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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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.