Big Bad World - Plain White T's
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  • Summary: The fifth album for the rock band from Illinois, who's single 'Hey There Delilah' (off their 2005 album "All That We Needed" and re-released as a single in 2007) was nominated for a Grammy in 2008.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Big Bad World also features some cranked-guitar rockers seemingly designed to prove the band hasn't gone (totally) soft, but even those ring with echoes of 'Delilah'
  2. Big Bad World is a tidy, enjoyable release, and the Plain White T's deserve points for remaining grounded after a meteoric year.
  3. Doo-wop-inspired harmonies lend a barbershop charm to the Chicago quintet's earnest and energetic pop-punk sound, though the retro styling of World occasionally comes off as more tired than inspired.
  4. 60
    Where past albums documented a litany of bummers, cascading melodies now airbrush moments of depression or kinkiness--even the horny groupie of 'Natural Disaster' sounds like a girl you could take home to Mom. Higgenson’s new outlook is surprising.
  5. Plain White T's are ultimately as bland and banal as the clothing they take their name from. [Dec 2008, p.133]
  6. This time around, it's all saccharine pop and desperate ballads.
  7. One can’t help but be at least slightly impressed at the precocious skill with which these polished musicians craft songs so completely shiny and empty.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. JosephC
    Jul 27, 2009
    Their best album to date. Beautiful melodies and harmonies. Catchy. Great Sound. 1,2,3 4, Sunlight, I Really Want You, and Meet Me In California will be sure to make you smile. Expand
  2. Mar 8, 2012
    WE got a classic in our hands espicially with the hit 1,2,3,4. Great album it's actually my favorite album from plain white t's. It's a shame that there not as big as they were in 2007-2008 Expand
  3. Mar 29, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Es un buen album con un ritmo nuevo y revolucionario cuesta aceptarlo pero es un album bueno, con un tiempo lento muy soul pero no es muy divertido para escuchar es un album aburrido y monotono al mismo tiempo pero las letras y ritmos son buenos, le puedo decir que otro estupido album acerca de lo mismo Expand
  4. ArchibaldC
    Sep 25, 2008
    I'll be forthcoming: "Hey There Delilah" was bad enough to taint their next record. The fact that it was nominated for a Grammy delegitimizes the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The stink on their name persists. Expand