Simple Plan

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Snappy pop punk doesn't warrant warning label.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Several songs about teen angst and generational divide make this a good album for adolescents looking to express their changing feelings, but also can be overly dramatic. "How'd I get so jaded/is it so complicated to not give up on me," "I'm sick of all this waiting and people telling what I should be/Maybe you're the one that's wrong not me/You say we got no future, living in the past so listen up/that's my generation," and "You're stuck in the same old nightmare/He's lying/You're crying/There's nothing left to salvage/Kick the door cause this is over/Get me out of here!"

Violence

Metaphorical images of violence are pretty minor: "It's like a blade that cuts right through me."

Sex

"Another kiss as we're lying on the pavement" is as detailed as it gets. One of the main themes of the album is heartbreak, longing, and failed relationships. However, the songs speak in generalities and do not delve too deep. An example: "How does it feel when you kiss when you know that I trust you."

Language

One "f--k."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though this album carries a "parental advisory warning" there's really nothing offensive to Simple Plan's self-titled LP besides one "f--k." Most of the songs do focus on modern teen issues of confusion, angst, and stormy relationships. However, the band is not especially angry, misogynistic, or self-destructive. The band comes off as a group of sensitive -- if not, dramatic -- guys who are just trying to get the transition from youth to adulthood right.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFooPets fare March 9, 2010

Great band, one iffy song...

I love their song, "I'm Just a Kid", but I went to listen to it on Youtube, and heard the full version, and I was appalled when I heard the f*ck.... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 11 year old Written byTilingi August 13, 2009

I like it for tweens

Its better than forn
Teen, 13 years old Written byAthena Keene May 6, 2011

SHUT UP!!!!

I LUV THESE GUYS TOO!!!! one of my fav songs is SHUT UP!!!!!)
Kid, 11 years old April 27, 2011

Best for tweens!

This is the best simple plan album ever. The only positive message is in "Save You" about never giving up.

What's the story?

Simple Plan's self-titled third album is a blend of pop, punk, and '80s-style rock. There's a low-key tone even to the driving guitar riffs, which falls right in line with the LP's woeful subject matter. But don't be set for a downer of an album. Simple Plan is out to inspire, with songs like \"When I'm Gone\" (\"It's like we're going through the motions of a scripted destiny/tell me where's our inspiration if life won't wait I guess it's up to me/No we won't waste another moment in this town\").

Is it any good?

Simple Plan has created the unlikely combination of upbeat, dance-inspiring tunes that accompany songs about losing loves, dumping dysfunctional relationships, and navigating through life changes. It's easy to groove to and sing along to highly-charged songs like "Your Love is A Lie" ("You can tell me that there's nobody else (but I feel it)/You can tell me that you're home by yourself (but I see it)") and "Time to Say Goodbye" ("When you need someone to save you/when you think you're gonna drown/you just wrap your arms around me and pull me down") -- and celebrate ending a relationship.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about generations and how different each can be. The band covers this issue on their song, "Generation." Does it seem like every new generation has trouble fitting in with the rest of society? How do current events define each generation?

Music details

  • Artist: Simple Plan
  • Release date: February 12, 2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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