Still Not Getting Any...

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Still Not Getting Any...
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Studio album by Simple Plan
Released October 26, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop punk, alternative rock
Length 44:27
Label Lava, Atlantic
Producer Bob Rock
Simple Plan chronology
Live in Anaheim
(2004)
Still Not Getting Any...
(2004)
MTV Hard Rock Live
(2005)
Simple Plan video chronology
A Big Package for You
(2003)
Still Not Getting Any...
(2004)
MTV Hard Rock Live
(2005)
Alternate cover
Tour edition
Singles from Still Not Getting Any...
  1. "Welcome to My Life"
    Released: September 14, 2004
  2. "Shut Up!"
    Released: February 22, 2005
  3. "Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)"
    Released: April 1, 2005
  4. "Crazy"
    Released: October 18, 2005

Still Not Getting Any... is the second studio album by Canadian rock band Simple Plan.

Release[edit]

"Welcome to My Life" was released to radio on September 14, 2004.[1] It was released on October 26, 2004.

Commercial performance[edit]

It debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 with over 130,000 copies sold in its first week. The record was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of one million copies.[2]

MTV characterised "Me Against the World" as the band's heaviest song at the time. The last track "Untitled" is a piano song with string instruments, with the band commenting "we couldn't think of title – it's that good". MTV felt the album was a "natural evolution" from the previous album.[3] Lead single "Welcome to My Life" peaked at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 10 on Mainstream Top 40, and was certified gold by the RIAA for 500,000 shipments.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (66/100)[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[4]
Blender 3/5 stars[7]
Classic Rock 4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly B+[8]
IGN (6.5/10)[9]
The New York Times (average)[10]
Q 3/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (dud)[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]

Still Not Getting Any... received generally positive reviews but music critics were questioning the band's musical talent in terms of lyrics and instrumentation in their given genre. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 66, based on 9 reviews.[4]

Johnny Loftus of AllMusic commended the band for shifting their teenage ennui material from pop punk to a more modern rock sound that shows maturity in their lyrics, concluding that "As Still Not Getting Any...'s title and rowdier moments prove, they can still bring the spunky crowd-pleasers. But it's the album's less raucous and more thoughtful side that shows Simple Plan's investment in the future."[5] Sean Richardson of Entertainment Weekly praised the band for maintaining their sense of humor and energy on the album, concluding that "Life may be complicated for Avril Lavigne's favorite opening act, but they're smart enough to understand that sometimes music shouldn't be."[8] While mixed on the teenage-aimed lyrics, Jenny Eliscu of Rolling Stone found the production and instrumentation of the tracks catchy and worthy of being released as singles, saying that "[D]espite the overwrought angst, Still Not Getting Any . . . is a hard-to-deny collection of bubblegum punk."[12]

Nick Catucci of Blender commended the band for adding their own musical choices to the pop punk formula that evoke emotional introspection and empowerment but found it lacking in substance and stand out musicianship, concluding that "Simple Plan are gluttons for the pleasure of release, a quality they picked up from an earlier generation of wound-up punk. Though that's also the only quality to which they've remained loyal."[7] Jon Pareles of The New York Times was mixed on the messages that Bouvier delivered throughout the album, concluding that "Individually, the songs are catchy, but as they pile up over the length of the album, it's impossible not to wonder whether the singer's endless complaints didn't drive everyone away."[10] Robert Christgau graded the album as a "dud",[11] indicating "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought."[13]

NME listed the album as one of "20 Pop Punk Albums Which Will Make You Nostalgic".[14]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Pierre Bouvier and Chuck Comeau; all music composed by Simple Plan.

No. Title Length
1. "Shut Up!" 3:01
2. "Welcome to My Life" 3:22
3. "Perfect World" 3:53
4. "Thank You" 2:55
5. "Me Against the World" 3:14
6. "Crazy" 3:38
7. "Jump" 3:11
8. "Everytime" 4:03
9. "Promise" 3:34
10. "One" 3:22
11. "Untitled" 4:00
12. "Perfect" (Live, Australian and Japanese bonus track) 6:22
Total length: 44:27

DVD and DualDisc[edit]

The album was also released with a bonus DVD and as DualDisc. Including: the album in 5.1 surround sound, discography, lyrics and photos.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[15] 2
Spain Albums Chart[16] 48
US Billboard 200[15] 3

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2004 "Welcome to My Life" Billboard Hot 100 40
Mainstream Top 40 10
Top 40 Tracks 21
Los 40 Principales Spain 1
2005 "Shut Up!" Billboard Hot 100 99
"Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)" 49
"Crazy"

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[17] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[18] Gold 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[19] 4× Platinum 400,000^
France (SNEP)[20] Gold 100,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[21] Gold 100,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[22] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[23] Platinum 15,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

Simple Plan[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Bob Rock – production, engineering
  • Eric Helmkamp – engineering, digital engineering
  • Mathieu Roberge – digital engineering
  • Randy Staub – mixing
  • Zach Blackstone – assistance
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Darcy Proper – 5.1 surround mastering
  • Bob Buckley – string arrangements (songs 10, 11)
  • Bill Sample – piano (song 11)
  • Eric Lawrence – management
  • Rob Lanni – management
  • Andy Karp – artists and repertoire direction
  • Aaron Simon – product management
  • Ron Blestock – legal representation
  • Jill Michael – legal representation
  • Mathieu Desjardins – business management
  • Chapman Baehler – album photography
  • Christina Dittmar – art direction for Lava
  • Fred Jérôme – layout design, website design
  • Patrick Langlois – Webmaster

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "RIAA Database Search for Simple Plan" Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on August 17, 2008.
  3. ^ Simple Plan Less Simple On Second Album. MTV. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Critic Reviews for Still Not Getting Any by Simple Plan". Metacritic. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "Still Not Getting Any... Simple Plan". AllMusic. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ Yates, Henry (February 2005). "Simple Plan 'Still Not Getting Any...'". Classic Rock. 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 91. 
  7. ^ a b Catucci, Nick (October 2004). "Simple Plan - Still Not Getting Any...". Blender. Alpha Media Group. Archived from the original on December 4, 2004. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Richardson, Sean (October 29, 2004). "Still Not Getting Any... Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Still Not Getting Any...". IGN. November 17, 2004. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (November 8, 2004). "New CD's (Simple Plan: Still Not Getting Any...)". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "CG: simple plan". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Eliscu, Jenny (November 11, 2004). "Album reviews: Simple Plan - Still Not Getting Any". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on December 27, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Key to Icons". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ "20 Pop Punk Albums Which Will Make You Nostalgic". NME. IPC Media. June 9, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b [1] Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "billboard" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
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  17. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  18. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Simple Plan – Still Not Getting Any" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Simple Plan – Still Not Getting Any". Music Canada. 
  20. ^ "French album certifications – Simple Plan – Still Not Getting Any" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  21. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Simple Plan – Still Not Getting Any" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.  Select 2004年12月 on the drop-down menu
  22. ^ "Certificaciones – Simple Plan" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
  23. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Simple Plan – Still Not Getting Any". Recorded Music NZ. 
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Simple Plan – Still Not Getting Any". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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