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Plain White T's

Plain White T's: Every Second CountsEvery Second Counts (2006)
Fearless Records

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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I'm willing to forgive most of the shortcomings pop-rock bands bring to the table. I don't expect much creativity, I don't expect earth-shattering lyrical revelations, and I don't expect instrumental mastery. What I do expect is catchy and succinct music with lots of replay value, and for reasons to.
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I'm willing to forgive most of the shortcomings pop-rock bands bring to the table. I don't expect much creativity, I don't expect earth-shattering lyrical revelations, and I don't expect instrumental mastery. What I do expect is catchy and succinct music with lots of replay value, and for reasons to be named shortly, Plain White T's have never made that grade.

Sure, most bands of this ilk could be written off as corny, hokey, or any number of colorful adjectives. Plain White T's are on a different plain, though. They're able to take those corny qualities that can often be endearing and take them to a ridiculous level, such as is heard on "Hate (I Really Don't Like You)":

You were everything I wanted, you were everything a girl could be / You left me broken hearted, now you don't mean a thing to me.
Blink-182 caught a lot of flack during their tenure as a band for sophomoric lyrics, but if there's ever been words taken straight off a Sharpie-covered middle school locker, it's those. I don't want to feel dumber just by hearing lyrics, but that's a foregone conclusion with the all the trite thoughts this band has penned. When people listen to bands like PWT's, they want to be able to sing along, they want to have some sort of connection to the lyrics, however minor they may be, and it's hard to imagine that happening anywhere on Every Second Counts.

In their favor is the fact that they were able to write some definitively catchy hooks, and it's shown right out of the gate with "Our Time Now," a mid-tempo track with extremely simple chord progressions and an infectious chorus. It's the way anyone who likes pop-rock wants songs to be constructed -- easy to follow and easier to enjoy. There's not much to invest in a song you've likely heard before played slightly differently by another band entirely. They also fire off some real missteps, thoughl; "Making a Memory" is that down-trodden, 'introspective' effort that's as token as it is disjointed. The punchy chorus is accompanied by some weak instrumentation that doesn't fit at all, and as if you had to ask, the lyrics are equally as disappointing. Even in a genre as welcoming to break through in as pop-rock, there's pitfalls to avoid, and Plain White T's step right into all of them.

Well I guess this is growing up.

 


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drbino (March 28, 2008)

If i hear the Delilah song one more time im going to start crushing skulls. These fuck knuckles just ruined my friday. PWT = Nickelback with eating disorders

Anonymous (August 16, 2007)

score is for the don imus comment.

and the blink 182 quote.

SteeevePerry (August 16, 2007)

This album is just terrible. Hey There Delilah is the most god awful song ever passed off as pop-punk. I would probably rather listen to Coldplay. Or even Hinder. No, not Hinder... I take that one back.

mickeydalez (August 15, 2007)

the only thing good about this album is the blink 182 quote at the end of this review

Anonymous (August 15, 2007)

Score is for nappy headed hos

Anonymous (August 15, 2007)

why isn't there more shit talking goin on in here? more like the plain white FAGS! hahahha....aaaaahhhh....uhhhhh. hello?

Anonymous (August 15, 2007)

I downloaded "Take Me Away" and played it maybe 70 times in 2 days while working on a paper maybe 18 months ago.

So infectious.

The rest I can do without.

Delilah is all over the place now. Literally everywhere.

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

"there is a darkie in this band?"

I prefer "moorish lad."

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

there is a darkie in this band?

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

I saw they added "Hey There Delilah" on This album too. So that's a total of 2 albums and 1 ep...

Goddamn they sure are milking that song.


Almost like Face To Face did with Disconnected, the difference being that Face To Face didn't suck.

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

Fuck up tha punx.

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

I slang in my white tee i bang in my white tee

brown (August 14, 2007)

I saw they added "Hey There Delilah" on This album too. So that's a total of 2 albums and 1 ep...

Goddamn they sure are milking that song.

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

perfect review. I actually really enjoyed their previous effort "all that we needed" quite a bit, but this album, they seemed to dumb down the lyrics even more and shoot for more of a Fall Out Boy sound on a number of tracks and write more "ballad" style songs after the cult following of "hey there delilah" (which has since turned from a fan favorite/cult ditty to a full blow top 10 hit, reworked with backing vocals and strings! yippee!)

Their previous effort had some great beatles-esque pop songs like "my only one" and some great Jimmy Eat World like pop anthems "all that we needed", "take me away". Sure hte lyrics were pretty bad, but the music and vocal harmonies and hooks made up for it.

All that made them endearing on their 2005 effort is gone, and wha tis left here is a mediocre effort; save the opening track "our time now" which is the only song that has elements of the previous album and hooks that stand up to that album. The rest is dumbed down, watered down generic pop rock.

NEXT.

Paul

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

there was a point in time, like 4 years ago or so, where i actually liked these guys a lot. theri last 2 albums managed to crush that though

Archangel (August 14, 2007)

Aren't these guitar-holding vaginas responsible for that shitty "Hey There Delilah" song? If so, I hate them all. Score is for that song and how regularly I have to hear it.

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

I like the Blink182 reference is the last sentence.

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

whoops, i meant anchors. sorry, force of habit.

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

well, justin obviously has a template for reviews he doesn't have time to do properly, it seems. i wonder if he gets bonus points for ending with a "clever" one-liner. between this and the love me destroyer review he's really showing what he's capable of -- nothing.

T-Rock (August 14, 2007)

2nd place for album of the year.

First is Yellowcard, obviously.

red_eye_inc (August 14, 2007)

Is that really the cover? It looks like shit.

punk_rawk_show (August 14, 2007)

Yeh this album blows.

I really loved Stop as it was my "Break-up/Get back together" album, it has alot of great catchy songs on it. The lyrics are not mind blowing but you can relate to them easily.

All that we needed sucked so much balls it wasnt funny except for the song Breakdown, which was good.

I was hoping this album would go back in the STOP direction, but no, it just got even shitter than All that we needed. The only song i would ever listen to again of it is Friends dont let friends dial drunk

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

Plain White Tís are on a different plain, though.
Oh, thats clever, so very clever. Score is for Anchors' cleverness.

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

im guessing you were going for cute points with this review.

freesandwich (August 14, 2007)

up da cunts

facetofacereunion08 (August 13, 2007)

up tha punx

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