When The World Comes Down - The All-American Rejects

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. While World is simply a fun pop record at its core, the effort, time and most importantly, experience (gleaned both from the members' extracurricular projects and the near-decade they've been together) that went into its making clearly sets AAR apart from newer bands who keep attempting to capture this same sound with much less ambition.
  2. If sonic similitude is any indicator of future successes, When the World Comes Down will only cement the band's top-of-the-heap status.
  3. It’s completely clear and even traditional pop music, but those over 16 will likely have no use for it.
  4. While it's easy to digest, When the World Comes Down never quite ignites like their last one.
  5. The Rejects are best at small ideas with a long shelf life. "World" forgets that at points.
  6. The manicured hooks on their third album show off AAR's drive, but the songs also show how normal these Oklahoma boys are, as songwriters and humans.
  7. 60
    Working with Good Charlotte producer Eric Valentine, the Rejects trick out their hook-jammed anthems with sweet strings, zippy disco beats, and the occasional bit of Gary Glitter bleacher stomp.
  8. When the World Comes Down doesn't evince much growth, proffering more of the same hooky pop/rock centered around adolescent love and heartache.
  9. When the World Comes Down houses a pretty vacuous core. If you are young and/or naïve enough to dig this whole shtick, though, you’re going to have the time of your life.
  10. 50
    Anything involving a string section is disastrous, but a couple of choruses are suitable for both raucous fist-pumping and rampant pouting.
  11. Discerning fans may demand something new from the band's next effort, however, since this is essentially "Move Along" with a revised track list.
  12. This is not an album that you're going to come back to again and again. It's tuneful in places, but ultimately pretty vapid.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Apr 9, 2011
    very catchy and inspiring. love the band and the album. better than the second not as good as the first album. best song is damn girl. love the extras. Full Review »
  2. ProSu
    May 23, 2009
    Very catchy and uplifting at the most. Can revisit the album time and time again.
  3. TomR
    Mar 7, 2009
    A really nice, poppy sound. not quite as good as their previous one, but hey not many are.