Kids in the Street Oklahoma's Rejects seem very much at odds with themselves on their fourth album, which reaches to reconcile their raw radio instincts with the acute studio… Kids in the Street Oklahoma's Rejects seem very much at odds with themselves on their fourth album, which reaches to reconcile their raw radio instincts with the acute studio… 2012-03-26 The All-American Rejects Rock Interscope
Music Review

Kids in the Street (2012)

REJECT 'KIDS' The tunes on the Rejects' fourth album are mostly suffocated by extraneous beats
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REJECT 'KIDS' The tunes on the Rejects' fourth album are mostly suffocated by extraneous beats
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 26, 2012; Lead Performance: The All-American Rejects; Genre: Rock; Production: Interscope

Oklahoma's Rejects seem very much at odds with themselves on their fourth album, which reaches to reconcile their raw radio instincts with the acute studio trickery of producer Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson). Or maybe they're just tired of struggling with all those fickle girls who won't text them back? Either way, too many tracks here are cloaked in unnecessary hoopla, suffocating the best songs' breezy sweetness. That makes blasts of pure blissful oxygen like ''Somebody's Gone'' and ''Beekeeper's Daughter" extra satisfying, but like most internal battles, Kids in the Street ends in a stalemate. B

Best Tracks:
Keyboard Anthem Heartbreak Slowing Down
Spacey Gonzo
Originally posted Mar 21, 2012 Published in issue #1200 Mar 30, 2012 Order article reprints
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