Review: Simple Plan Returns with New Album

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 8:46 PM
Review: Simple Plan Returns with New Album by Braden Docherty

Following their 2011 full length album, “Get Your Heart On!,” Simple Plan swings and misses with their 2016 release “Taking One For The Team.” The Canadian based rockers stick to simplistic lyrics this time around, while instrumentation remains close to what helped rocket them into fame back in 2002 with their hits “I’m Just A Kid” and “I’d Do Anything.”

While there are some notable guest spots, such as Nelly on “I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed,” their attempt at creating new chart toppers seems feeble. One notable track off the record, titled “Singing In The Rain,” boasts a reggae theme with roots that can be traced to Sublime. While it sounds like a stripped down version of that band, it certainly keeps to the iconic reggae formula. The simple chord progressions, coupled with upbeat lyrics, is surely a fun one to sing and clap to, whether you’re driving, dancing or attending a live performance.

There are plenty of songs that have gang vocals for listeners to yell along to, such as “I Refuse.” The fast, hardcore-like tempo could certainly be a guilty pleasure for fans of that genre. If you’re a sucker for acoustic, then “Perfectly Perfect” may be the song you’ll connect with on this LP. If the title doesn’t give it away, the rockers unplug to sing about imperfections being perfectly perfect to them. An acoustic guitar is coupled with shakers, piano and cheesy lyrics, so lay back and let the waves of sound wash over you.

Simple Plan shot for the stars, but were unable to make it out of the atmosphere. They make a strong pop radio push, but with the changing tastes in music, it would be surprising to hear their songs on any major network. However, credit is due based on the fact that Simple Plan have been around for 17 years without any lineup changes, and keeping mostly true to their root sound as a band.

While this album experimented with different sounds, you can certainly hear the pop punk influences in each of their tracks. If you’re still trying to get over that significant other that broke your heart when you were 15, then this is the album for you.

Braden Docherty is a Contributing Writer for The Spectator.

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