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Simple Plan - 2002 No Pads, No Helmets.. Just Balls


SIMPLE PLAN - NO PADS, NO HELMETS.. JUST BALLS (2002, LAVA/ATLANTIC)
Sebastien Lefebvre - vocals, guitars
David Derosiers - vocals, bass
Pierre Bouvier - vocals
Jeff Stinco - guitars
Chuck Comeau - drums


Background
A quick glance at the bands Simple Plan thank in the album liner notes reveals everything about what kind of album this is going to be. Good Charlotte, Blink 182, New Found Glory and Sum 41 all toured with Simple Plan on the recent 'Warped' tour, and sure enough, Simple Plan is the latest identikit band jumping on the lucrative pop-punk bandwagon. Although there's nothing remotely new on 'No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls', the band make a pretty good job of sounding like all of the aforementioned bands.

The Songs
All the trademark elements are in evidence - plenty of angst-ridden songs with razor-sharp guitars, a thudding rhythm section and lashings of sugar-coated melodies as well as five youthful and rebellious-looking band members. The instantly hummable and frenetic opener 'I'd Do Anything' is a good indicator of what the rest of the album will be like, and although it's all undeniably melodic, as tunes like 'God Must Hate Me', 'The Worst Day Ever' and 'Addicted' pass by, things become as predictable and forgettable as a Hollywood ending.

In Summary
If it's innovative, groundbreaking music you're looking for, think again. If it's disposable, throwaway melodic punk with plenty of lustre and sheen you want, then you've hit pay dirt with Simple Plan.

URL: www.simpleplan.com
Produced By: Arnold Lanni, Ziad Al-Hillal, Simple Plan
Other: Enhanced CD, with 3 video tracks *(V)

Track Listing:
01 I'd Do Anything (V)
02 The Worst Day Ever
03 You Don't Mean Anything (V)
04 I'm Just A Kid
05 When I'm With You
06 Meet You There
07 Addicted (V)
08 My Alien
09 God Must Hate Me
10 I Won't Be There
11 One Day
12 Perfect
13 Grow Up (bonus track)

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#1 | gdazegod on July 24 2013 13:47:14
Does anyone know whether the song off this album 'When I'm With You'is a cover of the Sheriff song? I ask, because Arnold Lanni produces this album. Put 2+2 together.. and..
 
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