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We The Kings - Smile, Kid Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 6.25
Musicianship 5.75
Lyrics 6.25
Production 8
Creativity 5.25
Lasting Value 6
Reviewer Tilt 8
Final Verdict: 65%
Member Ratings
Vocals 5.58
Musicianship 4.63
Lyrics 4.33
Production 6.17
Creativity 4.38
Lasting Value 4.88
Reviewer Tilt 5
Average: 50%
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We The Kings - Smile, Kid

Reviewed by: cwhit412 (12/05/09)
We The Kings - Smile, Kid
Record Label: S-Curve Records
Release Date: December 8, 2009

Finally. It's been two years since their self titled album came out, and in those two years, We The Kings broke into mainstream music, placed two songs in the Billboard Hot 100, had several headlining tours, and won over the hearts of hundreds of thousands of teenagers. We The Kings has steadily become a mainstay in iPods everywhere. As one of the last releases of the year, this album carried a significant amount of hype. I'll admit that I was worried for this album. However, it is definitely a good pop album.

Currently, my favorite song is the opener, "She Takes Me High." It contains the usual corny lyrics and is extremely catchy, especially in the chorus. Travis also uses some of his best vocals in the chorus. The bonus acoustic version at the end of the album shows off the vocals even more. "Promise The Stars" is a fairly boring track in which nothing stands out. The verses are extremely boring and the lyrics are nothing special. "Heaven Can Wait" has already been talked about on the blog. My opinion has not deviated much, as I still am not a fan of the track. The song is finally bursting into Top 40 radio, but I do not expect it to get anywhere. The acoustic version is much stronger vocally than the original, as Travis' voice is much more raw and shows much more emotion.

The next few songs are not anything special. However, they go right along with the album. The difference between individual songs and a full length album is that it is extremely difficult for every song to stand out. However, the more the album flows, the better the songs sound when played together. "The Story Of Your Life" is decent; the more I listen to it, the better it gets. However, it is more filler than a single caliber track. The next track, "Rain Falls Down," was originally supposed to feature Cassadee Pope. I am waiting for that version to leak, since I have a feeling it would drastically improve the song by adding another dimension to it. It's still extremely similar to "Story of Your Life." "Summer Love" continues with the streak of filler songs. The whistling can get fairly annoying.

The tracks finally begin to improve with "In-N-Out (Animal Style)." I'm not even going to comment on the track name, other than saying that's what the song is about. The synth definitely adds a lot to the song. The chorus is catchy and the bridge is definitely strong, making it a very good track with single potential. "Spin" is one of the best songs on the album. The chorus has many similarities to "Check Yes Juliet." The whole track seems to be produced a lot better than the filler tracks. It overall sounds different. If you liked the old WTK singles, this is your song. "Anna Maria (All We Need)" is a synth heavy song that, although isn't as bad as the filler tracks, still is not anything special.

"We'll Be A Dream" is the song based on a similar theme to many other breakthrough bands of the year: a celebrity vocalist. In this song's case, it's Demi Lovato. I had an extremely bad feeling about this song, but I was extremely pleased with the outcome of the track. I had never been a Demi fan, but even I have to admit her voice is excellent in this song. The song seems like We The Kings' version of "Two Is Better Than One." The song style is similar, with Demi coming in on the second verse and the choruses building up intensity. The final track, "What You Do To Me," was the second song released. It is also in the running to be the second single. If it does win that honor, it will be well deserved. It follows the blueprint We The Kings formula for success: catchy hooks and cute lyrics.

I was actually worried at the beginning of the review that I would have to rewrite the entire introduction due to the fact I wasn't sure that the album was as good as I thought it was. After listening through it several times, it's definitely better than I thought. It's a grower, but so are many full length albums. I disliked Nothing Personal at the first listen, but by the end of the year it has become one of my favorites. We The Kings has definitely created a catchy pop album that will almost surely produce several top 40 hits.

Check out We The Kings on myspace HERE.

Recommended If You LikeCatchy, Corny Pop Music, Boys Like Girls, Celebrity Appearances
 
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08:59 PM on 12/29/09
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TriangularDuck
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I love shitty pop music marketed to 12 year old girls, and even I haven't been able to make it through this whole CD yet.
10:22 PM on 12/29/09
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We The Kings suffers from Nickelback syndrome. They write the same song over and over and over and over...
08:29 AM on 12/30/09
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i agree, i think it will be a grower for most. but it bored me to tears so it might not grow on me.
10:00 AM on 12/30/09
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More reviews on my blog. http://muzikdizcovery.blogspot.com

I also have a new writer, who most of you will probably like better. Just being honest.
11:26 AM on 01/02/10
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More reviews on my blog. http://muzikdizcovery.blogspot.com

I also have a new writer, who most of you will probably like better. Just being honest.
I like them a lot.

Only thing I'd say would be to rate them at the end, but the way that it is is good.
10:00 PM on 01/03/10
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I was disappointed in this album. Then again, I wasn't really expecting much in the first place. I do enjoy She Takes Me High though.
08:00 AM on 01/04/10
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Your style has clearly improved. Compared to your Artist VS Poet review, this is Pulitzer Prize worthy. Just a few suggestions:
-don't oversimplify and don't be informal (ie "it is definetely a good pop album" is an oversimplification, and "I'll admit i was worried" is way too informal. You can admit concern over the album, but not in such an informal manner).
-your readers are bound to suffer from "tl;dr syndrome." Try to condense and tighten your style further, so a review doesn't sprawl over pages and pages. That's a disadvantage of a song-by-song review. I used to do stuff like that too, and only recently broke out of it. It's not easy, but try to ID the overall strongest and weakest aspects of the album, and cite certain songs according to those aspects.
03:50 PM on 01/16/10
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I dunno. I didn't like She Takes Me High so much, or Heaven Can Wait. I liked Promise the Stars, other than the lyrics, but they're not as bad as in She Takes Me High. The first thing I thought was "*sigh* ONLY We the Kings would start a song with 'Last night's dream we rode our bike's to our tree house by the sea *headdesk/facepalm*" And I definitely agree about everything sounding the same. They have a million different versions of Skyway Avenue on this album and it's so repetitive.

That being said, I can't bring myself to completely dislike WTK, just because they seem like really cool, nice guys and I can never dislike good people. Plus their songs are good to dance around to in your room when you feel really happy.
Yupp.
08:43 AM on 01/21/10
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"We'll be a dream" is a cool tune
06:37 AM on 01/25/10
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Your style has clearly improved. Compared to your Artist VS Poet review, this is Pulitzer Prize worthy. Just a few suggestions:
-don't oversimplify and don't be informal (ie "it is definetely a good pop album" is an oversimplification, and "I'll admit i was worried" is way too informal. You can admit concern over the album, but not in such an informal manner).
-your readers are bound to suffer from "tl;dr syndrome." Try to condense and tighten your style further, so a review doesn't sprawl over pages and pages. That's a disadvantage of a song-by-song review. I used to do stuff like that too, and only recently broke out of it. It's not easy, but try to ID the overall strongest and weakest aspects of the album, and cite certain songs according to those aspects.
Thanks, that means a lot.
I've been working hard on improving my reviews. Hopefully my next one (up on the site soon!) will make this one look shitty. That's my goal. To make each review look worse with every new one.
If that makes sense. :)
07:00 PM on 05/11/11
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not gonna lie... i honestly liked the first album better.... but, maybe it's because i downloaded most of this one first haha... anyway, "Spin" is one of my favorites, as is "What You Do To Me" and I especially liked "Promise The Stars" and "The Story Of Your Life"

I, too, was afraid for the Demi Lovato track, but I now LOVE IT.

hahaha the end, i guess
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