Simple Plan – ‘Taking One For The Team’ – 19/02/16
It’s hard to believe Simple Plan have been around since 1999, and the release of their new album ‘Taking One For The Team’ is only their fifth studio album. This is not to say that this is a bad thing, as it is obvious patience is a virtue when it comes to making a Simple Plan album, and has proven to work successfully enough for them.
‘Taking One For The Team’ is no exception, making it clear the Canadian five-piece go from strength to strength as the years go by. Full of some great collaborations with the likes of rap legend Nelly, Jordan Pundik and R. City, this is truly an exciting record. Simple Plan have that outstanding ability to keep to their routes, whilst still ascending to dabble with the heights of mainstream pop. Tracks like ‘Nostalgic’, ‘Boom!’ And ‘Opinion Overload’ supply the classic Simple Plan sound we know and love, whilst ‘Singing In The Rain’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed’ show us a different side to the band, that you wouldn’t be surprised seeing in the charts.
Pierre Bouvier delivers on vocals as usual and the band seem more in tune with each other than ever. An exciting prospect to hear these tracks live, as they have yet again delivered on a mind-blowing album.
A nice sized record with plenty of tracks to get you in that summer road trip mood, it is greatly recommended. We may have to wait a while for their next, but if it’s anything like this, it’ll be worth the wait!8/10
Review: Harry Owen