Mikael Wood
September 17, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Big Bad World

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it a B

This pop-punk quintet hit it big last year with ”Hey There Delilah,” an acoustic ballad clearly modeled on Green Day’s ”Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” Here the Plain White T’s sound eager to duplicate that success with a handful of cutesy campfire jams clearly ? modeled on ”Delilah.” (”1, 2, 3, 4” even has sweet strings.) Big Bad World also features some cranked-guitar rockers seemingly designed to prove the band hasn’t gone (totally) soft, but even those ring with echoes of ”Delilah” — on ”Natural Disaster” singer Tom Higgenson falls for a lady who saw him singing his heart out on MTV. B
Download This: Listen to ”1, 2, 3, 4” on the band’s MySpace page

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