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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
When Big Bad World hit stores in 2008, Plain White T's were still reeling from the unexpected success of "Hey There Delilah." To avoid being pigeonholed, they wound up steering clear of everything that made "Delilah" a hit, doing away with acoustic ballads and emphasizing loud, zippy pop songs instead. Released two years later, The Wonders of the Younger doesn't have such a noticeable chip on its shoulder. Plain White T's sound more comfortable this time around, never relying exclusively on the midtempo songwriting that made them famous but hardly shying away from it, either. They've learned to be more adventurous, too, shifting frontman duties on the album's best song --...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
When Big Bad World hit stores in 2008, Plain White T's were still reeling from the unexpected success of "Hey There Delilah." To avoid being pigeonholed, they wound up steering clear of everything that made "Delilah" a hit, doing away with acoustic ballads and emphasizing loud, zippy pop songs instead. Released two years later, The Wonders of the Younger doesn't have such a noticeable chip on its shoulder. Plain White T's sound more comfortable this time around, never relying exclusively on the midtempo songwriting that made them famous but hardly shying away from it, either. They've learned to be more adventurous, too, shifting frontman duties on the album's best song -- "Rhythm of Love," an acoustic, beach-worthy pop tune with lead vocals by guitarist Tim Lopez -- and decorating the rest of the track list with strings ("Last Breath"), electronics ("Map of the World"), cabaret-style vocal harmonies ("Welcome to Mystery"), and bouncing piano ("Boomerang"). Holding the whole thing together is Tom Higgenson's love for a good melody; he makes every line sound like a chorus, and The Wonders of the Younger is almost aggressively tuneful as a result, with enough quirks thrown into the mix to keep things from getting too sugary. As far as pop albums go, this one strikes a rare balance between familiarity and novelty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 050087149635
  • Catalog Number: 000462602
  • Sales rank: 24,673

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Irrational Anthem (3:36)
  2. 2 Boomerang (2:57)
  3. 3 Welcome To Mystery (4:26)
  4. 4 Rhythm of Love (3:20)
  5. 5 Map of the World (3:37)
  6. 6 Killer (2:37)
  7. 7 Last Breath (3:46)
  8. 8 Broken Record (3:30)
  9. 9 Our Song (3:15)
  10. 10 Airplane (2:18)
  11. 11 Cirque Dans La Rue (3:56)
  12. 12 Body Parts (3:35)
  13. 13 Make It Up As You Go (3:44)
  14. 14 Wonders of the Younger (5:10)
  15. 15 [CD-R Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Plain White T's Primary Artist
Matt Rohde Piano, Hammond B3
Jeremy Smith Piano
Mike Daly Pedal Steel Guitar
Tom Higgenson Group Member
Dave Tirio Group Member
De'Mar Hamilton Group Member
Mike Retondo Group Member
Tim Lopez Group Member
Technical Credits
Jeremy Smith Composer
John Feldmann Composer, Additional Production
Tadpole Engineer
Enny Joo Art Direction
Sheldon Gomberg Engineer
Plain White T's Concept
Tom Higgenson Composer
Dave Tirio Composer
Andy Dodd Composer
Adam Watts Composer
Jeff Varner Management
Mike Retondo Composer
Sean McConnell Composer
Tim Lopez Composer
Nick Rucker Instrumentation, Additional Production
Ian Kirkpatrick Producer, Engineer
Josh Shapera Engineer
Augie Schmidt Engineer, Instrumentation, Additional Production
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
Dan Monahan Engineer, Instrumentation, Additional Production
Marty Dodson Composer
Trish Evangelista Management
Zac Malloy Composer
Sharrin Summers Publicity
Mike Venezia Concept
Linc Wheeler Marketing
Cliff Cramp Illustrations
Adam "The Captain" Morgan Engineer
Chris Tompkins Composer
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