The All-American Rejects

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Perfecting the art of the musical whine.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this debut album is a harmless look at the experience of first love and the angst that sometimes comes with getting hurt. Younger teens in the throes of crushes and loves will appreciate -- if not relate -- to the whiny, self-absorbed tone.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written bybpbpbpbpbp November 18, 2009

Set a terrible example

This band set a terrible example on stage. Hiding behind the cute lyrics and fun music is a group of people who are not to be role models to anybody. They were... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byndrwcd November 17, 2012

my 3rd favorite musisican\band of all time

all american rejects are without a doubt alot better and more talented than lame singers like justin bieber,nicki minaj,one direction,acdc,kizz,rebecca black,an... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 28, 2011


I've been a fan of this band ever since I was old enough to listen to the radio. I mean so what if there bad rolemodels, just don't let your kids go t... Continue reading

What's the story?

Solid, guitar-fueled arrangements, expressive vocals, clever harmonies, and appealing musical hooks make ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, the debut album of the group of the same name (actually a re-release of a previous indie-label offering) an attractive package. Filled with dramatic soul-searching and lovelorn angst, the 11 songs on this album also manage to convey a cheerful aura of band-guy togetherness that will speak to younger teens in the throes of crushes and first loves.

Is it any good?

Whiny self-absorption has rarely been this charming, and it's comforting to hear that guys hurt too. In the case of The All-American Rejects, the tried-and-true rock & roll combination of loud guitar and heartbreak works just fine. Maybe not the most original stuff, either musically or lyrically, but it's well performed and extremely likable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dealing with your first love. Who was your first love? What did it feel like to love someone that way? Can you prevent getting hurt? If so, how? If not, how come and what can you learn from loving and losing?

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