What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Simple Plan's honest and gently cynical lyrics seem to come from inside the adolescent brain.
What's the story?
In STILL NOT GETTING ANY, Simple Plan's very accessible punk-flavored pop seems to spring full-formed from inside the adolescent brain. Petulant but somehow good-natured, guitar-fueled tunes take on disillusionment, angst, eating disorders, angst, lost love, angst, cynicism, and a bit more angst, but without sounding all that miserable. Pierre Bouvier's in-your-face vocals and the band's crystal-clear instrumental arrangements get a lot of the credit, along with easily audible teen-anthem rebel-yell lyrics. High points are the marvelously expressive "Shut Up" and "Crazy" -- a song that addresses teen eating disorders with lyrics like "Tell me what's wrong with society/When everywhere I look I see/Young girls dying to be on TV/They won't stop till they've reached their dreams/Diet pills, surgery..."
Is it any good?
These guys can out-whine even your kids without sounding too annoying. Lyrics that express cynicism and touchy desperation (meaning most of the lyrics on this CD) are delivered with an infectious exuberance that's hard to dislike. Your younger teens will love the message, and you might actually enjoy the music on this winning album. In a cool blast of techno-ingenuity, the double-sided CD flips over to include a DVD -- also a lot of fun.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about the subject of eating disorders, using "Crazy" as a starting point.