The Plain White T’s are quickly becoming one of the more popular bands in the pop-rock genre. With their last album, All That We Needed, quickly gaining the interest of many teenagers, the Plain White T’s are on their way to being the “next big thing.” So, to satisfy hungry fans before their next full-length album, the Chicago quintet will be releasing a new EP, titled Hey There Delilah, named after one of their more popular songs from the last album. Produced by Sean O’Keefe (Fall Out Boy, Motion City Soundtrack), Delilah features a new version and a live version of “Hey There Delilah, and 4 new songs waiting to capture the ears of pop fans everywhere.
The EP opens with a new version of “Hey There Delilah,” which has an addition of strings that fit nicely in the track, and is definitely the highlight of the entire EP. The next song is the foot-stomping “Easy Way Out,” which features driving guitars and a few handclaps. “Down The Road” is a peppy song which features some fine drumming and also has the best chorus out of all the new tracks on the EP, while “Losing Myself” is a mid-paced track that grooves smoothly from verse to verse. “If I Told You” has a redundant chorus that is redeemed by catchy verses, which slightly reminds me of pop music from the late 60’s and early 70’s. The EP closes with a live recording of “Hey There Delilah,” which is all fine and dandy until the throngs of teenage girls take over the song with their shouting of the chorus. This ruins the final song for me and quickly becomes obnoxious after one listen to it. I'd rather hear the band instead of the crowd, and this closing live track leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Another problem I have with this EP are the choruses. For the most part, they just repeat one line over and over again, making the song for the most part forgettable. The vocals and music are pretty okay, but nothing we haven’t heard before.
I am not a big fan of the Plain White T’s. Their last album never caught on to me, and this EP did not convert me into a fan, either. While I do enjoy a few tracks (“Hey There Delilah” and “Down The Road”), this EP isn’t going to change your mind about the band, if you’re not a fan. But, if you are a fan of the Plain White T’s, then you’ll eat this EP up and love it a lot. In conclusion, Hey There Delilah has its moments, but it’s just not for me, and I would only recommend it to pop-rock fans.
ah. the plain white ts. one of the first bands i got into as young teen back in 8th grade. STOP is one of my favorite CDs of all time. All That We Needed never did much for me though. Take Me Away and Breakdown were good but I don't remember much of the rest.
I know these guys will blow up but I'm not sure how I'll feel about it when they do.