Simple Plan – When I’m Gone
I have to thank Simon for the heads up – he posted today that Simple Plan have their forthcoming disc up on the Muchmusic site for preview before its release on Tuesday. I woke up unexpectedly this afternoon, and having no other agenda, decided to give it a listen.
Having run the disc through a few times now, I think that I can say on the whole that I’m impressed. I’ve been no kind of Simple Plan fan over the years, and outside of a (bare) few radio singles, have considered them completely disposable. But this new record lends itself well into the current scene of anthemic pop-rock built by bands like Green Day and AFI.
And indeed, the songs on the new self-titled disc have had a lot of obvious influencing, from the up-tempo My Chemical Romance-esque drive on “Take My Hand” to the All-American Rejects-like hooks on tunes like “Save You” or “Holding On.”
The only thing that worries me is the apparent careening (particularly with their latest video, above) toward that Good Charlotte image of days gone by, all bling and putting girls in their place. Do these boys a favour and help them not fall into that trap. In the meantime, let’s twentypercent this bitch.
Top 5 tracks: What If, Time To Say Goodbye, I Can Wait Forever, When I’m Gone, The End.
20% that I would cut (2 songs): Generation, No Love.
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