Big Bad World

Big Bad World

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by Plain White T's
     
 

After "Hey There Delilah" turned the Plain White T's into 2007's most unexpected success story, the band decamped to Malibu to dream up a proper follow-up. Arriving one year later, Big Bad World is a refreshingly smart release that emphasizes the band's pop
ock leanings. Slower songs dot the set list, but the Plain White T'sSee more details below

Overview

After "Hey There Delilah" turned the Plain White T's into 2007's most unexpected success story, the band decamped to Malibu to dream up a proper follow-up. Arriving one year later, Big Bad World is a refreshingly smart release that emphasizes the band's pop
ock leanings. Slower songs dot the set list, but the Plain White T's never attempt to recreate the magic that fueled "Hey There Delilah," focusing instead on slick, sunny songcraft with nary an acoustic guitar in sight. Perhaps fueled by his recent success, frontman Tom Higgenson is in fine voice here, particularly when flanked by his bandmates' harmonies. "Big Bad World" and "Natural Disaster" introduce that tight vocal sound, while "Sunlight" takes its cues from '70s soft rock, boasting a gauzy chorus that takes a page from the Eagles' songbook. Most punk-pop musicians wouldn't be caught dead with an Eagles tune on their iPods, but Plain White T's have always prized pop above punk. Accordingly, pop forms the basis of Big Bad World -- not acoustic balladry, as the success of "Hey There Delilah" would suggest, and not emo-tinged punk, despite the many publications that categorize the band's music as such. Other groups traffic in similar circles, and bands like Jimmy Eat World and The Academy Is... (whose 2008 release, Fast Times at Barrington High, arrived just several weeks before this album) arguably do it better. Still, Big Bad World is a tidy, enjoyable release, and the Plain White T's deserve points for remaining grounded after a meteoric year.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0050087124090
catalogNumber:
000218402
Rank:
93

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Plain White T's   Primary Artist
Matt Harris   Vocals
Brett Anderson   Trumpet
Jon Brion   chamberlain
William Hamilton   Organ
Eric Remschneider   Strings
Johnny K   Mellotron,Slide Guitar
Tom Higgenson   Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Dave Tirio   Guitar,Group Member
Edgar Gabriel   Strings
De'Mar Hamilton   Drums,Group Member
Mike Retondo   Bass,Piano,Bass Clarinet,Cornet,Saxophone,Vocals,Melodica,Group Member
Tim Lopez   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Matt Harris   screams
Rachel Barton Pine   Strings
Pat Gilroy   Piano

Technical Credits

Ted Jensen   Mastering
Enny Joo   Art Direction
Johnny K   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Tom Higgenson   Composer
Evan Frankfort   Composer
Mike Retondo   Composer
Tim Lopez   Composer
Reed Calhoun   Composer
Justin Wilk   Digital Editing
Ian Kirkpatrick   Arranger,Composer,Horn Arrangements
Rachel Barton Pine   Arranger
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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