It’s been almost two years since The All-American Rejects released Kids in the Street, and let’s just say the fans are already starting to get a little antsy. It’s not like the band’s been sitting on their bums doing nothing, they’ve been doing non-stop touring to try to reel in their fan base after a four-year hiatus. But the fans wanted more, and by gosh they got it when frontman Tyson Ritter announced that he would be releasing a solo single called “Air”. No, the band didn’t break up, they really just wanted to release something to hold their fans over until their next album (whenever that’ll be).
“Air” sounds like The All-American Rejects if they decided to go indie mixed with a beat like Grouplove‘s “Ways to Go” and simple instrumentation like Boys Like Girls‘ “Life of the Party”. The sound pretty much consists of different types of guitar and electric keyboards with a hint of banjo in the background. Sadly, there isn’t a whole lot else going on with the song musicality-wise so I thought the lyrics were going to save “Air”.
Yeah, the lyrics don’t really add any more depth to the song as they should have. They are extremely simplistic and mediocre for a song written by Ritter, considering some of his band’s songs have lyrics that are dripping with emotion. The chorus just repeats the same line – “I need a little air” – in a tone where Ritter sounds like a whiny high school kid who hasn’t reached puberty yet. The only somewhat endearing moment of the track is how breathy his voice gets during the bridge of “there’s just something about you/you take my breath away”. It’s pretty much a singsong-y, cheesy song about the simple topic of being in love – simple as that.
I mean, for a randomly released singer from a band that’s not breaking up, it’s a decent effort. “Air” isn’t necessarily the most memorable song in the world compared to the likes of “Dirty Little Secret” or “Gives You Hell”, but it also isn’t the worst thing either. It definitely doesn’t have what it takes to be on the radio but it has the potential to be the theme song of some indie romantic comedy film. Or the single artwork can be used as something to decorate with because it looks pretty awesome and artsy like that. Sorry Tyson, but “Air” needs some life breathed into it.