Plain White T's - Stop (Cover Artwork)

Plain White T's

Plain White T's: StopStop (2002)
Fearless Records

Reviewer Rating: 2

Contributed by: TheTommunistThe Tommunist
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* - Despite the following review, this is my guilty pleasure. Plain White T's came out of Chicago during a time when "emotional pop-punk" was rampant. This was the big thing before the "emo screamo" or whatever you want to call it. As this was one of the many bands picked up by labels when the f.
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* - Despite the following review, this is my guilty pleasure.

Plain White T's came out of Chicago during a time when "emotional pop-punk" was rampant. This was the big thing before the "emo screamo" or whatever you want to call it. As this was one of the many bands picked up by labels when the floodgates opened, there is very little originality here. You know the drill: mid-tempo poppy songs about girls. But in an ocean of this crap, this album is slightly above average.

The album ironically starts with "Stop." Right away you can tell what you are getting. It's mid-tempo with upbeat guitar licks. None of the album's songs really pick up speed; most of the songs stay at this tempo. This standard is interrupted a few times with some slow songs like "Runaway" or "A Lonely September." Everyone in the band plays competently, but the nature of the music is fairly basic pop-punk. The drums stay consistent throughout the whole album, and the bass comes in strong, but only when the guitars drop out, or are played acoustically. There's some nice jangly guitar in "Runaway," some rocking riffs in "What If," and a fun little intro to "Your Fault." But besides these few interesting parts, it's all standard fare.

The vocals are fairly inoffensive. They don't come across as whiny and could be a hell of a lot worse. There are some nice vocal harmonies here and there, which is always a plus. The problem, though, is the lyrics. They are terrible. The lyrics are about as good as something I would have written in for an 8th grade band; "So just stop, stop playing around, I'm ready to take you home and make it real again". Ugh! Or how about, "I know I'm not perfect but what makes him so fucking cool? He's just another little punk like the rest of them, the kid's just another tool." It's 90% garbage about girls and the other 10% is your typical teen angst sung by twenty-somethings on their way out of adolescence. The lyrics focus a lot on the "screw you Iā??m fed up" attitude, immediately followed by the "you are so amazing" stuff. "Happy Someday" is your typical "I hate work" song, but like many of the other songs, it suffers from poor lyrics about wearing a uniform and having to pay off bills.

So let's review:
Music: Basic and unoriginal, with a few moments of innovation.
Vocals: Decent, good harmonizing here and there.
Lyrics: Abysmal.

Now, despite everything I have said, this album is fairly decent, for what it is. Songs like "What If," "Fireworks," and "Penny (Perfect For You)," while insipid, are still fun, poppy songs. There might not be anything original on here, but it makes for a decent counterpoint to other less poppy, more rockin' music. It's something that if you find in the used bin for five bucks you should pick it up. Just please, PLEASE ignore the juvenile lyrics.


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Anonymous (July 20, 2005)

well I give it a 10 just for the simple fact that the song "please dont do this" is the shit, and because what he talks about in that song I've been there, well besides my girl going home drunk and sh*t but anyways that song is tight and "happy someday" is pretty cool. Another thing, its 2005 there is not much anyone can be original about when it comes to music for the simple fact that its all been done before for the most part. They rock and this is coming from one of the coolest m*tha f*ckers I know, ME lol so deal with it.
Billy -virginia

Anonymous (July 10, 2005)

There's not a song on the album called "Runaway". It's called "Can't Turn Away". I see the reviewer here is quite competent - even bothered to get the names of the songs right. I'm impressed.

All music is cliche. Nothing is new. I don't know who you're looking for to be brand new, because every single punk, hardcore, emo, screamo, pop, etc. band sounds alike. You can't escape it. Try not to judge originality, because original rock no longer exists. Regarding the lyrics: Reviewer never mentioned the song "Radios In Heaven" is one of the most original songs I've heard in a long time. Take the time to listen to the music if you're going to review it.

-Mistafah Christafah.

Anonymous (March 6, 2005)

Its felicia again : ) thye rock... i thought i'ld remind you.

Anonymous (March 6, 2005)

this was the best f*cking band ive ever delt with! They where so kind to me and my friends they deserve a 10... i love tom!!! They worked to help benifite suicidal teens, In my eyes that rocks, b/c i was one, untill they came along i didnt know there was somewhere i could get help. i love each and every one of them for all they have done. I saw them in consert and they signed my gear, i wish them the best of luck*

Foaming_97 (March 5, 2005)

I"ve never heard them or really heard of them before in my life but they probably rock because i was told so! :) and because i'll get my ass kicked if i say they suck....SO THEY ROCK

twisted_kid (March 5, 2005)

they rock! i love them! and they are real nice in person! good lyrics too! and awsome live! nothing is bad on the cd i love the whole thing! and i like the song radio's in heaven cuz it makes me think of my uncle!

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

i slang in my white tee

prankish (February 15, 2005)

Nice guys. Stayed over at our place once (our neighbors originally recorded them in Chicago) and I honestly didn't even know they were in any band until after they left and someone else told me. I thought it was pretty neat that they made no real mention of them being in music (that or they were ashamed to admit their pop punkness in front of the group). Either way, for pop punk you could do much worse. "What If" was a guilty pleasure of mine, and the quality of recording on some of their tracks is quite good.

sickboi (February 14, 2005)

No, Scott, I said a "good" signing.

FortyMinutesWest (February 13, 2005)

This band has some the worst lyrics I've ever seen. Which is fitting, since it goes with some of the worst music I've ever heard.

greg0rb (February 13, 2005)

They used to do a pretty bitchin' cover of Livin on a Prayer, doubt they do it anymore. I will give them this- their current drummer (not sure if he's on this one or just the newest) is fuckin amazing. I'd see them live again just to watch him.

Anonymous (February 13, 2005)

Gatsbys American Dream.....meh

Anonymous (February 12, 2005)

I saw them with Jimmy Eat World and it can be summed up in one word: underwhelmed.

Anonymous (February 12, 2005)

"Fearless hasn't had a good signing since Bigwig."

Incorrect. Gatsbys American Dream.


Anonymous (February 12, 2005)

Despite the band hitting on many underage girls the last time I saw them, I too can understand how this CD could be a guilty pleasure. Some of the songs are damn catchy!

And Chinatown about your college radio, damn, that is plain sad. No pun intended.

Anonymous (February 11, 2005)

People need to understand there is a big different between the Chicago scene and the scene of the suburbs. The suburbs produce all the crappy pop punk bands. All those bands here are in the early teens, and havenā??t heard any bands outside the Vagrant/Drive Thru/Victory world. The Chicago scene ignores these crappy pop punk bands, theres much better ground-breaking bands in the city.

If you ever see the Plain White Tā??s playing in Chicago (which isnā??t that much), I can safely assume, itā??s a bunch of girls driving in from the suburbs to see them.

Anonymous (February 11, 2005)

i saw these guys with the deviates a few years ago and they were fucking horrible,

i thought they were just some shit local band but apparently they're from chicago

-the other scott

sickboi (February 11, 2005)

Fearless hasn't had a good signing since Bigwig.

Cos (February 11, 2005)

i saw this band play a free afternoon show at my school once...shit, might have even seen 'em twice. The most boring shit ever.

How do bands like this get away with being called punk? There is nothing relating to the sound, scene, or values at all. Just boring guy likes girl rock. Ten years ago these guys would be dismissed as imitators of Live or something. Now, they're "emo"

I realize this has been said a million times before here and elsewhere, but that doesn't make the subject any less frustrating.


Anonymous (February 11, 2005)

Didn't Fearless sign At The Drive-In at one time? Talk about going downhill...


XmeepX (February 11, 2005)

the guys in this band aren't even cute!

Anonymous (February 11, 2005)

"I'm sure it's been said but this band needs to follow their own advice"

Should've been kinda obvious, but I still laughed to myself out loud.


leftoverbud (February 11, 2005)

you know, this album really isn't that good, but their new shit, is fucking hot as hell.

Anonymous (February 11, 2005)

i know it's lame, and i know the album really is quite horrible, but for some reason i still like it a little bit...i just can't help it...it's cast some strange spell over me...

dazed (February 11, 2005)

I'm sure it's been said but this band needs to follow their own advice

Anonymous (February 11, 2005)

scores for the early review posting, and the 'el guapo' song, "just don't know". greatness.

Anonymous (February 11, 2005)

No one knows this, but once ago these guys were around for like three years in VILLA PARK, ILLINOIS until they got signed to Fearless. That first CD they released on Fearless was just re-released they had it out on their own before.

Its so funny, they would get at least 50 messages a day on their guest book for how they sucked so bad and how they molested all these girls.

They had nice pictures of them on their old website with them in tight white t shirts with their nipples hard on purpose, and them in wife beaters. It was criminal how lame they are.......

Back then, no one outside of the Chicago suburbs knew about them....to see all the drama, I always laugh these guys off......

Archangel (February 11, 2005)

ā??I know I'm not perfect but what makes him so fucking cool? He's just another little punk like the rest of them, the kid's just another tool."

Score's for Lifetime.

Anonymous (February 11, 2005)

I know for a fact that my university radio station is the lamest one to ever exist. Seriously, all 4 of the "punk" shows ONLY play Vagrant/Drive-Thru bands. I haven't listened to these shows very much at all, but I've yet to hear one good band. Simply awful.


TheOneTrueBill (February 11, 2005)

Wow. Chinatown, if that's true, than that guy is the lamest person to ever exist.

Anonymous (February 10, 2005)

I was sampling a so-called "punk" show that airs on my university's radio station.

This is the first band that the host played. He said that he found out about them through pureVOLUME, and that they possessed "all the elements that make me love punk rock."


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