Good Charlotte

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"We got nothin' to prove," good Charlotte declare on the finale of The Young and the Hopeless, the Maryland punk-pop quartet's second album. But Benji and Joel, the identical twins who co-founded Good Charlotte as teenagers, sometimes sound too desperate to establish their punker-than-thou credentials. The us-against-them bravado of "The Anthem," "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and "The Young and the Hopeless" (which ridicules "critics and trust-fund kids") is strained. Good Charlotte are much more persuasive when they let their vulnerability crack through the surface of these slightly overbaked songs, in which elaborate production touches (strings, timpani-like drum flourishes) mask the band's three-chord limitations. "My Old Man" and "Emotionaless" wrestle with complex feelings in the wake of a father's departure, but relief arrives as hormones pogo in "Riot Girl." When Joel yelps, "Christina, wouldn't wanna meet her," it's way more punk rock than sniping at rich kids.

(RS 907 - October 17, 2002)

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JoelsRiotGurl writes:

5of 5 Stars

A lot of people say good charlotte isnt a good band but if ur into the punk rock thing like blink 182, green day, simple plan ect. then i think this is a esemtial album to put into ur CD rack. It is by far the best album ive ever listened to and i wouldnt insult one track. Best Songs:- Lifestyles of the rich and the famous, Girls and boys, Riot Girl, The Anthem (pretty much all of it) Over all i give this album 5 stars because this is such a important album to the pop punk society. I recomend anyone to save up and buy this album as i give this a assential purchace.

Feb 25, 2006 12:08:42

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