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Review: Take One For The Team and Listen to the New Simple Plan Record!

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Five years after “Get Your Heart On!”, Simple Plan is finally back with their fifth album, “Taking One For The Team”. Taking all the right elements from previous Simple Plan albums and adding a new edge, the guys have created the ideal record to jam along to during long road trips or a raging house party.

The first song on the album, “Opinion Overload”, is also the first single and features a classic Simple Plan-style music video. In a post on Facebook, the band says,

“‘Opinion Overload’ is a song about following your heart and not letting anyone tell you that you can’t. For us, writing it was about getting back to our roots and reminding ourselves and everyone else what this band is all about. We wanted to make a video that strips everything bare and lays it all on the table; go back to the basics and focus on what we love the most: playing shows for you. The video is a walk down memory lane for the five of us, right back to when we started this band and played small, sweaty clubs every night. Of course, a lot has changed since those days, but in some crazy way, it’s almost as if nothing’s changed at all. It’s still about the power of a song, the magic of stepping on stage and playing your heart out for anyone that cares to listen.”

“I Don’t Want To Be Sad” is towards the end of the album and after hearing it you will be far from feeling sad. Clap your hands, tap your foot, join in on the gang vocals; I promise your sad mood will disappear.

The album also has its fair share of guest appearances including Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory on “Farewell”, Juliet Simms on “I Dream About You” and Nelly. Yes, we said Nelly. You go Simple Plan.

Other notable tracks include “Kiss Me Like Nobody’s Watching” – a genius high school anthem for the younger generation paying attention to this album – and “Farewell” with its great hook and catchy lyrics.

“Taking One For The Team” is out now via Atlantic Records.

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