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Simple Plan are back again with their fourth studio album Get Your Heart On! released June 21, 2011. If the album can be described in two words, it would be “feel good.” The album has catchy and songs with hooks that will be stuck in your head for days.
Before any specific information was released about the latest album, two demo tracks: “Famous for Nothing” and “Just Around the Corner” were leaked. However, when the album track listing was officially announced, the record company had confirmed that neither leaked tracks would be on the album. Prior to the release of the album, Simple Plan began playing the song “You Suck at Love” live during the Bamboozle Roadshow Tour in June 2010.
One year later, the band released a preview clip of the studio version of their song on its website and YouTube page. On March 30, the band launched a new official website until the “actual new website” is launched, with a new video discussing the first list of their new song “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You.” On April 20, it was announced that the first single off the album would be “Jet Lag” featuring Natasha Bedingfield. To help promote the song, a program was set up on the website titled, “JetLag Airlines,” which released news, lyrics, track lists, and videos regarding the album.
Simple Plan has been known to produce songs while “keeping up with the times,” but has not been known to drastically change its style of music. Since the release was just this week, there haven’t been many reviews. According to Metacritic, Alternative Press gave Get Your Heart On! a 70 stating that while the album may not be “the true return to form the band envisioned, it is ultimately worth the wait.” All Music Guide said that the album is every bit as tuneful as the group’s debut, giving the score of 60. On the other hand, Sputnikmusic gave the album a 40 claiming that while the album is the poppiest release yet, it is also the band’s least catchy, indistinct and forgettable.
“This Song Saved My Life” is a powerful song, which is about everyone who stood by the band over the years. The song begins with a nice piano intro and ends with what sounds like a group of Simple Plan fans.
A noteworthy track is “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You,” which features Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo. This song has the “summer” vibe to it, painting a picture of sitting in the backyard enjoying some beers and BBQ. Get Your Heart On! has a plethora of guest singers, from Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low to Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo to Natasha Bedingfield. This is definitely a summer album by a band that sounds like it was made for the summer too. If you love pop-punk bands, then you will surely love Get Your Heart On!
1. You Suck at Love
2. Can’t Keep my Hands Off You (feat Rivers Cuomo)
3. Jet Lag (feat Natasha Bedingfield)
5. Loser of the Year
6. Anywhere else but here
7. Freaking Me Out (feat Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low)
8. Summer Paradise (feat K’naan)
9. Gone Too Soon
10. Last One Standing
11. This Song Saved My Life
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