Taking One for the Team

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Taking One for the Team
Taking One for the Team album cover.jpg
Studio album by Simple Plan
Released February 19, 2016 (2016-02-19)
Recorded March – November 2015[1]
Genre
Length 47:12
Label Atlantic
Producer
Simple Plan chronology
Get Your Heart On – The Second Coming!
(2013)Get Your Heart On – The Second Coming!2013
Taking One for the Team
(2016)
Singles from Taking One for the Team
  1. "I Don't Wanna Go to Bed"
    Released: October 16, 2015
  2. "Singing in the Rain"
    Released: March 25, 2016
  3. "Perfectly Perfect"
    Released: September 26, 2016

Taking One for the Team is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band Simple Plan. It was released on February 19, 2016 through Atlantic Records and represents the band's first full-length record in nearly five years.[6] Following the release of three buzz singles in mid-2015, the band released "I Don't Wanna Go to Bed" featuring American rapper Nelly as the official lead single for the album on October 16, 2015.[7] It debuted at number 4 on the Canadian Albums Chart, earning the band their fourth consecutive top-5 and a perfect streak of top-10s for their first five studio albums.

Singles[edit]

"I Don't Wanna Go to Bed" was released October 16, 2015 as the album is official lead single.[8] The song features pop and funk influences in a stylistic departure from the pop punk and pop rock of the group is earlier work. A Baywatch-inspired music video premiered October 15, 2015 – a day before the song is digital release.[7] It has since peaked outside the top 50 on the Canadian Hot 100 at number 54.[9]

"Singing in the Rain" was released as second single from the album on March 25, 2016.[10][11] However, the single version of the song does not feature R. City.[12] The music video for "Singing in the Rain was released on April 12, 2016; set in the 1960s, it was a tribute to the movie That Thing You Do.

"Perfectly Perfect" was announced as the third official single on September 26, 2016.[13]

Other songs[edit]

The first song released from the era was "Saturday" on June 22, 2015.[14] In September 2015, drummer Chuck Comeau revealed the song would not be featured on the album.[15]

"Boom" was released August 28, 2015 as the second promotional single after its music video premiered a day earlier.[16][17]

A third buzz track, "I Don't Wanna Be Sad", was released September 18, 2015.[18] Initially presumed to be the album's first official single, it was later announced to be a promotional track only.[19]

The band released the album tracks steadily leading up to the release date. A music video for "Opinion Overload" was released on February 5, 2016.[20][21] "Farewell" was released on February 14, followed by[22] "I Refuse" on February 15,[23] "Nostalgic",[24] "P.S. I Hate You"[25] and "Perfectly Perfect".[26]

At the end of the album, Canadian sports announcer Bob Cole calls a fictional ice hockey game featuring Simple Plan, concluding with, "Oh my goodness, can you believe it? Just like that, Simple Plan have won the game!".[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic65/100[27]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Kerrang!3/5 stars[28]
Consequence of SoundD+[29]

Taking One for the Team received generally favorable reviews from music critics. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 65 based on 4 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[27]

Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic called the record "pure, no-frills, feel-good fun, a start-to-finish crowd-pleaser for fans of that classic pop-punk sound." He concluded about the band's musical stance they made with their album: "When music is presented this directly, and after so many years holding firm to a particular style, it's hard to root against them. They're aware of their legacy and position as now-veterans in a scene that has already experienced another revival with young bands like Neck Deep and All Time Low. Simple Plan -- whose members were in their late thirties at the time of recording -- are the comeback underdog team, winning whether critics like it or not."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All writing credits per booklet.[30]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Opinion Overload"
  • Simple Plan
  • Nathaniel Company
3:19
2."Boom!"
  • Simple Plan
  • Ryan Ogren
  • Nick Bailey
3:10
3."Kiss Me Like Nobody's Watching"
  • Simple Plan
3:22
4."Farewell" (featuring Jordan Pundik)
  • Simple Plan
  • Ogren
  • Bailey
3:21
5."Singing in the Rain" (featuring R. City)
  • Simple Plan
  • Theron Thomas
  • Timothy Thomas
3:42
6."Everything Sucks"
  • Simple Plan
3:31
7."I Refuse"
  • Simple Plan
3:18
8."I Don't Wanna Go to Bed" (featuring Nelly)
  • Simple Plan
  • Christopher J. Baran
  • Comell Haynes
3:08
9."Nostalgic"
  • Simple Plan
  • Company
3:06
10."Perfectly Perfect"
3:07
11."I Don't Wanna Be Sad"
  • Simple Plan
3:13
12."P.S. I Hate You"
  • Simple Plan
  • Stewart
3:03
13."Problem Child"
  • Simple Plan
  • Justin Tranter
3:41
14."I Dream About You" (featuring Juliet Simms)
  • Simple Plan
4:11
Bonus tracks

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[31] 12
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[32] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[33] 45
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[34] 105
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[35] 4
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[36] 59
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[37] 30
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[38] 21
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[39] 11
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[40] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[41] 44
US Billboard 200[42] 94

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per booklet.[30]

References[edit]

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