Sound — 5
Brandon of the UG Team's review is an accurate description of Simple Plan's latest - old fans or listeners looking for the early-2000s-style pop-punk of SP's first couple releases may find themselves disappointed with the amount of pure pop being offered on "Get Your Heart On - The Second Coming!" Simple Plan have clearly grown and changed since their debut, both in songwriting and sound, and perhaps that growth has taken them toward a more pop-intensive sound. Maybe not - I personally will reserve that judgment until their next release. But taken in the context of a pop release, "GYHO-TSC" seems pretty standard fare: hooky, bouncy, and full of unabashed talk of love, heartbreak, partying, and not fitting in. Taken for what it is, this album is fairly average - not terribly impressive, but not terrible, either. If you're looking for an old school SP sound, try "Ordinary Life" and "In" - they're the most energetic and guitar-oriented tracks on the EP.
Lyrics — 5
As Brandon pointed out, with the SP guys now in their 30s, the lyrical content isn't terribly impressive, even as pop-punk goes. Instead, I chose to look at the growth in their songwriting since their debut "No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls": while their first album read like fairly typical teenage pining and angst, while their later releases show a marked shift in perspective and more polished songwriting. Simple Plan now seem to see themselves as a voice for angsty kids, rather than as those kids themselves. While I can respect that, it does come across as heavy-handed at times, as Brandon pointed out. A quick breakdown: "Ordinary Life" is an energetic song about being bored with a live-to-work lifestyle - basically a (slightly) more adult version of "The Worst Day Ever" from their debut, and the most musically interesting. "The Rest of Us" is a poppy anthem for "the awkward, geeks, losers" etc. To feel confident and unashamed. The lyrics are heavy handed, but the song is sunny and upbeat. "Outta My System" is about partying and trying to keep distracted from thinking about a breakup. Again, not very mature subject matter, but the perspective here shows tinges of adulthood. "Fire in My Heart" is another very poppy song about infatuation. Again, the lyrics are nothing amazing, but considering how juvenile their lyrics have been in the past, their growth is somewhat - somewhat - refreshing. In harkens back to SP's self-titled album musically, which makes it one of the more standout and interesting tracks on the EP. Lyrically it's a pretty standard song about a relationship that seems to be on the rocks. "Lucky One" is an acoustic song about being bummed from having a difficult life - at first glance, it seems to be very contrived and inauthentic, but considering how the members of SP live pretty good lives, it's obvious that this song was written to commiserate with fans that are depressed or have troubles. Try is an apologetic song about regretting being an unreliable and disappointing person, and wanting to make it up to someone Very sappy and sentimental, both in composition and lyrics, like every other closing song on a SP album.
Overall Impression — 6
"Get Your Heart On - The Second Coming!" was released as a holdover between albums and is comprised of songs that didn't make the cut for their last full-length, and it shows - "Get Your Heart On!" was much poppier than older offerings, but it was somewhat more balanced in sound; this EP feels overloaded with pop sound and production, and while potentially enjoyable in that context, doesn't hold up particularly well against SP's older releases. Even so, it's clear that they're making music that they want to make, and I personally give them credit for that. But unless you're a diehard fan, this EP probably isn't going to do much for you.