Simple Plan

 
Snappy pop punk doesn't warrant warning label.

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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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Teen, 13 years old Written byAthena Keene May 6, 2011
age 10+
 

SHUT UP!!!!

I LUV THESE GUYS TOO!!!! one of my fav songs is SHUT UP!!!!!)
Kid, 11 years old April 27, 2011
age 12+
 

Best for tweens!

This is the best simple plan album ever. The only positive message is in "Save You" about never giving up.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Adult Written byFooPets fare March 9, 2010
age 12+
 

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. I think, not even just because of it being a swear word, heck would have been much better to use. Is there a filtered version I can download NON illegally? Like on Amazon? I love this song, and it isn't iffy for 12 if you don't listen to this one song, but I do wish they had just used heck or even hell.
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Too much swearing

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