Simple Plan
Still Not Getting Any...


1.5
very poor

Review

by Iluvatar EMERITUS
April 16th, 2006 | 79 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Simple Plan is the most annoying band in the pop-punk genre. Wait, let's just make that most annoying band in the world. When I began to formulate what I wanted to say about the album before I went through my customary pre-review listens, I hadn't planned to hate the album. In fact, remembering a few of their singles off the top of my head, I thought it might be redeemably catchy and, frankly, not a complete waste of time. However, I had to completely scrap my pre-write and start over after re-listening to this album. Still Not Getting Any is putrid.

One thing going for Simple plan is they don't pretend to be something they are obviously not. Guitarists Sebastian Lefebvre and Jeff Stinco play to their strengths, which is essentially the same thing over and over and over and over. Faux-aggressive" Yes. Ear-catching" Possibly. Interesting in any way" No. "But this is pop-punk, right" It's ok as long as they make some catchy riffs and lead lines, right"" Oh, poor Johnny asked me that question. I punched him in the teeth and then explained that it's all so bland and cliché that not even I can get into it. When your guitarists aren't even close to the front of the pack for the "new" wave of pop punk artists, it's quite a shame. Considering bassist David Defrosters is inaudible for much of the album or playing the most simply-planned (I'm witty) bass lines and drummer Chuck Comeau is playing metronome, there is nothing musically outstanding about Simple plan.

Well, fair enough. I can get over that: I enjoy older Yellowcard, Blink 182, and Green Day, and there's nothing exciting about their compositions. I'm sure when we look at what's going on vocally, it'll just be infectious. Pierre Bouvier is a rather angsty looking young man; what, with that hair and piercings, he makes me want to be a hoodlum just like him. However, his voice is just whiny. It isn't a bad voice; in fact it can be somewhat enjoyable at times; he just hits certain notes that make me want to shatter glass. For example, on Thank You, the line "Thank you for showing me that best friends cannot be trusted" not only implodes in on itself by its end (in a common occurrence, Bouvier forces out the last few words, and unlike more pressing vocalists, it merely sounds uncomfortable and out of place) but also conveys what seems to be a ball-twisting feeling of oppression. It's generally annoying, and while at times he does take perfect advantage of his weaknesses (well, its really only on Untitled), it makes for an almost paradoxical situation: is the cringe worthy vocals or the abysmal wannabe emotional punk lyrics the most embarrassing part of the album"

Normally, I wouldn't take a whole paragraph to talk about this, but Simple Plan's lyrics are just so bad, it has to be stated in full. It's almost impossible to take them seriously when on songs such as Shut Up, the chorus states "So shut up, shut up, shut up/Don't wanna hear it/Get out, get out, get out Get out of my way/Step up, step up, step up/You'll never stop me/Nothing you say today/Is gonna bring me down " In general, the album is filled with Linkin Park-style teen angst lyrics, and whilst I'm sure preteens find plenty to relate to in songs repeating over in over how "much my life sucks" or "my dad doesn't understand me", anyone who has taken a higher-level math course will find these to be complete garbage: they aren't even on par with a band like Good Charlotte, for a comparison.

However, this album isn't without it's one shining moment. Previously mentioned, the song Untitled it a rather touching ballad. With a nice piano accompaniment, the song starts off with a string section and while it may still be whiny, Bouvier's vocals actually work here. While at times he's closer to the realm of talking loudly than actually singing, it's still far more interesting than anything else on the album. With lyrics that seem to be more thought out and deep than the rest of the album (it may be due to my take that the song is about some sort of personal death, but Simple plan doesn't deserve my research), I honestly can say I like the song.

I can't say the same for the album. It's more of this mainstream "emo" as the kids call it (I prefer faux-emo in this context), and it's not even average for that. It's certainly catchy-how could it not be at this point"-but it also has almost no other merits to it. Those looking for a technicality-don't get this album. Those looking for a good singer-don't get this album. Those looking for introspective lyrics-don't get this. Those looking for moderately catchy, whiny, and accessible music-get about 10 other artists' discographies before you pick this up. Sans Untitled, this album is just the same song on repeat. And that song is I'd Do Anything from their previous. Please, unless you're really desperate for mediocre radio pop-punk, don't buy this album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
The Jungler
April 16th 2006


4826 Comments


You did a great job describing the bad points (And one high point) of this album. At first I thought this would be a horribly biased review, but it is far from it.

Great job.

The Jungler
April 16th 2006


4826 Comments


I still can't wait for your Shakira review.

Liebensaft
April 16th 2006


22 Comments


Why is this review a banner on top of the punk forum?

pulseczar
April 16th 2006


2385 Comments


Because Simple Plan are tr00 punx.

Good review, you could've pointed out more negative points on the music though.

pattern_recognition
April 16th 2006


950 Comments


David Defrosters is perhaps the worst name for a rock musician ever.
Except perhaps Pierre Bouvier.
Excellent review.

pattern_recognition
April 17th 2006


950 Comments


Well it's hard to rock out when you're so busy surrendering all the time.

Fade.To.Black
April 17th 2006


85 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Thanks pattern_recognition, thats what the world needs, more rascism. And France has had one punk band. Trust are French arent they. For the record however i find Simple Plan just as obnoxious as the next person. Probably more....

pattern_recognition
April 17th 2006


950 Comments


It's not racism. The French aren't a different race.
Hey people stereotype us Aussies all the time, and I don't get cut. It's all good natured.
Alright, alright, I surrender...



pattern_recognition
April 17th 2006


950 Comments


Accepted. The race thingy, not the boring part.
Simple Plan = Worse than Panic! At The Disco / Better than Hawthorne Heights
That about sums it up, methinks.

pulseczar
April 17th 2006


2385 Comments


Simple Plan aren't French! They're French-Canadian :upset:

metalman75
April 17th 2006


8 Comments


hahahaha.

good review. made me laugh.

he does have an annoyingly whiny voice, but its not bad on Untitled.

"I'm a dick, im addicted to you." i wouldn't expect much more from a band that uses those kind of lyrics.

clarice s
April 17th 2006


6 Comments


yeah this album (being nice about it ) is'nt great,ive never brought one of there albums with good reason but after hearing one at a mates house never will!

pattern_recognition
April 17th 2006


950 Comments


I know they're French-Canadian, but who can resist a white flag joke when the opportunity presents itself?

psylocibin
April 17th 2006


9 Comments


Yeah Simple Plan aren't French, they're Québecois, Canadien Français

and Berrurier Noir is a punk band from France and they kick ass, their shows are amazing they have like a kung fu team and acrobates and clows fight and stuff

crazy frenchies

Zmev
April 17th 2006


983 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Guitarists Sebastian Lefebvre and Jeff Stinco play to their strengths




Seeing as one of them is a classically trained guitarist, thats not true at all, and you are a moron.This Message Edited On 04.17.06

pattern_recognition
April 17th 2006


950 Comments


Zmev, all in all you're just another brick in the wall.
If one of them is a classically trained guitarist, then he's an even bigger whorebag for not using his skills.

Mitch2oo6
April 17th 2006


7 Comments


Alas, I bought the first album...But i did burn it in the microwave, then cermoniously shatter the c.d. But I fear, even that is too good for the album, it is that bad. This one...I heard at a mates house. It's even worse.

Go the aussies.

Crysiss
April 17th 2006


5 Comments


Good to know psylo. Ill have to check into that

Good review, You made out some good points.

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 17th 2006


4405 Comments


I've heard the first album and found it atrocious, and afte this review, I am not sure I'll be giving this album a listen.

metallicaman8
April 17th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Does is bug the hell out of anyone else, how in that one song the end of the chorus starts to go like "I just wanna scream" now pause there. What the Pierre should have done here is in the next line bin like "how could this happen to meaa" and i give it that short of "A" sound on the end to make it kinda rhyme with scream. But he didn't. Instead he went like "how could this happen to meeeeee" and just dragged on the "E" sound god it sounded like he had i stuffed up nose ore somethin. Or maybe its just meThis Message Edited On 04.17.06This Message Edited On 04.17.06



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