Robyn P. (makesomebodyhappy) from WAYCROSS, GA Reviewed on 9/4/2007...
GREAT CD. There is not a track that I don't like and have not had stuck in my head at some point since I got it.
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Very solid CD with terrific hooks
Jonathan Appleseed | 08/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After seeing that "Hey There Delilah" was #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, I listened to a 30-second clip from the song, and liked it - not only because it was a catchy song, but also because it was different (i.e., *not* "Party Like a Rock Star"). Then I came here, where I saw that the album had a decidedly average ranking, and very few reviews written for it. That last bit surprised me, given the length of time the single had been on the chart (16 weeks when it hit #1).
I read all of the reviews here, and after reading a particularly negative review, I decided that I wanted to buy the CD. There's a pet peeve I have with people who disregard pop songs simply because they're pop songs. (Like the Lennon - McCartney debate. Lennon wrote the more meaningful songs, but McCartney was far more successful on the charts because he wrote pop songs, and was fine with it. "Silly Love Songs" was his ode to that philosophy, and is one of my favorite songs from him because of it.) Not everything needs to be deep and meaningful. I look at it like this: regarding films, I love heart ripping dramas - Schindler's List - but I also love movies that make me laugh, like South Park. There's a place for almost everything.
That I purchased the CD and gave it a shot couldn't have made me happier. I'm delighted with it. Sure, as some reviews say, the lyrics on a few songs aren't clever and on a couple of occasions are hokey, but excepting those few instances, the lyrics stand strong. Also, this is an eminently listenable CD. Don't confuse that with "muzak". These guys really have a knack at writing hooks, and if "Hey There Delilah" appeals to people, I have a feeling several other songs may find their way onto Billboard's Hot 100 as well.
Some of my favorites are: -Our Time Now -Come Back to Me -Write You a Song (great lyrics) -Let Me Take You There -Hey There Delilah
The rest of the CD is very solid. If you're on the edge and like songs with great hooks - NOT bubble gum pop at all - you'll probably like this. As I said: eminently listenable, and also supremely enjoyable. "
3-1/2 stars -- If you hate emo, skip this review
Anthony Rupert | Milwaukee, WI | 05/13/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Plain White T's are another one of those punk-pop bands whose first few albums went unnoticed, but then their recent material got picked up by MTV, thus giving them some exposure. I say "some" because few people seem to own Every Second Counts, but I decided to check it out anyway.
I really didn't think I would like this album all that much because the only song I ever heard from them was the aptly titled "Hate (I Really Don't Like You)". But there are much better songs than that, particularly the first two tracks: "Our Time Now" and "Come Back to Me". And while the acoustic "Write You a Song" is passable, an even better choice would be "Hey There Delilah", a revamped track from the EP of the same name.
But then there's the dud track "Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk", as well as a couple of lyrically challenged songs: "You and Me" and "Figure It Out" (which is indeed hard to figure out: "I'll figure it out as soon as I figure it out"?). Basically, while Every Second Counts isn't a waste of time, the guys should do something to make themselves stand out more because right now they'll probably be considered as one of those "other" emo bands.
Several Seconds Wasted
Laney Belle | Dublin, Ireland | 09/08/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"So I ordered this cd without having heard anything else by The Plain White T's other than 'Hey There Delilah', and to be honest with you, I wish I'd just bought that track on iTunes and saved myself a few quid (not to mention the time spent listening).
What you get here is nothing like the smash hit single 'Delilah'. No, all 'Every Second Counts' offers is kind of what you'd expect if you mixed 'Jimmy Eat World' with 'Fall Out Boy', and then made it even whinier! I'd just like to point out that I love Jimmy Eat World and have a fondness for Fall Out Boy on occasion, so for me to dislike this cd, is a surprise. I just can't get past the ridiculous lyrics (e.g. hate is a strong word, but I really really really don't like you) and extreme whining.
Gah! Just put the cd in and program it to repeat 'Hey There Delilah', which incidentally is a bonus track - hmmm"
"This is an successfully satisfying album that I personally enjoyed. There was not one song that I didn't like, and its probably like that with everyone else. I recommend this album on many levels, great songs like "So Damn Clever" & "Hate" are popular and fun songs for everyone to enjoy. This band sings about relationships and stuff teens and other people cant relate to, that's what makes it so popular. I recommend this album for everyone and hope you enjoy it as much as I did."
I loved it
David W. Brand | 07/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I simply loved this cd. From songs with a quick beat like Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk to toning it down with Write You A Song. They have a familiar sound but to me it's unique. The lyrics are all solid. I don't know how anyone could not like the acoustic Hey There Delilah, it's probably one of the sweetest songs on the radio today. Overall, I recommend this cd to anyone."