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Big Bad World

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 050087124090
  • Catalog Number: 000218402
  • Sales rank: 44,244

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Bad World (3:07)
  2. 2 Natural Disaster (3:40)
  3. 3 Serious Mistake (3:32)
  4. 4 Rainy Day (3:11)
  5. 5 1, 2, 3, 4 (3:18)
  6. 6 That Girl (3:07)
  7. 7 Sunlight (3:50)
  8. 8 I Really Want You (2:58)
  9. 9 Meet Me in California (3:34)
  10. 10 Someday (6:12)
  11. 11 [CD-Rom Track]
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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
Fred Johnson Trombone
Johnny K Mellotron, Slide Guitar
Tom Higgenson Harmonica, Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Dave Tirio Guitar, Group Member
Edgar Gabriel Strings
Fred Johnson Trombone
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is incredible.

    The Plain White T's have done it again!! Their songs are amazing and original and you can tell. The songs on this album are easy to dance to and are easy to follow!! I love it!!!

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