Album Review: Simple Plan – ‘Taking One For The Team’


The long awaited new album of pop-punk veterans Simple Plan has finally seen the light, and we’re loving it! Here is our review…

Taking One For The Team might not be the album for everyone – i.e. those expecting heavy breakdowns and the like – but it’s definitely a fun one if you want to have a good time. It’s also an emotional rollercoaster including moments when you’re crying your heart out to sad ballads.

Kicking off with ‘Opinion Overload’ and ‘Boom’, you get that familiar bumping energy of anthems with the oh-so-relatable topics about being sick of others trying to control your life (“I’m doing things exactly like I want to / What part of that don’t you understand”) and the feeling of being in love (“You’re my favourite song / My sing-along”).

The diversity of the record lays in its guest appearances: The ending track, ‘I Dream About You’ is a hauntingly beautiful song that gives the listener goose bumps (you know, that surprise hidden track kind of awesomeness) and Juliet Simms’ performance only adds to this feeling – seriously, where is her solo album already?! We also have Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory keeping the punk spirit alive on ‘Farewell’. The other two guests, Nelly and R. City are quite the outcasts in this scene but this method isn’t exactly new from Simple Plan. Both ‘Singing In The Rain’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed’ bring the beachy feel-goodness just like ‘Summer Paradise’ did with the previous album cycle.

One would think by the emo title that ‘Everything Sucks’ would be a sad song, yet you get the most playful one they’ve ever made, reminding you of ‘All Star’ by Smash Mouth. It was a nice surprise. ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Sad’ is the ultimate anti-depressant while ‘Perfectly Perfect’ is a cute love-letter to the girl…any girl, really.

A lie may have been written earlier… The tracks ‘I Refuse’, ‘P.S. I Hate You’ and ‘Nostalgic’ are the ones to reminisce over the heydays of the alternative scene. They absolutely and perfectly bring that ’00s punk-rock feeling of rebellion back.

We’ve all been there when feeling like a burden for our surroundings no matter how hard we try, and not being okay with ourselves. ‘Problem Child’ discusses this matter, and its honesty makes it the most outstanding track of the record. A crying song for sure. Just imagine it live…

Taking One For The Team’ is out now! Get it!

Dóra Udvardi
Dora covers the events of the Hungarian music scene – or wherever she's actually living – over at Alt Scribe. She gained interest in writing about music when she created her first blog on Buzznet in 2011. Since then she became a featured blogger on the site, where she shares about fragments of her life, travels and music experiences. She's the person to go to if you want to know about actual music events. CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: All Time Low, The Carbonfools and The Kooks. SPECIALIST SUBJECT: The Hungarian music scene

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