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|Plain White T’s – All That We Needed|
Release Date: January 25, 2005
Record Label: Fearless Records
Within the first few seconds, the impression is given that this is going to be a fun album. However, a crucial question lingers – will the fun last? The answer is an emphatic NO. The opening track, “All That We Needed”, is a really basic pop-rock song. Clean, simplistic rhythms work the song forward with high, jumpy bass lines. The snare jumps out of your speakers with a pop and my head was nodding without giving it any thought. It’s nothing new – but it’s done really well, as the repetitive chorus will remain in your mind for hours. This is a good thing – for one song. Not 13 songs. The album progresses into a darker song, “Revenge”. This is when the lyrics started to annoy me – “I’ve got the microphone so don’t go too far, I’m gonna tell the whole world how you really are”. The bubbly undertone provided by the album opener has managed to disappear in this song, as the verse is overly basic, the same pulsing beat pops in after each vocal line is spoken throughout the song. No variation means the song isn’t interesting.
The next track, “Take Me Away” doesn’t stray far from the pop-punk formula, as the song launches into a chorus within 30 seconds. Again, lyrics like “What does this guy do that I don’t do?” begin to wear thin – it’s been done before, and it’s certainly been done better. The chorus in this song is repeated way too many times, and by the time the song was over I felt as if I’d heard it 5 times in a row. Not good. After another sub-par slower rock song, the album begins to get better with “Sad Story”. The track has an decent bass line, jumping up into the high range of the bass guitar during the verse and once again in the chorus. This is one of the better songs on the album, but once again Plain White T’s manage to hit the crux of their failure – the choruses are just repeated too many times. The songs are full of hooks, but not in a good way. These are the type of songs that will become annoying instead of catchy. There’s no reason to listen to this album over again, because you’ve already heard every single song 5 times – repeated over and over again.
There is no saving grace in the later tracks. Each song reaches its pinnacle of a chorus in under a minute. There is no build-up or variation, we’re talking verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge type format for every single song. Though this format may appeal to fans of early Lit or Simple Plan, it will leave most listeners unfulfilled. Getting through the rest of this album proved to be an arduous task, as sappy pop pervaded my mind over and over again. Upon multiple listens of this album, I felt like I’d heard it 10 times as many times as I did. For some, this could be the perfect summer album. Unfortunately it’s winter, and anybody that desires anything remotely deep out of their listening experience should steer far clear of this album when it comes out in 2005.
05:05 PM on 11/21/05
Wow, I really liked this album.
01:26 PM on 11/24/05
Originally Posted by PunK_WalKeR
Wow, I really liked this album.
welp, each to their own!
08:27 PM on 02/14/06
I like Hey There Delilah but other than that it's meh.
06:47 PM on 05/15/06
I absolutely hate this album. The Plain White T's are the most generic band I've heard in a while...
02:31 PM on 09/12/06
Definitely generic but I still like this CD. My favorite of theirs.
01:47 PM on 09/21/06
this review is a little harsh. it wasn't really that bad.
08:09 PM on 06/07/07
A few years back my brother had a good friend with a really crappy rock band.
they knew they werent good but they a least tried to play and took temselves slightly seriously.
anyways. The PLAIN WHITE T's begged to open for this band.
thats right open for the terrible band of my brothers were headlining above them.
then the plain white t's chnaged music styles and have since grown imensley popular.
im not going to insult you for likeing this band but im warning you these guys are god awfull.
anybody reading this review you can start a high school band and be better than them in a coulple months. if you think these are talented musicans and are one of your favorite bands you need to get help from someone locally who knows good rock music.
i not one of the idiots who is like if youlike this band i hate you so dont take it that way.
just trying to help and seroiusly this is possibly the worst band ive heard since good charlote.
dont get this cd or any other by this band.
03:09 PM on 07/25/07
A 21 percent rating to number one song in the country. Guess they didn't let this review stop em!!
09:59 PM on 07/13/08
I only liked Hey There Delilah and Take Me Away.
10:50 PM on 01/27/09
This was my favorite CD by them, but I really don't like Hey there Delilah.
09:15 AM on 05/20/09
How I feel about the album.
After this, they declined
04:42 PM on 06/12/09
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u gave it too high a score... maybe 3%?
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