By Jon Dolan
December 01, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

Wonders of the Younger

C+

Chicago?s pop-punk nice guys haven?t tried for a full-on do-over of their 2007 smash ”Hey There Delilah,” but on Wonders of the Younger, they?re sticking with its delicate optimism, whimsically showcasing frontman Tom Higgenson?s images of love and life as a circus, pirate quest, and boomerang over orchestral ?60s rock. The idealism is admirable, but after an album of Bambi?s worldview via Beach Boys strings, you?ll want to put Higgenson down for a nap. C+

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