Release Date: Jun 21, 2011
Record label: Atlantic
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop
Above-average dude rock with a host of guest vocals, Simple Plan return with their fourth full-length... It’s a testament to their legacy that this album features the likes of Rivers Cuomo and Alex Gaskarth in guest spots (as well as – weirdly - Natasha Beddingfield), but for the most part, Simple Plan are still the same old pop-punk band peddling the same old tricks they have been for over a decade. Still, it’s hardly a formula that’s done them anything other than incredible favours over the years and if you don’t expect more than uber-cheesy hooks and good time choruses, you won’t go far wrong here.
Punk-pop bands don’t always age well, but the boys in Simple Plan check their adulthood at the door for Get Your Heart On!, a zippy album whose title alone (the second penis joke in the band’s discography) speaks volumes about the music itself. These songs only take themselves half-seriously, with names like “You Suck at Love” and cheeky lyrics that compare a new relationship to being “stuck like two pieces of Velcro. ” But when it comes to hooks, Simple Plan are almost business-like in their ability to pack melodies into every verse, chorus, and guitar riff.
Review Summary: The plan gets plainer and simpler: Wrong-era Weezer worship.Poor Simple Plan... They sure have received a lot of crap over their decade-long existence. Some of it has been undeserving, while on other occasions they have made themselves far too easy a target. Following their harmlessly catchy first two forays into simplistic Blink Day 41 aping pop-punk, the Montreal quintet went from Metallica producer Bob Rock to Britney Spears producers Max Martin and Danja, on their confoundingly artificial self-titled third LP.