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Album Review

As the Hollywood debut for Chicago-based Plain White T's, Every Second Counts finds the quintet jumping to the majors and polishing up its already glossy and exuberant sound to take on the masses. They've essentially always owned a radio-ready edge despite never being played on mainstream airwaves, and this record embraces all the power pop and hooky satisfaction of their Fearless releases to basically throw the same party all over again. But thankfully, that doesn't mean these songs are tired-sounding. Throwing the big guns out right away, the stick-in-your-head exuberance of "Our Time Now" jump-starts the record with its massively bright and anthemic chorus, which fittingly leads into a semi-party breakdown midsong. The lukewarm anger of "Hate (I Really Don't Like You)" puts an amusing spin on customary breakup sentiments in the same manner that the melodic "Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk" is a surefire hit thanks to its valid commentary on many a 21st century relationship. Plain White T's bring the infectious pop/rock much more than the pop-punk, their sweetly melodic cocktails going down so easy that a chaser is hardly needed. The acoustic sentimentality of "Write You a Song" has the potential of being this album's "Hey There Delilah," as the rollicking "Figure It Out" scores high marks with a probing bassline that leads into a swirling display of guitar showmanship and dance-worthy grooves. Fans who ate up 2005's All That We Needed are sure to love this album as well. And if Plain White T's are lucky, it just might be enough to finally snag them some of the TRL success that many of their Chicago peers have already been enjoying. [The 2007 edition includes one bonus track.]

Customer Reviews

I love my Plain White T's!!

Usually, I'm not a fan of plain white ts, but in this case, I'll make a huge exception!! For a long time now, I have looked for a band that is a mix of all of the bands I like, and then I heard these guys. This review will probably not be any help to anyone, but I just wanted to say this. Its refreshing, and each of the songs give you a different feeling; be it happiness, anger, frusteration, sadness, love. It's a mix of everything! My favourite song is Figure It Out, because the cords in the chorus really get to me. I've never heard something like hat before, and I love it. If, like my family, your doesnt like listening to songs with swears, no problem. These guys are unbeleivable!! I totally completely no question think you should get this album!!

not bad!

This album isn't bad- Hey There Delilah is a sweet song, definetly dl that one!

purely amazing

this album is the best one i've heard in years. hey there delilah is my favorite song of all time and definately a good buy. track 5 and track 9 are good 2. definately buy the album!


Formed: 1997 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, the punk-pop outfit Plain White T's began taking shape in 1997, a full ten years before the acoustic ballad "Hey There Delilah" made them Grammy-nominated stars. Lead singer Tom Higgenson was originally fascinated with the drums, having served as the percussionist for various rock bands during high school. One such band was Harvey's Daughter, whose lineup also featured bass player Ken Fletcher. Although the group disbanded, the two remained friends and quickly...
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