Doesn’t Count as Much
Congratulations, Plain White Tâ€šÃ„Ã´s! The award for this yearâ€šÃ„Ã´s hopeless romantic album goes to your latest CD, Every Second Counts. Always the victim of love, each song would be perfect as background music for a â€šÃ„Ã²lonely without youâ€šÃ„Ã´ montage on The OC.Paling in comparison to earlier releases such as 2002’s Stop, it is hard to believe that this is Plain White Tâ€šÃ„Ã´s first major label record. Every Second Counts jumps from upbeat to ballad too often and would greatly benefit from reordering the track listing. The single â€šÃ„ÃºHate (I Really Donâ€šÃ„Ã´t Like You)â€šÃ„Ã¹ is a boppy song perfect for the middle and high school set, even more so that the lyrics sound like they were taken from an 8th graderâ€šÃ„Ã´s Livejournal (â€šÃ„ÃºAll I wanted was your love, love, love love love love/ Hate is a strong word, but I really, really, really donâ€šÃ„Ã´t like youâ€šÃ„Ã¹).
While lyrics arenâ€šÃ„Ã´t exactly their strength, Tom Higgenson and the Tâ€šÃ„Ã´s can be too fun at times to notice. â€šÃ„ÃºYou and Me,â€šÃ„Ã¹ for instance, is a cute little ditty that will make you want to share a milkshake with your crush, then skip hand in hand through a field. As for the slower songs, there are too many attempts (â€šÃ„ÃºLet Me Take You Thereâ€šÃ„Ã¹ being the best) at the next â€šÃ„ÃºHey There Delilah,â€šÃ„Ã¹ the acoustic hit that first put PWT on the music map.
Every Second Counts contains a few good songs reminiscent of their old style, but the new marketable pop sound has turned the Plain White Tâ€šÃ„Ã´s into a boy band with instruments. Fingers are crossed in hopes that they can return to their former indie record glory.