Smile Kid

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Smile Kid
Studio album by We the Kings
Released December 8, 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop punk, power pop
Length 42:14
Label S-Curve, Virgin
Producer S*A*M and Sluggo
We the Kings chronology
Secret Valentine EP
(2008)
Smile Kid
(2009)
Sunshine State of Mind
(2011)
Singles from Smile Kid
  1. "Heaven Can Wait"
    Released: September 1, 2009
  2. "We'll Be a Dream"
    Released: March 2, 2010
  3. "She Takes Me High"
    Released: November 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press (3/5)[2]
Idobi 3/5 stars[3]

Smile Kid is the second studio album by American pop punk band We the Kings, released through S-Curve Records on December 8, 2009.[4] The album title comes from a lyric in the song "The Story of Your Life".

The album's first single was announced to be "Heaven Can Wait", in September 2009 it peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Heatseekers Songs chart and at number 32 on the Pop Songs chart.[5] Actress and singer Demi Lovato was also announced to be contributing guest vocals on album's song "We'll Be a Dream" which is the second single off the album. The band undertook a tour of the United States to support the album.[6]

The artwork for the album was released on November 8, 2009.[7] Following the release of a false track listing in October,[8] the official track listing was announced on November 17, 2009. The album was also originally scheduled to be released on November 17, but was corrected to be released on December 8, 2009.[4] Pre-orders of Smile Kid were available in two different packages.[9] The album was uploaded for streaming download on MySpace on December 8, 2009.[10]

Alternative Press reviewer Evan Lucy rated the album 3/5, saying that "Fans of We the Kings' debut will undoubtedly find something to hold onto with Smile Kid, but for those who were less than enamored with the band's pop-punk blend will likely stay that way." He said although the band "have expanded their previously narrow sound", he was still dissuaded by the band's failure to branch out musically; "Until the band are willing to step outside further outside the musical box and Clark is willing to belt it out, We the Kings will remain good, not great--and still on the verge of pop-punk royalty."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Travis Clark, all music composed by Clark, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "She Takes Me High"   4:06
2. "Promise the Stars" (Clark, Sam Hollander, Dave Katz) 4:36
3. "Heaven Can Wait" (Clark, Hollander, Katz) 3:31
4. "The Story of Your Life" (Clark, Hollander, Katz) 3:32
5. "Rain Falls Down"   4:31
6. "Summer Love"   3:25
7. "In-n-Out (Animal Style)" (Clark, Hollander, Katz) 3:08
8. "Spin"   3:59
9. "Anna Maria (All We Need)"   3:22
10. "We'll Be a Dream (featuring Demi Lovato)"   3:53
11. "What You Do to Me"   4:20
Total length:
42:14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Review: Smile Kid". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Lucy, Evan. "File Under: Pop-punk - We The Kings - Smile Kid". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  3. ^ McGrath, James. ""Smile Kid" solidifies We the Kings’ pop-punk image". Idobi Network. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "We the Kings' Smile, Kid Release Date Amendment - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  5. ^ "We the Kings Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  6. ^ "We The Kings releases new album today". Brandenton Herald. Retrieved 2009-12-09. [dead link]
  7. ^ "We The Artwork - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  8. ^ Ableson, Jon (2009-08-20). "We The Kings New Album Track Listing". Alter The Press!. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  9. ^ "We the Kings Pre-order - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  10. ^ "We The Streaming - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2012-03-09.