Simple Plan (2008) These Montreal mallrats dial up the "pop" half of their pop-punk formula on Simple Plan , their self-titled third studio album, enlisting Top 40-friendly producers… 2008-02-12 Simple Plan Rock
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Simple Plan (2008)

SIMPLE PLAN Self-titled third album offers the same old same old from the pop-punkers, with Top 40 production sheen
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SIMPLE PLAN Self-titled third album offers the same old same old from the pop-punkers, with Top 40 production sheen
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Feb 12, 2008; Lead Performance: Simple Plan; Genre: Rock

These Montreal mallrats dial up the ''pop'' half of their pop-punk formula on Simple Plan, their self-titled third studio album, enlisting Top 40-friendly producers like Max Martin (Kelly Clarkson) and Nate ''Danja'' Hills (Britney Spears) to give their tunes a glossy sheen. And yet there aren't enough synth-wielding Svengalis in the world to disguise the tricks that this quartet has always relied on: super-tinny guitars, extra-whiny vocals, an occasional dash of misogyny. All things considered, this Plan to update their sound winds up being too Simple. C-
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Originally posted Feb 08, 2008 Published in issue #978 Feb 15, 2008 Order article reprints