When the World Comes Down

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When the World Comes Down
Studio album by The All-American Rejects
Released December 16, 2008
Recorded 2008 at Barefoot Recording, Los Angeles, CA
Genre
Length 45:35
Label
Producer Eric Valentine
The All-American Rejects chronology
The Bite Back EP
(2005)
When the World Comes Down
(2008)
Gives You Hell: The Remixes
(2009)
Singles from When the World Comes Down
  1. "Gives You Hell"
    Released: September 30, 2008
  2. "The Wind Blows"
    Released: April 21, 2009
  3. "I Wanna"
    Released: June 8, 2009

When the World Comes Down is the third studio album by American rock band The All-American Rejects, released December 16, 2008 by Interscope Records.[1]

The album was named one of the Alternative Press most anticipated albums of the year.

Composition and recording[edit]

The All-American Rejects first began writing material for what would become When the World Comes Down at the end of December 2006, when they wrapped up their Tournado tour. In spite of this, it took the band nearly a year to get into the studio, with shows and tours frequently being offered. Twelve songs were completed for the album, a process that took over two years. The first song written for the record was the album opener, "I Wanna". The song took over six months to record, in studio as well as a tour bus. "I Wanna" was written in Florida, followed by the rock ballad titled "Back To Me". Also written on a tour bus was the song "Breakin'", which came together from many different ideas circulating through the quartet. Two important tracks on When the World Comes Down, "Gives You Hell" and "Another Heart Calls", were written during a road trip to Vancouver.

In an interview with She Knows Entertainment, Ritter commented "I think When the World Comes Down has been a journey. I was 23 when I started writing this record. I'm 24 now. I guess...people say when you graduate college you figure out who you are. If I had graduated college, this would be that moment – now. I think I was most questioning life when I was getting off the road with Move Along and this record was therapy for me. It's everything I needed it to be for me." [2]

The second track on the album, "Fallin' Apart", was recorded during the band's escape into the mountains of Georgia. In Rabun County, "Fallin' Apart" was experimented with and played around with before achieving the final product, a process described by singer/bassist Tyson Ritter as "Old School". Also written in Rabun County, was the song "Mona Lisa". The song's title originates from Ritter's view of the song, as the band's perfect, simple work of art. Online music stores have since tagged "(When the World Comes Down)" onto the title, since this phrase is taken from the song itself. "Mona Lisa" was tracked live in studio, which was a first for The All-American Rejects.

Many components of When the World Comes Down was recorded at the famed Skywalker Ranch, in San Rafael, California. There at the large John Williams scoring room, the gang vocals for "Gives You Hell" were recorded, as well as three separate drum tracks for songs such as "Real World".[3]

The 16-piece orchestra featured on When the World Comes Down was recorded at Warner Brothers Studios, Burbank, California, on the eastwood scoring stage. Here, orchestration for the tracks "Another Heart Calls", "Sunshine", and "Real World" was recorded. The orchestra is the most evident in "Sunshine", being a main component of the song.

Most of all other material on the album was recorded at Barefoot Studios, owned by the album's producer, Eric Valentine. Here songs were finished such as the song "Believe". After one take of the drum track, two other drum parts were completed by the end of the day. To drummer Chris Gaylor's dismay, the first version was originally chosen. Another song, "Damn Girl", was created around a chorus that Ritter had in mind from the start. The song begins with a dual intro with rhythm guitarist Mike Kennerty using an electric guitar, and Tyson Ritter on a synthesizer. "The Wind Blows" was a song originally written for pop singer Gwen Stefani. It was turned down, but later transformed into a vital link for the climax of When the World Comes Down. After a 30-second track of silence, the hidden track "Sunshine", written in San Francisco, plays abruptly. The song doesn't include drums, a position taken by percussion instruments such as shakers, and features an orchestration.

An acknowledgment to the album regarding to the recording process is the overall sound quality of the album. Many fans and audiophiles alike have noticed that most of the songs on the album are recorded and mixed well, the album is agreeably not engaged in Loudness War, a modern recording technique which maximizes the overall loudness of the track on the expense of less punch, clarity and dynamics. Using music recording and editing software such as the freely available Audacity, one can see that the waveform of the song "Gives You Hell" and many other tracks on the album shows soft and loud parts with many "peaks and dips" which suggests punch and clarity of the instruments, which is rare among modern rock recordings. The track "Another Heart Calls" starts off very soft and gradually gets louder towards the end of the track, proving that almost no or little "loudness maximizing" has been used.

Marketing and release[edit]

As a way to maintain fans' interest, the The All-American Rejects highlighted their record making process through live internet broadcasts, providing a direct look into the record-making process. To further promote the band, the Rejects also shot a Got Milk? ad.[4] They also released two song previews, of the demos for "Mona Lisa" and "Sierra's Song". Many fans believed that the song "Sunshine" on When the World Comes Down was "Sierra's Song" with a revised title, but this in not true. The actual "Sierra's Song" was completed, but wasn't used for When the World Comes Down. It eventually found its way onto the soundtrack for the television show 90210. "The Real World" was featured in the game Madden NFL 09 as the demo version, being the second The All-American Rejects song to be featured in a Madden NFL game ("Night Drive" was featured in Madden NFL 06)

The All-American Rejects also held an interview with Entertainment Weekly to further promote the record, stating that "It's like nothing you've ever heard". The band talked about how the songs were put together and how it is different from Move Along. The album version of the song "Real World" was released as downloadable content for Rock Band on December 2. On December 11 the lyrics to all of the songs on When the World Comes Down were posted on the band's official website, 30-second clips of the songs were also released on their official MySpace page.[citation needed] The entire album was released on their MySpace the following day.[citation needed]

From the profits of When the World Comes Down, The All-American Rejects donated 10% of total earnings to Feed the Children. Also to promote the album, the band held karaoke competitions, drawing competitions, and song competitions. Later on they released a site called AAR Street Team where fans can enter contests, blog, and chat.

When the World Comes Down was released in Australia on January 10, 2009. Then in the UK the album was released on February 9, 2009, a week after "Gives You Hell" was released there. Although it was only available in a single edition, the album contained demo tracks that featured on Deluxe U.S. Version, as well as an exclusive UK only remix of "The Wind Blows", and a demo track of a song titled "Here I Sit".

Singles[edit]

The single "Gives You Hell" was released on September 30, 2008 as a digital download. "Gives You Hell" was serviced to mainstream radio on October 7, 2008. "Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down)" was released as a digital single on November 18, 2008, before the release of When the World Comes Down to promote the album. Later on April 21, 2009, "The Wind Blows" was released to mainstream radio as the All-American Rejects' second single from World. "I Wanna" was released throughout the UK and Australia on June 8, 2009. The song "Real World" was released as a promotional single about a month later on July 8[5] in the United States. Real World" gained recognition on the playlist of Modern Rock radio station KTCL FM in Denver, Colorado, being one of the top spinned songs. It also was briefly included in the playlists of Modern Rock stations KYSR in Los Angeles and KCNL in San Jose, California.[6][7] "Real World" was also including the 2009 soundtrack to "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" as the 9th track. Later in July, "I Wanna" was released as the third U.S. headlining single from When the World Comes Down on July 27, 2009.[8]

Music videos[edit]

On November 3, 2008 the band released their first music video for the record, "Gives You Hell", on Yahoo! Music. The band also released a second video for "Mona Lisa", which was released on the deluxe iTunes version of the album. The video for the Rejects next single "The Wind Blows" was released on April 27, 2009 directed by Rich Lee. Rich Lee also directed the "I Wanna" music video, which was released throughout the UK in support of the song. The video was also picked up by the U.S. iTunes. Also, for a U.S. release, another "I Wanna" music video has been released, directed by Paul Hunter. No form of a music video produced for it the promo single "Real World".

Reception[edit]

Critic reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[10]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[11]
Consequence of Sound 0.5/5 stars[12]
Entertainment Weekly B-[13]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[14]
musicOMH 2/5 stars[15]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[16]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[17]
Spin (6/10)[18]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[19]

The album so far has a score of 64 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[9] The Boston Herald gave it a B- and stated, "there are tracks that showcase their amalgam of bubblegum-pop and hair metal, as well as their penchant for corn-fed power ballads. But the rest is a departure."[20] Melodic gave it a score of four stars out of five and said, "You could fool anyone with this being a Greatest Hits collection because the new songs are that good!"[21] The Boston Globe gave it a favorable review and said that the album "will only cement the band's top-of-the-heap status."[22] RedRecords gave it a score of 90% and said it "isn’t an amazing album based on how far and deep the band goes into perfecting their genre, it is an amazing album because it sounds great and diverse. There are no boring tracks (though there are some filler tracks, even they’re listenable) and there isn’t a dictating genre to keep everything in line. The lyrics are okay, nothing poor but nothing great, and the production is incredible."[23] Rock Sound gave it a score of seven out of ten and called it "A-class power-pop of the standard so many other bands reach for but can never attain."[24]

The New York Times gave it a positive review and called it "completely clear and even traditional pop music, but those over 16 will likely have no use for it."[9] Billboard gave it an average review and said that the album "doesn't evince much growth, proffering more of the same hooky pop/rock centered around adolescent love and heartache."[9] However, Blender gave it two-and-a-half stars out of five and said, "Anything involving a string section is disastrous, but a couple of choruses are suitable for both raucous fist-pumping and rampant pouting."[9]

Chart performance[edit]

In its debut week, When the World Comes Down sold over 112,000 copies to place at number 15 on the Billboard 200.[25] Sales were much larger than the 90,000 shifted by their previous album, Move Along. Up to January 7, 2009 it sold 76,923 more copies.[26] As of June 2009, the album had only sold 422,000 copies,[27] which is contrary to the band's previous two albums, both selling a half-million copies in its first two months.[28] The album was still a big seller for the year, and on the Billboard 200 albums of 2009, When the World Comes Down was ranked #69.[29] On May 25, 2010, When the World Comes Down was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Nick Wheeler and Tyson Ritter. 

No. Title Length
1. "I Wanna"   3:29
2. "Fallin' Apart"   3:27
3. "Damn Girl"   3:52
4. "Gives You Hell"   3:33
5. "Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down)"   3:15
6. "Breakin'"   3:59
7. "Another Heart Calls" (featuring The Pierces) 4:08
8. "Real World"   4:03
9. "Back to Me"   4:29
10. "Believe"   3:28
11. "The Wind Blows"   4:22
12. "Sunshine" (hidden track) 3:00

Notes[edit]

  • Thirty seconds of silence is featured between tracks 11 and 12 on the CD release of the album.
  • Bonus Computer Content on all CD Deluxe Editions and the UK album (which is essentially a deluxe version) includes the videos "Track by Track with Tyson and Nick", the "Mona Lisa" music video, the "Gives You Hell" MTV edit music video, and "The Making of Gives You Hell". The former two videos can be downloaded onto the computer from the website, as well as from the iTunes Deluxe Edition. Lastly, the Bonus Computer Content website features a small picture gallery with pictures that can be set as wallpapers on the computer.

Credits[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Canada December 16, 2008 CD, digital download, 12" vinyl DGC, Geffen, Interscope
United States
Australia January 10, 2009 CD, digital download DGC, Interscope
New Zealand
Austria February 5, 2009
Germany
United Kingdom February 9, 2009 Polydor
Europe February 22, 2009 DGC, Interscope
Japan April 1, 2009
France May 19, 2009

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