects   Primary Artist
Howard Benson   Keyboards,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Paul DeCarli   Keyboards
Jamie Muhoberac   Piano
Keith Nelson   Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping
Bobbi Page   Choir, Chorus
Michael Mayo   Children's Chorus
Deena Anderson   Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping
Tyson Ritter   Bass,Theremin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nick Wheeler   Banjo,Guitar,Keyboards,Sitar,Classical Guitar,Electric Sitar,Talk Box
Mike Kennerty   Guitar
Chris Gaylor   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Deborah Lurie   Conductor
Zoe Merrill   Children's Chorus
Aaron Page   Children's Chorus
Benjamin Byram   Children's Chorus
Haeley Moore   Children's Chorus

Technical Credits

Howard Benson   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Paul DeCarli   Programming
Keith Nelson   Guitar Techician
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Chris Bilheimer   Art Direction
Tyson Ritter   Composer
Nick Wheeler   Composer,Programming
Deborah Lurie   String Arrangements

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