For the first time since 2011, Simple Plan released their fifth studio album Taking One for the
Team with Atlantic Records on February 19, 2016. Expecting a pop-punk album, this album was
more than that. Aside their usual pop-punk sound and powerful slow tracks like “Perfect,” the
album had some pop, funk, and reggae sounds to it too.
Taking One for the Team started off exactly as we hoped. Energetic, just like the Simple Plan we
know and love with one of favorite songs off of the album, “Opinion Overload.” Then there
were tracks like “Kiss Me Like Nobody’s Watching” that had more of a pop-rock sound, which
listeners get a lot of on the new album 'Taking One For The Team'.
Going from pop-punk to pop-rock, the band also went a little reggae with the song “Singing In
The Rain” featuring hip-hop duo R. City. Then there’s “I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed” featuring
rapper Nelly. This song caught us by surprise due to the fact that it had a funky beat to it, rather
than Nelly and Simple Plan’s typical individual sounds.
Shockingly, the band’s slow songs doesn’t appear until nearly half of the album is over. The
first slower song is the 10th track out of the 14 featured on Taking One for the Team. On the
10th song, “Perfectly Perfect,” we expected something similar to “Perfect” off of the band’s
album No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls (2002), but it was nothing like it. Taking more of that
pop vibe in, it sounded similar to the guitar chords from Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” off of her
album Fearless (2008).
Out of the 14 tracks on the album, another one of our favorites had to be “Farewell” featuring
New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik. The combination of Pierre Bouvier’s voice with
Pundik’s was simply a great match.
Although Taking One for the Team wasn’t exactly what we expected it to be, we have to give
props to Pierre Bouvier (vocals,) Chuck Comeau (drums, backing vocals,) David Desrosiers
(bass, backing vocals,) Sebastien Lefebvre (guitar, backing vocals,) and Jeff Stinco (lead guitar)
for experimenting with their sound, and overall releasing a very interesting album. They experimented a lot with new and different sounds.
Even with some of their new styles in sound, there’s some of the old Simple Plan we love in there,
thanks to some of those incredible guitar riffs.
Written by Melanie Gomez
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