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.

Production[edit]

The All-American Rejects began writing material for their third studio album in late December 2006 after wrapping up their Tournado tour, and continued through into the new year. But due to further touring and promotion for their second album Move Along, the band did not enter the studio until nearly a year later. This was also the first time lyricists Nick Wheeler and Tyson Ritter tried new methods of writing by "escaping" to various regional areas in North America to conceive new lyrics so that the songs could sound "honest".

The first songs to be written that made it onto the album were "I Wanna", "Back to Me", and "Breakin'". While "I Wanna" was written over a six-month period, with Ritter making constant refinements, the following songs "Gives You Hell" and "Another Heart Calls" were all written during a road trip to Vancouver, Canada, with "Fallin' Apart" and "Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down)" getting scored in Rabun County, Georgia, the latter of which was recorded live in one take. The album was later named When the World Comes Down as Ritter saw the title track as "a perfect, simple work of art".

The All-American Rejects began recording for When the World Comes Down at Skywalker Ranch in San Rafael, California[2] and later at Barefoot Studios with producer Eric Valentine. The 16-piece orchestra featured on a dozon of the tracks was recorded at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California.

In an interview with She Knows Entertainment, Ritter commented "I think When the World Comes Down has been a journey. I was twenty-three when I started writing this record. I'm twenty-four now... 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."[3]

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]

"Gives You Hell" was premiered as the album's lead single on September 30, 2008 and was met with critical and commercial success, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Adult Top 40 and Mainstream Top 40 charts in the United States. A music video followed its release on November 3, 2008, with an alternative version premiering in January 2009. "Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down)" was released November 18, 2008 along with its music video as a promotional single prior to the album's release. "The Wind Blows" was released as the album's second single on April 21, 2009 and was swiftly followed by the release of its music video on April 27, an alternative version was published the following October.

On June 8, 2009, the album's opening track "I Wanna" was released as its third and final single,[5] charting at #15 on the Australian Singles chart and reaching the top 30 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts in the U.S. Two music videos (aimed at different music markets) followed the single's release; the first one premiered the following mid-July, while the second was released on October 13, 2009. "Real World" was later released as a second promotional single on July 8, 2009.[6] The track succeeded as a radio single in the U.S. by featuring on the playlists of Modern Rock stations KYSR and KCNL[7] and featuring on the soundtrack to the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Reception[edit]

Critic reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[9]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[10]
Consequence of Sound 0.5/5 stars[11]
Entertainment Weekly B-[12]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[13]
musicOMH 2/5 stars[14]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[15]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[16]
Spin (6/10)[17]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[18]

The album so far has a score of 64 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[8] 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."[19] 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!"[20] The Boston Globe gave it a favorable review and said that the album "will only cement the band's top-of-the-heap status."[21] 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."[22] 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."[23]

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."[8] 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."[8] 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."[8]

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.[24] 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.[25] As of June 2009, the album had only sold 422,000 copies,[26] which is contrary to the band's previous two albums, both selling a half-million copies in its first two months.[27] 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.[28] 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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