Wonders of the Younger

Wonders of the Younger

by Plain White T's


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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2010
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0050087149635
catalogNumber: 000462602

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
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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