Simple Plan (album)

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Simple Plan
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Studio album by Simple Plan
Released February 12, 2008
(see release dates below)
Recorded July–September 2007 in New York, US and Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Length 43:33
Simple Plan chronology
MTV Hard Rock Live
(2005)MTV Hard Rock Live2005
Simple Plan
Get Your Heart On!
(2011)Get Your Heart On!2011
Singles from Simple Plan
  1. "When I'm Gone"
    Released: October 29, 2007
  2. "Your Love Is a Lie"
    Released: February 28, 2008
  3. "Take My Hand"
    Released: March 17, 2008
  4. "Save You"
    Released: August 14, 2008
Original cover
Rejected on December 14, 2007.
Rejected on December 14, 2007.
Simple Plan Review
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (51/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4] 3.5/5 stars[5]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[6]
Billboard (favorable)[7]
Blender 2/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C-[8]
iAfrica 4/5 stars[9]
Q 2/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[10]
Spin (4/10)[3]
The A.V. Club D[11]

Simple Plan is the self-titled third studio album by Canadian rock band Simple Plan, released on February 12, 2008. The album was a large musical departure from the band's previous albums, as its theme was more love-based than teen angst. It reached No. 2 on the Canadian album charts, No. 14 on the US Billboard 200 and charted in the top 10 worldwide in countries including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Sweden and Switzerland.

Background and recording[edit]

Having finished most touring in support of Still Not Getting Any... in March 2006, Simple Plan took some time off and then began work on writing new material with Arnold Lanni, who had produced their first album. On July 1, 2007, they went to the studio and began tracking. They started with drum tracking in Los Angeles after pre-production, then went back to Montreal to finish the rest of the recording process. They also hired David Campbell to arrange and conduct strings for the songs "The End", "What If", "I Can Wait Forever" and "No Love". During September 2007, the band had finished recording and went back to L.A. to mix the album with Chris Lord-Alge. After mixing, the band went to New York to master the album, thus finishing the building of the album.

The album took more of an alternative rock sound than their previous albums, which usually feature a pop punk style. However pop punk influences are present in the tracks, "When I'm Gone", "Take My Hand", "Generation" and "Time to Say Goodbye".


The album was announced on October 21. The CD was originally set for release on January 29, 2008. The first single was "When I'm Gone", released on October 29 via iTunes.[12] On November 29, 2007, the band announced a two weeks' delay due to production difficulties, and the need to re-record some lyrics from the song "Generation". The released version of "Generation" would be considerably different from that distributed on the review copies of the CD, with the latter beginning "This world's so sad and lonely/Won't you come and spend some time with me?"[13] An album cover was released in early December 2007. Soon afterwards, in his MySpace blog, band frontman Pierre Bouvier responded to fan concerns about the cover, defending the artwork. On December 11, a music video was released for "When I'm Gone".[14]

On December 12, 2007, the band released a second proposed album cover, and invited fan views by email about each, indicating (despite Bouvier's earlier comments) that they were fine with either cover. On December 14, the alternative cover depicted above was announced as selected over the original one depicted below. In April 2008, the rejected artwork was released as a limited-edition CD cover in Australia. "Your Love Is a Lie" was first publicly performed at a taping for YouTube on December 18, 2007. All the songs on the CD, except "Holding On" were played at a small show in Montreal on January 11, 2008. Simple Plan was released on February 12.[14] "Your Love Is a Lie" was released as a single in February. In early May, the band appeared at the 2008 edition of the Bamboozle festival.[15] "Save You" was released as a single on August 14. Lead singer Pierre Bouvier has stated in interviews that "Save You" deals with his brother's battle with cancer. To promote awareness of this issue, the music video featured many famous cancer survivors including Sharon Osbourne and Bif Naked. Even without being released as a single, in August 2008, "I Can Wait Forever" was chosen as the title track for Animax's original feature-length anime "LaMB". Animax Asia made an animated video for "I Can Wait Forever", released in December 2008.[16]

Commercial performance[edit]

"When I'm Gone" peaked at No. 11 on the Canadian Hot 100 and No. 26 on the UK Singles Chart. "Your Love Is a Lie" reached No. 16 on the Canadian Hot 100 and No.8 (108) on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. "Save You" peaked at No. 18 on the Canadian Hot 100. "No Love", entered the Canadian Hot 100 in the issue of March 12, 2009, peaking at No. 77.[17] "Generation" managed to peak at No. 90 on the Canadian Hot 100 in the issue of June 18.[17] The album would also be nominated for the 2008 Juno Awards in the "Best Album" category, but lost to Nickelback's Dark Horse.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Simple Plan and lyricists.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "When I'm Gone" Pierre Bouvier, Chuck Comeau, Nate Hills, Arnold Lanni 3:48
2. "Take My Hand" Bouvier, Comeau, Lanni 3:52
3. "The End" Bouvier, Comeau, Hills, Lanni 3:22
4. "Your Love Is a Lie" Bouvier, Comeau, Lanni 3:42
5. "Save You" Bouvier, Comeau, Lanni 3:45
6. "Generation" Bouvier, Comeau, Hills, Lanni, Max Martin 3:02
7. "Time to Say Goodbye" Bouvier, Comeau 2:56
8. "I Can Wait Forever" Bouvier 4:54
9. "Holding On" Bouvier, Comeau, Lanni 5:03
10. "No Love" Bouvier, Comeau, Lanni 3:15
11. "What If" Bouvier, Comeau, Lanni 5:54
Total length: 43:33


Release dates[edit]

  • January 31, 2008 – Argentina[18]
  • February 6, 2008 – Japan
  • February 8, 2008 – Germany, Belgium, Netherlands
  • February 11, 2008 – France, Portugal, South Africa
  • February 12, 2008 – Canada, United States, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Southeast Asia
  • February 13, 2008 – Finland, Sweden
  • February 14, 2008 – Malaysia
  • February 15, 2008 – Italy
  • February 16, 2008 – Australia
  • February 17, 2008 – Denmark
  • February 18, 2008 – United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, India


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[19] 6
Austrian Music Chart[20] 9
Brazil – ABPD[21] 8
Canadian Albums Chart[22] 2
Finnish Albums Chart 19
France Albums Chart 16
Mexican Albums Chart[23] 15
New Zealand Albums Chart[24] 12
Netherlands Albums Chart[25] 43
Spain Albums Chart[26] 13
Swedish Albums Chart[27] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[27] 7
UK Albums Chart 31
U.S. Billboard 200 14
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums 4
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums 3
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums 7


Chart (2008) Position Sales
U.S. Billboard 200 14 250,000+
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[19] 6 35,000+
Brazil - ABPD[28] 1 100,000
Canadian Albums Chart[22] 2 150,000
Finland Album Chart 19 15,000
México Albums Chart AMPROFON[23] 15 50,000
Spain PROMUSICAE Albums Chart[26] 13 30,000
Sweden Album Chart[27] 7 10,000
UK Albums Chart 31 60,000


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  8. ^ Simon Vozick-Levinson (February 8, 2008). "Simple Plan Review | Music Reviews and News". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
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  13. ^ Review copy of CD, registered number #1763, issued to Naoko Isozaki of bayfm and subsequently purchased on eBay, track 6
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  15. ^ "Cobra Starship, Thrice added to Bamboozle lineup". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. February 2, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
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  18. ^ Release date in Argentina
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  20. ^ "Austrian Charts > Simple Plan" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  21. ^ Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ a b Archived October 4, 2009, at WebCite, Music SoundScan Charts
  23. ^ a b, Mexican Charts – Albums – 12.12.2008
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  25. ^ "Dutch Album Charts > Simple Plan" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
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  27. ^ a b c, Simple Plan – Simple Plan – Music Charts
  28. ^ "Associação Brasileira de Produtores de Disco". Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. 

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