ALBUM REVIEW: Plain White T’s – Parallel Universe 

‘Hey There Delilah’ is a song that is never going away. The unforgettably romantic lyrics will always play in your mind and have you dreaming of making someone feel so passionately the way that lead singer Tom Higgenson intimately describes.

Over the past couple of years the Illinois five piece have been releasing music independently, touring America and delivering high energy and nostalgic shows.

It’s been three years since they released their seventh studio album ‘American Nights’ and for their eighth studio album ‘Parallel Universe’ they’ve returned to their old label. But don’t expect this record to be a recreation of ‘Every Second Counts’ because the band have very much grown and are continually experimenting with their sound. The collection of 14 songs hears them pushing their boundaries and delivering their most eclectic selection of material yet.

Opening track ‘Light Up The Room’ starts off dark and moody before dropping an Arabian influenced tropical beat that was a little unexpected. The production on this record hears them going towards an electronic rock influence with songs like ‘Bonnie I Want You’, ‘Call Me’, ‘Sick Of Love’, ‘Bury Me’ and the experimental ‘Low’ giving you slight Fall Out Boy vibes. But they strip it back to their roots on ‘Your Body’ with raw emotion and sweet harmonies. The simple but effective track is so nostalgic and will have you feeling all the feels you had the first time you heard ‘Hey There Delilah’. That’s a big call isn’t it, but it’s true. Theres something about Tom Higgenson’s vocals that are still so captivating and will have you instantly swooning.

‘No Limitations’ is an anthemic rock song with big synths in the chorus that will explode in their live show. Whilst songs like ‘No Tears’ and ‘Lips’ are ultimately vibey, I can’t help but think they would excel a bit more stripped back in their old pop-rock format.

A little bit of nostalgia is always good and they could’ve played on that concept further instead of completely revamping their whole sound. But for long term fans this record is an exciting new beginning that will see the band touring extensively and reconnecting again. 



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