When the World Comes Down

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
When the World Comes Down Music Poster Image
Likeable, upbeat pop-rock ideal for teens (and parents).

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The majority of the songs on this album are about heartache, heartbreak, or getting over someone. One song deals with mourning someone who has died, ("Believe"), but the music is upbeat. Overall, the content is fine for teens and up.


Minor sexual innuendo. "I Wanna" says "I wanna touch you / you wanna touch me too.../ just put your hands on me." The song "Damn Girl" has overtly sexual lyrics, "I'll press your lips and I taste everyone that you've had tonight."


"Damn Girl" has the word "damn" four times. "Gives you Hell" says "hell" repeatedly and "damn" a few times.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that many of the songs on this album are about being in a bad relationship or getting over heartbreak, but the music is mostly upbeat, not melancholy like a lot of alternative music can be. It's OK for teens and older who already know about relationships. The popular track "Real World" is featured on the best-selling video game Madden NFL 09, and the song "Gives You Hell" repeats "hell" about 30 times.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14-year-old Written bykyle dwyer March 14, 2010
Teen, 13 years old Written bythelight98 December 2, 2011

Best AAR Album

By far their best album! Its also got their best song!
Kid, 11 years old February 23, 2011

Great album, tweens and up, 11+

I just listened to this album and loved it first time. Great combination of tuneful vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, strong bass and well timed drums. Ther... Continue reading

What's the story?

The All-American Rejects rushed onto the popularity scene in 2003 with the breakout single, "Swing, Swing" from their self-titled album. They return with a third studio album, WHEN THE WORLD COMES DOWN, a fresh, playable mix of radio-friendly pop and pop-rock anthems. The album includes the hit single, "Gives You Hell," with most of the songs dissecting the endings and raw emotions of a rocky relationship from a good guy's perspective -- a fresh take that's not too in-your-face.

Is it any good?

With a unique blend of unusual instruments (from broomsticks to violins) and easy-on-the-ears vocals, The All-American Rejects have street cred in the "emo-pop" genre, without being monotonous or brooding like many pop-alternative bands. Although the lyrics are less than poetic at times, they are simple and singable, accompanied by mini-movements of music that make each song worth replaying.

"Real World" mixes harder rock with nice vocals and strings, and "Mona Lisa" brings a folksy blend with acoustic guitar. The popular "Gives You Hell" is a crowd-pleasin' power-pop anthem, and the last track "The Wind Blows" will convert many (teens and parents alike) to fans. The entire album is an easy one to enjoy again and again, with relatable lyrics that are fine for teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the pain of getting over a relationship, especially when it's your first love. What are some good ways to deal with the heartache of losing someone? What do you think about the way this band writes about breaking up and moving on?

Music details

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate