Simple Plan

Studio Album by released in 2008
Simple Plan's tracklist:
When I'm Gone
Take My Hand
The End
Your Love Is a Lie
Save You
Generation
Time to Say Goodbye
I Can Wait Forever
Holding On
No Love
What If

Simple Plan review

Simple Plan demonstrate its personal views on music

Canadian punk pop quintet Simple Plan has been over a decade going in for creating its original music combining sense of humor, topical lyrics, instrumental background that deserves praise and choruses that linger in the mind. Their two albums No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls and Still Not Getting Any have already become platinum largely due to the fact that the band does a lot of touring. This winter the guys are ready to please the fans with their third creation which is eponymous, and there is a certain point in it. As front man Pierre Bouvier stated this time they have decided that it was high time to record a material demonstrating their personal views on music. Although Simple Plan has not parted too much from what it always played the new album does prove to be more experimental than the previous ones. The new record was produced by Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Mudvayne), Danjahandz (Timbaland, Justin Timberlake) and Max Martin (Kelly Klarkson, Avril Lavigne), and there have appeared more pop and R&B music elements in the songs.

Interesting songs with new moods on Simple Plan

The album consisting of eleven tracks can be conventionally divided into two parts. First guys perform the creations of music we are used to hear from them, and then, starting from the rebellious track Generation with topical lyrics and loud tubes offer interesting songs with new moods to our attention. The album opens with a mid-tempo composition When I'm Gone, the first single that at once makes it clear that the guys have grown old and more serious in many ways. Guitar riffs and wild shouting on Take My Hand make the song a real rock number which could be smashing played on a live show, and End with an impetuous rhythm is refined with a choir singing contrasting with Pierre's powerful vocals. R&B beat prevails on Your Love Is A Lie, mixed in a raged gust with indignant guitars for the song is devoted to a girl who has betrayed a guy breaking his heart. Time to Say Goodbye is a bit reminiscent of Blink 182's works pleasing with wise rhymes about attitude to life, whereas ballad I Can Wait Forever is the most radio friendly track on the record with a beautiful memorable tune and the singer's surprisingly nice voice expressing strong emotions. Despite the desperate guitars on composition No Love it sounds rather like pop music, and the final song What If is at the beginning beautiful with fiddles and then grows into a powerful rock number with all the characteristic features of the genre.

The experiment has been carried out well

The third album of Simple Plan can easily prove to be a risky step for its content makes one suspect that if the band continues like this it might lose its punk image completely. Nevertheless demonstrating a courage to envy the guys have agreed to run this risk for with two successful albums behind their shoulders they have a right to do what they think suits them most. New songs are as powerful and charging with emotions as before and there is no doubt the collective is ever going to lose this ability to impress the audience. On the whole the changes on Simple Plan deal with lyrics and arrangements that have obtain more pop music aspects, but the way the guys play drums and guitars and deliver vocal parts have practically remained the same. Thus listening to the new album you will surely agree that the experiment has been carried out well, and most of the songs are going to become hits. The record Simple Plan has made us wait for four years, and although the game has been worth the candle let us hope that the guys will not delay the next creation that much.

Alexandra Zachernovskaya (29.02.2008)
Rate review3.27
Total votes - 413


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