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Every Second Counts [CD]

Plain White T's Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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In some of the most quantifiable ways, the Plain White T’s count as a veteran outfit. After all, the band formed in the late ‘90s, when cofounder Tom Higgenson was still in high school, and the T’s had several independent releases already to their credit even before “Hey There Delilah” became an international sensation and cultural touchstone in 2007.

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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000U9WZGS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Hey There Delilah 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Our Time Now 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Come Back To Me 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hate (I Really Don't Like You) 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. You And Me 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Making A Memory 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. So Damn Clever 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tearin' Us Apart 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Write You A Song 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Gimme A Chance 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Figure It Out 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Let Me Take You There 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Take Me Away 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

If you're planning on buying the Plain White T's Every Second Counts on the strength of 'Hey There Delilah', don't. Save your money. By all means, download the single. Buy the 2006 'Hey There Delilah' EP if you have to. If you absolutely must, buy the band's second album, All That We Needed, on which the song first featured, in January 2005.

While it's a beautiful, touching tune, it's been over two and a half years since it first saw the light of day. In that time, Chicago's Plain White T's (or, to be fair, their record label) have churned the track out repeatedly on subsequent US releases. By now, Delilah has probably graduated, got married, had kids, and bought a duplex in Detroit. Seriously guys, get over it. Move on.

Now that the single has caught fire over here, it's been cynically bolted onto the start of the UK release of Every Second Counts, and it stands out like a sore thumb. In fact, the song's gentle, heart-on-sleeve sincerity just serves to highlight how hackneyed and vacuous the rest of the album is ('I wish that you could understand the way / I felt when she looked at me today' sings frontman Tom Higgenson on 'Tearin' Us Apart').

Frustratingly, the T's never stray from tired tales of teens breaking up and making up. 'Our Time Now' is a tableau of angst at the high school prom that's so clichéd it's almost sickening. 'Nervous hands and anxious smiles', Higgenson whines, 'it's an endless summer, I can feel the butterflies leading me through it'.

Sadly, the musicianship isn't any more ambitious. As is par for the pop-punk course, power chords abound and songs rarely top three minutes. True, Every Second Counts has a healthy array of hooks and harmonies, but it's all been done better by the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Get Up Kids and All-American Rejects. Penultimate slow-builder 'Let Me Take You There' is more sensitive and fares better, but the sad truth is, you're unlikely to make it that far through the album.

Every Second Counts has the stench of a band whose progress and creativity has been stifled by marketing masterplans beyond their control. Best avoided. --Richard Banks

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's more to the PWTs than 'Delilah' 25 Aug 2007
By A. Nye
Format:Audio CD
As mentioned in the previous review none of the tracks are like 'Hey There Delilah' but that doesn't make it a bad album. It's classic 'Plain White T's' - good fun pop/punk. Tracks like 'Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk' and 'Our Time Now' make it much better than their previous albums. You probably shouldn't buy it without listening to samples if the only PWTs song you've ever heard is 'Hey There Delilah' but it's a great pop album. In my opinion the best Plain White T's album so far
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The hottest unheard of sensation!! 16 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
I went to Canada recently and Hey There Delilah became the theme song to my trip! It was everywhere! I loved that one song so much i went and bought the album. Most of the tracks are quite rocky and reminded me a bit of Billy Talent or Bowling For Soup which kind of surprised me as i was expecting something a bit more ballady. For me Hey There Delilah is still the best song (the music is really simple but the lyrics are lovely); Write You a Song, Hate and Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk are also really great tracks that i couldn't get out of my head. Very happy with this impulse buy!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plain White Tease. 9 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Most prospective purchasers of this UK release (containing a slightly rejigged track list from the US version) will be looking at it off the back of single Delilah. You may think the simple acoustic beauty of 'Hey there Delilah' would be replicated here, not the case. The only track that comes close is the acoustic strumming of 'write you a song'. The rest of the album is a collection of straight ahead power pop rock, crunchy guitars and bouncy rythems put them a world away from the hit single.
If you can apreaciate the more youthful sound on display then you will find a few catchy pop moments tucked away amongst more average fillers. It would be recommended to at least have a listen to some of the other tracks if you were expecting more of Delilah. It's not the fault of Plain White Tees though, they are an established act and have been crafting this brand of rock for a while, they just happen to have released a killer single that differs from their usual output.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge an album by a single 17 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Please don't buy this whole album on the basis of `Hey There Delilah' because the rest of the album is very different. Not bad, but not what you might be hoping for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good, shows there's more to life than 'Delilah' 31 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Although this is a good pop rock/emo album, it ain't amazing. The two stand out tracks in my opinion are 'Hate (I Really Don't Like You)' and 'Hey There Delilah'. Plain White T's are no one hit wonders but people are just judging them by 'Delilah' which is unfortunate because they have the potential to be extremely big on the basis of not just one song. I must admit though once you hear 'Delilah' as the first track on the album, you just want to go back and listen again cause it's the best track on the album. Songs like 'Our Time Now' and 'You And Me' should be definite future hits and I look forward to hearing more from these guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different 30 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
I think this is a great album. I would recomend it to anyone. The only reason people are slating this is because its different from the hit single. It's not like the absurd rubbish you hear belting out of the radio these days. Consumers will only like what is thrown at them.
I think the best song on this album is "You and Me", it is a very catchy and original song. As for the people that say that from an artistic point of view its not very technical and just a load of songs made from power chords, go try writing songs like this and then try telling me that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 2 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
Did you love Hey There Delilah? Do you want to hear more songs like it? Do you think that's what you'll find on Every Second Counts? Well let me just save you some money.
I loved Hey There Delilah and so brought the album. I was surprised at what I heard. And not pleasantly. I found most of the songs a cross between busted and bowling for soup. The Plain White T's are not original like we all thought but have tried, like so many other bands, to conform to the current tastes in music. It's a shame they got it so wrong!
I still love Hey There Delilah but haven't even bothered to put the rest of the songs on my Ipod. So just buy the single and don't waste your money on the repetative, unoriginal and disappointing album that is "every second counts".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plain Wicked 18 April 2010
Format:MP3 Download
Yes it's not all Hey There Delilah acoustic ... its catchy american Pop / Rock ... preview the tracks before moaning that it's a waste ... I really like the album ... real toe tapper and great driving toons !!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
One good track the rest are lift music, avoid unless you are a real fan
Published 2 months ago by m
3.0 out of 5 stars Delilah
Good CD, some of the songs are really good. Plain White T's are an up and coming band so looking forward to seeing more of them
Published 7 months ago by daisy81
5.0 out of 5 stars great find! Love it!
I first heard "Hey there Delilah" on YouTube and was intrigued. The whole album does not disappoint, I enjoyed it very much. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jobdiesel
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album
It's cheesy, but it's also fantastic! Plain White T's have a neat little album here, ALL the songs are catchy and undoubted classics. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is Plain White T's stand out album, with tracks like Hey There Delilah and Hate it truly is great.
Published 22 months ago by Duncan Collis
4.0 out of 5 stars Every Second Counts
I got this for my daughter for Easter and I must admit I like it too - sufficiently retro enough for me - good tunes and well played pop.
Published on 12 April 2010 by Kaz 67
5.0 out of 5 stars Great feel good album
I LOVE this. Bought it on the strength of "Hey there Delilah" & fell in love with all the other tracks. Years down the line the album's still a favourite. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2010 by An Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Bought this album on the strength of Take me Away and was not dissappointed. I mostly listen to music in my car and I realised I was driving along smiling throughout each track.. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2009 by Betty Black
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish!
The only good song on here is, 'Hey there, Delilah' so get that as a single if you like it. I wasted my money. I wish I had never bothered buying this CD. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2009 by Nom de plume
1.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to the 9th Circle of Hell or Walmart?
You decide.

Actually. Let me help you, please don't buy this CD its terrible.
Published on 22 April 2008 by Sam Son
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