Office Map Plain White T�s latest album is an outstanding effort, as Every Second Counts surpasses any expectations I had for the band�s major label (Hollywood Records) debut.

On their 2004 release, All That We Needed, Plain White T�s tended to put the dance before the rock, which gave the disc an interesting appeal. Even more so, for their major label follow up, the Chicago quintent have tied the two tightly together but have sharpened and amplified the effects of the last album.

The expanded possibilities of a big studio didn�t change the band�s approach, in fact, Every Second Counts captures the band at it�s best. The song lyrics have critically evolved (they�re a bit more edgier and raw) and portray a sense of freedom while each song consists of powerful vocals and harmonies that get more sophisticated as the disc goes on. However, dazzling instrumentation serves as the backbone to the poetically themed vocal end. The structure of the music respects the composition and progression of the chords. If one thing is clear, the band will always be able to construct enjoyable, worry-free dance worthy pop-rock songs.

Chicago has been the epicenter for pop-punk/rock bands for the last few years and while some bands were able to break out, the Plain White T�s have been tickling under the radar and while they were doing impressively well on Fearless Records, moving to a major label at this point in the band�s career might be exactly what they need in order to give them a bigger boast. As their album title says, they�re making every second count and are enjoying the ride to bigger and better things.

Review by: Amnesty Phillip

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