“Taking One For the Team” is the fifth studio album by Canadian pop-rock band Simple Plan. It was released on February 19, 2016 via Atlantic Records.
It comes preceded by the promotional singles: “Saturday”, “Boom” and “I Don’t Wanna Be Sad”. The lead single from the album “I Don’t Wanna Go to Bed” featuring Nelly was released on October 16th. About the album, they said:
We have been working on these new songs for almost 2 years now and we cannot wait to share them with you. We all feel like this is our best album yet and there’s nothing better than knowing that, in a few months, you will be able to hear the final result Thank you all for your amazing support. We can’t wait for you to finally listen to the new record and to see you on tour!
I have had the opportunity to hear some songs on the album and I have to say they are very good and remind the sound of their early albums.
“Kiss Me Like Nobody’s Watching” is a perfect radio-friendly pop-rock piece with a lovely and chessy lyrics but of course, pretty effective. Very Simple Plan.
“I Refuse” is a dynamic and energetic punk-pop anthem where we have the true essence of the band with that powerful Californian sound with some catchy and foolproof oh-oh-oh-oh!
“Perfectly Perfect” is an emotionally and lovely pop-rock ballad, taking some chords from “Love Story” by Taylor Swift and mixed them with some One Direction song.
“Problem Child” is a symphonic rock ballad with an emotional and lovely lyrics, a nice try to make a pretty decent sequel of their 2005’s global smash “Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)“, but of course, a little watered down.
The band debuted a music video for the album’s opening track “Opinion Overload” on February 5th. About the video which was directed by Mark Staubach and Chady Awad, they said:
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
The band unveiled a music video for the album’s track “Signing In the Rain” on April 12th. The video is a love letter to one of our favorite movies of all time, “That Thing You Do” (1964). They said:
It’s about the exhilarating power that 3 chords, a drum beat and a catchy melody can have on the lives of the people who create it. The video takes you on the magical journey from rehearsing in a garage to playing stadiums and topping the charts. and the roller-coaster ride that is the music industry: both exhilarating and extraordinary, heartbreaking and bittersweet. We had a blast filming this video and we hope that you will enjoy it and that it will make you smile!”