Simple Plan
Get Your Heart On!


2.0
poor

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
June 20th, 2011 | 209 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

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. Clearly a tell-tale sign of the direction Simple Plan would be exploring, they employ Canadian mainstream rock producer Brian Howes (Hinder, Puddle of Mudd, Boys Like Girls) on fourth album 'Get Your Heart On!'. The thinly disguised double entendre of the LP's title suggests a trip down memory lane to the band's not so serious past, and early signs are promising with opener 'You Suck at Love' being the kind of updating of their earlier sound that most were expecting three years earlier. Unfortunately, that is about as good as 'Get Your Heart On!' gets.

Unsurprisingly, the album is at its best where the band keep it plain and simple, by attempting to modernize a style they are already familiar with. 'Loser of the Year' typifies the infectious power-pop they were ultimately aiming for, even if the wrong-era Weezer worship is all too apparent. Of course, you have to take the bad with the good when it comes to Simple Plan, and the former category is highlighted by cringe-worthy lyrics such as "I'm living life in the fast lane, I've got a fridge full of champagne, and I'm hanging out with Lil Wayne". Later, closer 'This Song Saved My Life' utilizes the novel - if a little egocentric - approach of using fan messages to form the lyrics of the song, as well as including vocals from some of those devotees. While it's not as corny as it sounds, it only reminds listeners of tunes like 'Perfect' and 'Untitled', which prompted such sentiments... Songs which were filled with rawness and sincerity, of which this track could use more.

Whereas the subtle guest vocals of Mark Hoppus & Joel Madden made complete sense on their debut LP, 'Get Your Heart On!' features a hotch-potch of singers who only confuse matters into an unfocused mess. English pop songstress Natasha Bedingfield fares best with the call and response vocals of 'Jet Lag' making for an effective radio pop-rocker that plies the oft-used theme of long-distance relationships. Elsewhere, All Time Low vocalist Alex Gaskarth lends a dance-rock element to the underwhelming 'Freaking Me Out', while ill-fitting K'naan collaboration 'Summer Paradise' jumps on the Jason Mraz/Bruno Mars bandwagon, being a summery acoustic tune with Caribbean influences. At least we now know why Weezer's latest album was their best in a decade, since front-man Rivers Cuomo now hands off his junk to the likes of Miranda Cosgrove, All Time Low and Simple Plan... 'Can't Keep My Hands Off You' is yet another embarrassingly bad 'Raditude' reject (“We’re stuck like two pieces of velcro” for Christ’s sake).

While one could categorize the highs and lows of 'Get Your Heart On!' as "fun", its main issue is that momentum is too often stalled by bland, plain and unmemorable filler. The nondescript 'Astronaut' asks (and rhymes) "Can anybody tell me why, I'm lonely like a Satellite?", while the repetitive and cheesy 'Anywhere Else But Here' lacks the energy to transform it into a tune akin to their early fan favorites. The two tracks which disappointingly best sum up 'Get Your Heart On!' however, are the formulaic duo 'Gone Too Soon' and 'Last One Standing'. The latter feels neutered after beginning with a promising riff, while the former sees Pierre Bouvier lack the necessary gravitas to turn this predictable ballad from tepid to touching. Whether it be due to intentional handcuffing for accessibility purposes, or the band not having the ability to make the most of what they have to play with, 'Get Your Heart On!' is an album of missed opportunities. Despite being Simple Plan's poppiest release yet, it is also their least catchy, indistinct and forgettable.

"I want to throw this repetition out the window, I'm getting tired of wondering why I'm still here".

Recommended Tracks: You Suck at Love & Jet Lag.



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AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2011


1997 Comments


"both of which," "hodgepodge" (not hotch-potch)

Otherwise, good review! Nothing I didn't expect.

taylormemer
June 20th 2011


4917 Comments


Idiot. Hotchpotch is the British equivalent.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ta.

I believe hotch-potch can also be used, even it is the more informal spelling (if not some sort of U.S/Britain spelling debate). http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hotchpotch

Where do you think "both of which" should be inserted?

Awesomesauce
June 20th 2011


1084 Comments


This band has always smoked serious cock.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

... As opposed to the non-serious kind.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 20th 2011


8007 Comments


fuk this shitre assd band

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Acanthus
June 20th 2011


9543 Comments


I really thought this was a list title at first, no idea the band was still kicking (feebly as it may be).

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hehe. So what you're saying is that Simple Plan are as thoughtful as your average SputnikMusic list-maker.

Awesomesauce
June 20th 2011


1084 Comments


... As opposed to the non-serious kind.


Precisely. You know I like a giggle when someone gets on the mic, so to speak.

Acanthus
June 20th 2011


9543 Comments


I suppose in essence yes, does that speak badly of myself or the community? 0_0

Sanders
June 20th 2011


2352 Comments


This sounds like something I might have enjoyed before puberty.

AtavanHalen
June 20th 2011


17927 Comments


Why the fuck did you listen to this

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I very rarely look at lists Acanthus. Does that speak badly of myself or the community? ;-)

So are you enjoying it Sanders? Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Dunno DavID. I didn't mind 'Still Not Getting Any...' & the change of direction in producer gave me a minute inkling they could maybe replicate it. I was wrong.

Ire
June 20th 2011


41786 Comments


lol this band

tiesthatbind
June 20th 2011


7374 Comments


Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd?
Oh, wait...crap.

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Tyrael
June 20th 2011


20883 Comments


Jet Lag is so bad it made me wanna kill myself when I first heard it

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Asiatic667
June 20th 2011


4648 Comments


why are all their album titles bad sexual references that they never follow up in the actuall lyrics? French pussies.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2011


16139 Comments


it's hard to tell with that small of a picture, but i'm pretty sure i'd do the girl on the cover

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not quite ttb, although listening to Simple Plan pulling off some Southern Rock could be LOLworthy.

Now that's a bit over the top Thomas.

Asiatic, I also thought 'Simple Plan' was sinply a bad sexual reference. The plan must have failed though.

Are you sure SS? With all those posters on the wall, she is clearly a Simple Plan fan.

dimsim3478
June 20th 2011


5072 Comments


Ugh. That's a turn-off.

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