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Plain White T's
Hey There Delilah
Fearless Records/ Reprise

Plain White T's are a quintet from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois whose third studio album Hey There Delilah, produced by Sean O'Keefe (Fall Out Boy, Hawthorne Heights, Motion City Soundtrack), makes the most of their brand of garage-rock/power pop chords. Balancing balustrades of punk, pop and melodic rock contours, Plain White T's songs have a club rock grumble with emo-style lyrics stilt with a Panic! At The Disco and Simple Plan edifice and simpering with a Taking Back Sunday and Hot Hot Heat infectious party beat. Plain White T's combo of crisp drum pellets and synchronized double powered guitar rumbles keep the tracks active and spirited while undercoating the propelled vocal lifts.

The album opens with the ballady, acoustic number "Hey There Delilah," made with dainty seams loosely fortified by bare vocals trembling on the brink of collapsing into the sea of sparse guitar surfs. The title track is the only ballad on the album but it flexes Plain White T's musicality into venturing with classic acoustic frames holding an authentic grasp on the music form.

Proceeding the title track is a line of party rock tunes like "Easy Way Out" and "Down The Road" whose designs attract pop/rock enthusiasts as they pound with crunching drum work and bracing vocals. The songs "Losing Myself" and "If I Told You" keep in line with the power party rock stratum with a fun and furious momentum protracting slings like The Academy Is, All American Rejects, and Big City Rock.

The music relates to club rock tempos with bolting rhythm sections and drilling guitar twisters locking in the vocal moxies while the lyrics pierce through emotions like in "If I Told You": "If I told you I loved you/ Would it move you enough/ To even act as if you've heard?/ If I said I was leavin'/ Would you still find a reason/ To ignore my every word?/ 'Cause I'm the one who waits here for you/ I'm the who'll always adore you/ I'm the one who is dying for your cause"

The album is topped by a live version of "Hey There Delilah" which offers thicker instrumentation than the studio version and a chunkier vocal delivery. The disc is also an enhanced CD providing music videos for "Hey There Delilah," "Take Me Away," and "All That We Needed." First up, "Hey There Delilah" is a narrative of the song done in black and white film. "Take Me Away" is a party scene with scantily-clad women prancing around the band and mirroring the lyrics. One of the band members is donning a Def Leppard t-shirt reminiscent of the nostalgic 80's power pop/party rock band who made melodic guitar rock a commercial success, but Plain White T's contemporary mix stakes a refreshing bend on lovelorn tales and adrenaline-fumed desires. "All That We Needed' furnishes excellent live footage of the band playing their energy-pumped tune.

Plain White T's entered the music scene with their debut album Stop in 2002. Their sophomore release All That We Needed in 2005 put them on the Take Action Tour with Sugarcult, Hawthorne Heights, and Head Automatica and made for their third studio endeavor Hey There Delilah. Band mates Tom Higgenson - vocals, Dave Tirio - Gibson guitars, Tim Lopez - Fender/Telecaster guitars, Mike Retondo - Fender bass guitar, and De'Mar Hamilton - Gravity drums, make party rock tunes with a tight fit, transitional edges, and a lively pulse.

Plain White T's will be playing 4 weeks on the Vans Warped Tour this summer bringing in their club rock grooves lubricated by punk rock voltage and swigs of emo-slaver.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1) Hey There Delilah
2) Easy Way Out
3) Down The Road
4) Losing Myself
5) If I Told You
6) Hey There Delilah (live version)

Music Video Listing:
1) Take Me Away
2) Hey There Delilah
3) All That We Needed

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