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Every Second Counts
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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?