Picks and Pans Review: Simple Plan

updated 03/03/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/03/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

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REVIEWED BY JESSICA HERNDON

PUNK-POP

When punk-popsters come of age, they often experiment with more complex sounds. On their fourth CD, these Canadians branch out with the help of Timbaland protégé Nate "Danja" Hills (Britney Spears), who produced three cuts, and with more mature lyrics focusing on quarter-life crises. Although Simple Plan is tinged with R&B romanticism, hardcore fans needn't worry—songs like "Take My Hand" and "Generation" still hit as hard as "I'm Just a Kid" did back in 2002.

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