What parents need to know
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?
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?