Plain White T's - The Wonders of the Younger

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Emo, Pop-rock
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Plain White T's
The Wonders of the Younger
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Hey there Delilah….again.  Apparently, we’re not quite finished.

Well, at least not yet.  Plain White T’s latest installment hits the stores, and all of a sudden, girl’s hearts are prepared to woo.  Then again, no doubt at the fault of their own, have the girls forgotten already?  I mean, it has been quite a gap between this release and the album with that one single; need I remind you of it again?  It seems that everyone forgot about this band for a number of reasons.  For one, their last album Big Bad World was as affably cheesy as a Wiggles concert (did they play ‘Big Red Car’?), and was unbearable, to say the absolute least.  Also, it left those cute little emo-girls wondering what the hell happened to this band.  However, that being said, the T’s look to rectify their nearly-soiled reputation with The Wonders of the Younger.

Despite its sullenly tacky title, the album, in reality, is somewhat (but not much) of a step forward from their previous approach.  Lead vocalist/guitarist Tom Higgenson’s purpose in the creation of this album was not only to create a melody, but also to explore new areas musically.  That being said, there’s not much of an adventure.  This is just about as unadventurous as you can possibly get, and maybe if this wasn’t a concept album, then the expectations that they put on themselves would be lessened, and I would be somewhat flabbergasted.  But alas, there’s not much to shout about, except maybe that this band is stuck in a desert of musical mediocrity.  The lyrics are still blatantly obvious, also a red flag when pursuing a concept.  A good example, during the track “Cirque Dans La Rue”, Higgenson so semi-passionately sings “I want to have a party in the middle of the street.” Who doesn’t?  However, since the concept is about a carnival-themed childhood wonder, you have to just accept this tawdry drivel for what it means to the writer.

Unfortunately, there’s not much rescue from this lyrical atrocity, as Higgenson continues his lack of bravado by asking in the track “Killers” “If I was the scariest monster you ever seen, would you still love me?” The shear abandonment of artistic endeavor is nearly offensive, but for all intents and purposes, accepted by those who don’t really know any better.  The only thing saving this album from absolute demise is their half-hearted attempt at pop-punk relevance; the top pick being from the track “Map of the World”.

When it comes down to it, the charm left over from Delilah was short-lived.  I’m aghast that this band still exists, but then again, I probably shouldn’t, considering that this band was a teenage-sweetheart waiting to happen.  The T’s seem to have bred a whole new kind of pop-punk (much emphasis on the pop and only slightly on the punk) that seems to be all over the place now.  I will not beat a dead horse by complaining, just like any other music publication, that the current state of pop-punk is in the shitter, but I will say that Plain White T’s half-assed excuse for art is distasteful.  However, just bring back the acoustic, finger-pick two chords, mix in some wishy-washy melody about a girl and New York City, and you’re golden.

1. Irrational Anthem
2. Boomerang
3. Welcome to the Mystery
4. Rhythm of Love
5. Map of the World
6. Killer
7. Last Breath
8. Broken Record
9. Airplane
10. Cirque Dans La Rue
11. Body Parts
12. Make It Up As You Go
13. Wonders of the Younger

Plain White T's are a pop-punk band formed in 1997 in Illinois, United States. They are best known for "Hey There Delilah", an acoustic song performed solely by singer Tom Higgenson originally released in 2005 and later hit #1 in the US in 2007.

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