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Album: All American Rejects (UK Version)
# Song Title   Time
1)    My Paper Heart
2)    Your Star
3)    Swing, Swing
4)    Time Stands Still
5)    One More Sad Song
6)    Why Worry
7)    Don't Leave Me
8)    Too Far Gone
9)    Drive Away
10)    Happy Endings
11)    Last Song, The
12)    Cigarette Song, The
 

Album: All American Rejects (UK Version)
# Song Title   Time
1)    My Paper Heart
2)    Your Star
3)    Swing, Swing
4)    Time Stands Still
5)    One More Sad Song
6)    Why Worry
7)    Don't Leave Me
8)    Too Far Gone
9)    Drive Away
10)    Happy Endings
11)    Last Song, The
12)    Cigarette Song, The
 
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Tracks

1. My Paper Heart

2. Your Star

3. Swing, Swing

4. Time Stands Still

5. One More Sad Song

6. Why Worry

7. Don't Leave Me

8. Too Far Gone

9. Drive Away

10. Happy Endings

11. The Last Song

12. The Cigarette Song (Acoustic Version - UK Bonus Track)

Performer Notes
  • The All-American Rejects: Tyson Ritter (vocals, bass); Nick Wheeler (guitar, keyboards, drums, programming).
  • Recorded at Mission Sound and Headgear Studio, Brooklyn, New York.
  • The first album from Oklahoma power pop/punk band All-American Rejects features the hit "Swing Swing", "The Last Song", and "My Paper Heart".
  • U.K. edition inclues the bonus acoustic track "Cigarette Song".
  • Personnel: Tyson Ritter (vocals); Nick Wheeler (guitar, keyboards, drums, programming).
  • Audio Mixer: Tim O'Heir.
  • Recording information: Headgear Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Mission Sound Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Arranger: The All-American Rejects.
  • Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler, the two college-age clean-cut men who form the nexus of the All-American Rejects, have a knack for driving home a pop hook. Clearly weaned on power pop's history from the Beach Boys and Big Star to the Cars and Weezer and other more modern proponents, the Oklahoma outfit serves up gentle pop radiance with a hint of Replacements-style brashness on its self-titled debut.
  • The All-American Rejects' songs capture a youthful simplicity without slipping into juvenile lyrics like many bands with a similar sound. There is an endearing innocence in tunes like "My Paper Heart" with its simple opening entreaty "please just don't play with me/my paper heart will bleed" over insistent acoustic guitar before a quiet storm replete with a tympani-sounding instrument. Ornate instrumentation abounds, but it augments the music, never seeming forced or out or place, likely a combination of prescience on the pair's part and the experienced hand of producer-engineer Tim O'Heir (Sebadoh, Superdrag, Possum Dixon). In fact, the album's hallmark is a bewitching, summery, infectious pop consistency.
Professional Reviews
Spin (4/03, p.107) - "Pop professionalism meets emo's romantic amateurism..." - Grade: A-
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