Every Second Counts

Music review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Appealing pop filled with heartbreak and wit.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Album is a glimpse into the ups and downs of dating, relationships, and young love with no specific message. A brokenhearted boy sings of being dumped and says that "hate is a strong word," but admits, "I really, really, really don't like you."


Though there are several suggestive lyrics ("You belong in my heart, in my arms, in my bed" and "You get me going and then you say goodbye/I'm heated up and you just leave me there to take care of myself"), they may go undetected because of their lighthearted delivery.


Some repetitive use of "damn" in the song "So Damn Clever."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk," is about receiving a phone call from a girl after she's been "out on the town drinking" with friends.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that these boys deliver pleasing pop tunes that tamely reflect on love, loss, heartbreak, and healing. There are a few songs with more suggestive themes such as "drunk dialing" and manipulating boys into bed, which may go undetected because of their lighthearted delivery.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byracingrough April 9, 2008

Plain white T's new and used

They are a great band and its a great way to start a love of music with them.
In their music video Our time NOW it talks a little sex quote(nervous hands greatf... Continue reading
Adult Written byJWalk April 9, 2008
I have not listened to this CD, but recently purchased their "All That We Needed" for a pre-teen. Before purchasing I wondered what the lyrics were.... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous June 14, 2010

Skipping one track

I have the CD, but I always skip "So D**n Clever" because of uses of D**n, hence the title.
Kid, 11 years old August 13, 2009


The only inappropriate parts are "d--n" used in "So D--n Clever" frequently, "Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk" being abo... Continue reading

What's the story?

EVERY SECOND COUNTS is packed with plenty of powerful pop songs, though none is as pleasing as \"Hey There Delilah,\" an earnest long-distance love song that's easily the best track on the album. For the most part, the lyrics stick to the ups and downs of dating and relationships. The \"ups\" run the gamut from simplistic (\"You and me like the same kind of music/that's why we make a good you and me\") to suggestive (\"You belong in my heart, in my arms, in my bed\"). The \"downs\" of dating are all about being duped and dumped and result in lyrics like \"I didn't listen when they said/that you were fake/manipulating boys to bed.\"

Is it any good?

After four albums and ten years together, Plain White T's have mastered the catchy chorus and found a perfect balance between rocking guitar riffs, happy hooks, and sincere vocals. Overall, the content of Every Second Counts is mostly clean, and the entire album feels hopeful and happy even when the lyrics dip gently toward the depressed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how life has changed for the member of this band since "Hey There Delilah" became such a sensation. How would you adapt if you went from relative obscurity to being perpetually played on the radio? And because the song was written about an actual person -- with a relatively unusual first name -- how has the real Delilah's life been affected by the success of the song and the media's desire to learn more about her?

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