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Every Second Counts

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Plain White T’s are one of those unusual success stories in which a band becomes hugely popular on the basis of a single that doesn’t really represent the band’s standard sound. Frontman Tom Higgenson wrote “Hey There Delilah” after meeting Columbia University steeplechase runner Delilah DiCrescenzo. Higgenson was smitten, and even though the two never started a romance, his song is about as sweet and true as a dedication to a newfound crush can be. It’s not hard to see why the cute, catchy ballad became popular. The rest of Every Second Counts substitutes bright power chords and lots of volume for the plaintive acoustic strumming of “Delilah,” but songs like “Our Time Now” and “Come Back To Me” capture the same youthful sentiment. While Plain White T’s will probably go down in history as the band who wrote “Delilah,” but there's enough emo-pop energy on Every Second Counts to satisfy fans of like-minded groups like Jimmy Eat World and Fall Out Boy.

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Every Second Counts

I bought this cd last summer just kinda randomly. It was only eight bucks and I liked Take Me Away a lot so I thought,. why not? After listening to it I was so surprised. Every song has something special about it. Since I bought the hard copy, I didn't get Hey There Delilah but I got two untitled or hidden tracks, one being the acoustic version of Hate (I Really Don't Like You). Tracks: 1. Our Time Now- Good way to jump start the album. Its fast paced and has a hook to it that makes you want to listen to the next song. 8.5/10 2. Come Back To Me: One of my favorites on the album...the beat is good and the lyrics and vocals are good too. The drums are exceptional in this song. 10/10. 3. Hate (I Really Don't Like You): When picking a first single Plain White T's picked a song that would draw the public to their music. Hate speaks the truth about relationships and creates a good mix in the album. 9.5/10 4. You and Me: My least favorite track on the album. I'm not too crazy over the beat or the lyrics. Just not an amazing song to me. Well actually, its kind of annoying. 7/10 5. Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk: I love the beginning of this song and the guitar. Fun lyrics and vocals and one of the best on Every Second Counts. 9.5/10 6. Making A Memory: A slower song compared to the majority of the album but nonetheless it is an amazing song. it adds dimension to the album as well. 9.5/10 7. So Damn Clever: What an underrated song!! I love the guitar and the vocals by Tom. The first song I listened to when I bought this album. 10/10 8. Tearin Us Apart: Cool beats definately but the song is a little short. Sounds a little like some of their other songs but still a good song. 9/10 9. Write You A Song: This song is sooo sweet! Another slower song and makes you laugh a bit but its definately on of my favorites on this album. Man, I wish someone would write a song like this for me. 10/10 10. Gimme A Chance: Reminds me a little of Bowling For Soup in a way. Nothing extroadinary about this song but I still like it. 8.5/10 11. Figure It Out: A guy song...lol. Surprisingly great though even though its' coming from a guy's point of view about relationships sometimes. Basically, if you're boyfriend was singing this and meaning it about you, you might just want to slap him. Love the song anyway though. 9.5/10 12. Let Me Take You There: Breathtaking. Tom's vocals outshine everything in this track. A slower song thats sweet like Write You A Song without some of the corny lyrics (i love both songs though). A must buy on Every Second Counts. 10/10 GETTING MORE CONFUSING NOW: 13. Hey There Delilah: Not on the hard copy sold in stores but and outstanding song. Slower, sweet, and downright excellent. Perfect length and placement on the album. A must buy track as well. 11/10 14. Untitled Track: Not available on iTunes but whatever. Cool beginning...differen't from all the other tracks too. Too bad it isn't available here...I don't think. Maybe I should go look for it but tough luck I'm already writing this. (Track name: Hold On To Me)? Well anywho, great song. 9.5/10 15. Hate (I Really Don't Like You)- Acoustic Version: Also not available here but is should be. I like the original better but this is still a good song. 9/10. Btw, sorry for the long review...just trying to be helpful.

One Hit Wonder

"Hey There Delilah" is a good song. It caught my attention enough to check out the rest of their music. I ended very dissapointed. The rest of the music comes across really cheesy and stale. No other song stood out. So if you like Delilah (which I do) and are considering buying more of their music, I suggest giving each song a listen before you spend your $$$. Just not for me.

LOVE (I Really Like This Album)

These Guys may not be as unique as other bands, but they definetly have a great voice and catchy songs: Our Time Now - 8.5/10 Come Back to Me - 8/10 Hate (I Really Don't Like You) - 10/10 You and Me - 8.5/10 Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk - 9/10 Making a Memory - 9/10 So D*** Clever - 8.5/10 Tearin' Us Apart - 8/10 Write You a Song - 8.5/10 Gimme A Chance - 6/10 Figure It Out - 7/10 Let Me Take You There - 10/10 They Have a Great Mix Of Songs Ranging from Slow and Steady to Jump around Songs. Hope I Helped You...

Biography

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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