FFWDing to the Best Part: “Move Along,” The All-American Rejects (2006)

Things are tough all over. Lives and loves are lost, challenges are left unconquered, foes lay unvanquished, bright futures turn temporarily cloudy. Gary Coleman dies. That jerk who ignored your affections for all of college becomes a viral video star. In short, life is … like … hard. Music is one relatively innocuous way a lot of us cope, whether it serves as a distraction, a reminder of better times, a motivator for physical exertion, or a way to pass through some tough hours.

Certain songs are more helpful than others.  Do not listen to New Radicals’ “Someday We’ll Know” if in a bad place. You’ll be gathering rocks to stuff in your petticoat, Virginia-Woolf-style.

Move Along, however, should be dubbed into every get-well or cope greeting card. Inspiring without being too hokey, fast-paced without being manic, simple but not simplistic. So as we bid a fond farewell (or good riddance) to 2013, we listen to this promise of a tomorrow that is better.  Or at least a tomorrow that is tomorrow, and that’s nothing to proverbially sneeze at.

Best part? First, I suggest watching the video in its entirety.  Now this is actually pretty manic, but it’s also visually stunning. It’s the one video I ever paid $1.99 to OWN on iTunes. So I could … what … call it up on an airplane when I didn’t have access to YouTube?  But I digress.  The “best part” comes at 2:51 at the close of the bridge. We get about 15 seconds of somber vocals backed only  by a piano, and then the drums and guitar return to bookend the line, “just to make it through.”

Also, Tyson Ritter is weird.

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3 thoughts on “FFWDing to the Best Part: “Move Along,” The All-American Rejects (2006)

  1. In pretty much every example so far, the “best part of the song” is a moment of substantial modulation. In this case, you’ve chosen the modulation out of the piano breakdown back into a final full-band chorus, which makes sense. Music is like a journey. You may be walking through a lovely valley, but choosing one minute in the middle of that valley as your favorite would be difficult. But that moment when you finally crested the hill to see the whole valley at once– that’s the keeper.

    The rejects had four Top 20 hits in that weird “upward to the top, then off the cliff” pattern: #9, #15, #8, #4… then nada. Still, four big hits in four years puts then in roughly the same success category as Smashing Pumpkins or the Lovin’ Spoonful, which I mean positively in each case.

  2. Yeah, I guess I am predictable! Still, it’s fun to deconstruct these in this manner. Apparently Tyson is taking a break from the AARs now (guest spot on ‘Parenthood,’ basically playing a more high-maintenance version of himself) and was recently cast in a Gregg Allman bio.

  3. Pingback: A Song That Makes You Happy: “Roar,” Katy Perry (2013) | Neurotic City

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