While most bands usually wait until they have a few albums under their belt, the Airborne Toxic Event pulled the trigger early with All I Ever Wanted: Live from Walt Disney Hall. Recorded live with the Calder Quartet, the album takes the band's friendly, radio-ready pop to new levels, with the strings adding a grandness to the arrangements that isn’t present on their self-titled debut. While it’s no surprise that the live album contains almost all of their debut album (excluding "Papillon"), Jollett and company fill out the live set with some interesting covers. ATE a nod to some of their influences with string-heavy renditions of Q Lazzarus’ “Goodbye Horses,” the Magnetic Fields’ “The Book of Love” and the Ramones’ “Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio?” With a set of quality covers and new arrangements of the band's (relatively) old songs, All I Ever Wanted is sure to find a welcome audience with fans.
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AllMusic Review by Gregory Heaney