Move Along

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Move Along
Move Along (The All-American Rejects album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by The All-American Rejects
Released July 12, 2005
Recorded 2004–05 at Bay 7 Studios, Valley Village and Sparky Dark Studio, Calabasas, California, United States
Length 42:09
Producer Howard Benson
The All-American Rejects chronology
The All-American Rejects
Move Along
The Bite Back EP
Singles from Move Along
  1. "Dirty Little Secret"
    Released: June 6, 2005
  2. "Move Along"
    Released: February 27, 2006
  3. "It Ends Tonight"
    Released: September 19, 2006

Move Along is the second studio album by American rock band The All-American Rejects, released on July 12, 2005 by Interscope Records. It spawned three top 15 singles which helped the album ship 2 million units to be certified double platinum by the RIAA.


The All-American Rejects began writing new material for their second album in the fall of 2003, with the song "Dance Inside" being the first written and performed by the band during their then-current tour.[1] After the end of their tour, the band's song writers Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler spent the majority of 2004 writing more new material in their homes in Destin, Florida. The album was influenced by Lit's A Place in the Sun (1999).[2] Production for the album in Burbank, California the following December, taking a majority of seven weeks to record. The songs recorded were then mixed in March 2005.[3] "We were gone for a year and a half," says Ritter. "We were petrified. But now we feel like everything happened on this record, but so much more." [4]


Move Along was released as a CD, a LP (limited to 1000 copies) and, like with their previous album, a cassette tape exclusively in Indonesia.

The album's lead single "Dirty Little Secret" was released June 6, 2005 and peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States as well as #4 on both the Pop 100 and Mainstream Top 40 charts respectively. A music video followed its release on July 11, 2005.[5] The title track of the album was later released as the second single on February 27, 2006, but didn't chart until the following summer. The song charted at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the top 10 on the Hot Canadian Digital Singles Chart, a music video was released beforehand on January 18.[6]

The following July, the song "Top of the World" was released as a promotional single in the United States; a music video made up of videos and photographs taken by the band while on tour was released to help promote it. By August 2006, the album had sold over 1,300,000 copies.[7] On September 19, 2006, "It Ends Tonight" was released as the third and final single from Move Along and reached a peak position of #8 on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40. A music video was released beforehand on August 28.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 3.5/5 stars [8]
AbsolutePunk 71% [9]
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars [10]
Blender 3/5 stars
Entertainment Weekly B+ [11]
IGN (6.8/10) [12]
musicOMH (unfavorable) [13]
Plugged In (positive) [14]
Prefix Magazine (6/10)[15]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [16]
Spin B [17]
USA Today 3/4 stars [18]

Move Along received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Blender rated the album 3 out of 5 stars whilst Entertainment Weekly scored it a B+.

AbsolutePunk gave the album a 71% positive rating, reviewing with "The All-American Rejects have opted for a more direct rock and roll sound by somewhat changing their instrumentation and abandoning what made them so fun in the first place. Nevertheless, the band does sound very good: singer Tyson Ritter sounds better than ever, both in terms of melody as well in clarity of delivery, and the ridiculous production allows for each of the countless layers of guitars to shine through the extremely clear, yet thick sounding drums",[9] while AllMusic commented "The All-American Rejects' effervescent 2003 hit "Swing Swing" sounded like a pop-punk adaptation of Better Than Ezra, and their sophomore effort makes this mix even more apparent", and that "The Rejects rock out a little on "Night Drive", "Dirty Little Secret", and "I'm Waiting"; the guitars crackle anxiously, and Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler's breathy harmonies soar like they mean it.[10]

antiMusic gave it a score of four-and-a-half stars out of five and said, "These guys have got the art of the hook down so well that you have no choice but to submit to their wills." [19]

IGN reviewed Move Along saying "[The album] is made for the masses, with each song as sexed up for the radio as the next. Full of isolation, break ups, and other run-of-the-mill pop topics, Move Along never really questions straying from the path." [12] Prefix Magazine gave it a score of six out of ten, regarding the lyrics "too feel-good to be effective or memorable", but praised the track "11:11 P.M." as a "fast-moving song about last mistakes and other inoffensive high school diary entries, comes complete with fist-pumping chorus and ticking-clock sound effects." [15]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Dirty Little Secret"   3:13
2. "Stab My Back"   3:10
3. "Move Along"   4:00
4. "It Ends Tonight"   4:04
5. "Change Your Mind"   3:40
6. "Night Drive"   3:24
7. "11:11 P.M."   3:04
8. "Dance Inside"   4:00
9. "Top of the World"   3:25
10. "Straitjacket Feeling"   3:37
11. "I'm Waiting"   3:34
12. "Can't Take It"   2:52
Total length:


Charts and certifications[edit]

Move Along debuted at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 with 90,000 first week sales.[20] It spent 84 weeks inside the top 100 of the chart.[21] The album was later certified 2x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for the shipment of 2 million copies.

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom[32] July 11, 2005 CD, digital download Polydor
United States July 12, 2005 Interscope
Australia[32] September 5, 2005
New Zealand
United States[33] November 16, 2005 12" vinyl
United Kingdom[34] November 13, 2006 Polydor


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