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When the World Comes Down is the third full-length studio album from Oklahoma darlings and multi-platinum recording artists The All-American Rejects. Originally released in 2008, the album was recorded at Barefoot Studios in Los Angeles, CA under the skillful hand of producer Eric Valentine. When the World Comes Down finds the All-American Rejects (Mike Kennerty, vocalist/bassist Tyson Wheeler, guitarist Nick Wheeler, and drummer Chris Gaylor) accomplishing the difficult task of hurtling their infectious power pop/rock sound forward into musical evolution without sacrificing any of the fundamental catchiness and pure hook dominance that originally shot the band to the top of pop charts worldwide on previous outings.
While the album's whopping five singles ("Gives You Hell," "Mona Lisa," "I Wanna," "The Wind Blows," and "Real World") captured the attention and adoration of fans far and wide, When the World Comes Down is truly a cohesive album down to the very last note. The potency of tracks like "Breakin'" shines through like a beacon as Ritter evokes a literary perfect storm of regret, heartache, and sheer urgency atop gorgeous, soaring melodies. One song later and Ritter is stepping his game up yet again, foraying into male/female call/response territory on "Another Heart Calls" (featuring The Pierces). Music fans everywhere took note of the strength of the entire album and, once again, shot it to the top of the Billboard charts.