Plain White T's
Every Second Counts


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by Lambda USER (68 Reviews)
January 1st, 2011 | 10 replies | 6,313 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


"Hey there Delilah
What's it like in New York City?
I'm a thousand miles away
But girl, tonight you look so pretty
Yes you do
Times Square can't shine as bright as you
I swear it's true
"

Hey There Delilah was the Plain White T's first number 1 hit in the United States. It was actually featured on their 2005 effort "All That We Needed," but was re-released on this album with a string section added to the original recording. Time magazine named Hey There Delilah the seventh best song of 2007,and it has been covered by various artists, from The Vitamin String Quartet to Kidz Bop. Those infamous lyrics will ring in my head for a while to come.

But what about the rest of the album? Well, it's essentially generic pop-punk with an assortment of good riffs buried deep within its depths. First single Hate (I Really Don't Like You) has an exceedingly catchy main riff and vocal line which manage to overshadow the poor lyrics and make it one of the best tracks on the album. The beginning of Come Back To Me is almost Jimmy Eat World-esque, with its hypnotic, mellow atmosphere during the verses and tasteful use of falsetto vocals. Also, penultimate track Figure It Out features a boisterous main riff, catchy choruses, and a surprisingly decent guitar solo.

Sadly, there are several songs on here that fail to live up to the rest. Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk and Gimme A Chance are both completely unnoteworthy, while Write You A Song feels like an attempt at Hey There Delilah 2.0, and needless to say it fails miserably. Track six Making A Memory would also be totally uninteresting were it not for the subtle, but skillful use of strings during the choruses, and So Damn Clever is arguably the most generic song of the album, with its typical structure and indistinctive lyrics.

The Plain White T's "Every Second Counts" is a surprisingly decent release. It may be a fairly run-of-the-mill pop-punk album at its core, but some of the catchy guitar riffs, vocal lines, and choruses save it from failure.

Simple though it may be, it is still an adequate pop-punk album.

"Hey there Delilah
I've got so much left to say
If every simple song I wrote to you
Would take your breath away
I'd write it all
"




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Lambda
January 1st 2011



2411 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Figured this could use a review.

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SCREAMorphine
January 1st 2011



1751 Comments


Good review, i remember buying this

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2011



15332 Comments


Let me take you there is amazing

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random
January 1st 2011



2259 Comments


Hey There Delilah was performed last night on one of the New Years Eve shows, and it reminded me how much I hate that song.

Lambda
January 1st 2011



2411 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks guys. I found Let Me Take You There decent but not amazing, maybe I should listen to it again.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2011



15332 Comments


I used it in a slideshow back when i was a freshman in college, i think i just have memories attached to it. "So Damn Clever", "Hate" and "Making a Memory" are probably the best.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 1st 2011



10194 Comments


HATE IS A STRONG
WORD
BUT I REALLY
REALLY REALLY DONT LIKE
YOU

Lambda
January 1st 2011



2411 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah Hate is my favourite off the album (lyrics aside). :P

Spec
June 4th 2012



27053 Comments


OHHHH WHAT YOU DO TO MEEEE

RollieQuibbs
December 7th 2012



430 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

DREK!



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