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Smile Kid

Artist: We the Kings

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Label: S-Curve (USA)
Album: Smile Kid
# Song Title   Time
1)    She Takes Me High
2)    Promise The Stars
3)    Heaven Can Wait
4)    Story of Your Life, The
5)    Rain Falls Down
6)    Summer Love
7)    In-N-Out (Animal Style)
8)    Spin
9)    Anna Maria (All We Need)
10)    We'll Be a Dream - (featuring Demi Lovato)
11)    What You Do to Me
12)    Heaven Can Wait [Acoustic]
13)    She Takes Me High [Acoustic]
14)    Heaven Can Wait [Music Video]

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Travis Clark (vocals, guitar, piano, programming); Hunter Thomsen (vocals, guitar); Danny Duncan (drums); Dave Katz , Grant Michaels, Sam Hollander (programming).
  • Audio Mixer: Jon Kaplan.
  • Recording information: East Side Sound, New York, NY; Fresh Kills Music, New York, NY; Monster Island Studios, New York, NY; Red Bull Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Pocket Studios, Toronto, Canada.
  • Editor: Jeffrey Swart.
  • Photographers: Clay Patrick McBride; Anderson Hopkins.
  • With their 2007 debut, We the Kings modeled their sound after groups like Jimmy Eat World and The Academy Is, mixing slickly produced pop songs and bleeding-heart lyrics to tuneful effect. The approach may have been familiar, but songs like "Check Yes Juliet" still packed one hell of a sugary punch, and the Kings became emo royalty as a result. Smile Kid arrives two years after that album's release, bringing with it another batch of hooks and a polished, compressed sound courtesy of producers S*A*M & SLUGGO. Frontman Travis Clark knows his audience well, and his summery songs appeal to everything that emo pop fans find holy. The guitar riffs are anthemic, the melodies are supersized, and the lyrics rarely stray from such carpe diem sentiments as "Let's make champagne rain down from the sky, let's toast to the night!" Older listeners might not get it, but the Kings' fans should find plenty to smile about with this release. ~ Andrew Leahey

Professional Reviews
Billboard (p.33) - "We the Kings continues to turn out catchy pop-punk anthems, but this time with larger emphasis on clean, laid-back riffs and hooky melodies."

Kerrang (Magazine) (p.48) - "SMILE KID flourishes. In come whistles, electronics, strings and piano, with Travis' voice covering more range than ever before, too."

Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:8 December, 2009
Guest Artist: Demi Lovato

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Rebekah Brennan on
This cd isn't as good as their self titled album, in my opinion. I do really like the We'll Be A Dream which features Demi Lovato, however. This album is filled with catchy pop ballads, really easy to sing a long to. For fans of Paramore, You Me At Six, The Academy Is... and All Time Low.

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