Produced by Wes McGraw, American Rockstar repackages the alternative rock sound of the late '90s, and while bands such as Creed and Godsmack have been able to turn post-grunge rehash into multiplatinum sales, that doesn't mean that they've got artistic integrity working in their favor. American Rockstar shows little creative ingenuity here. "Superhero" sounds like a rip-off of Three Doors Down's comic-book savior ballad "Kryptonite," "So Clear" is a piss-poor attempt at emocore, and "Okay" comes off as a second-rate Stone Temple Pilots song. The power ballad "What It's Worth" features whiny vocals, heavy-handed lyrics, and predictably quiet-then-loud guitars. A funky bass riff can't save "Star Child" from being a bombastic anthem -- the refrain "I am everything you want me to be/I am a star, child!/I am everything you want me to be/I am a star, child!" smacks of the same solipsistic tendencies that inspired the band's moniker.