The All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell single review

3 stars (out of 5)


AAR - Gives You HellAfter more than a three year wait which has felt like a decade, the All-American Rejects are finally ready to release a new album. Their 2005 record, Move Along really put the boys on the map, especially due to the success of songs like It ends tonight, Dirty Little Secret and Move Along.

The new album, When The World Comes Down is to be released later this month, and the first single is Gives You Hell, a track which has already done well in America.

As a Rejects fan, I’ve been waiting to hear there new material for a while, but the opening of the new song comes as a bit of a surprise to me. It’s a slow, drum-lacking beginning, not something that has come to be expected from the American rockers.

Still, the song soon picks up when lead vocalist Tyson Ritter forces his recognizable voice onto the melody, “When you see my face hope it gives you hell, hope it gives you hell, when you walk my way hope it gives you hell, hope it gives you hell”. And when drummer Chris Gaylor finally enters at around the minute mark, it’s begins to sound more Rejects by the second.

The whole song is a change of pace to the previous singles from Move Along, but the chorus blasted out is back to the All-American Rejects at their brilliant best. It’s a catchy tune which people won’t be able to get out of their heads, and it’s slowed down towards the end of the song to act as a platform to be launched back into, which is something the Rejects do pretty well.

Overall, it’s not my favourite All-American Rejects song, in fact it’s nowhere near, but here’s hoping the album will bring much more. I’ll certainly be buying it.

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