Good Charlotte
The Young And The Hopeless


3.5
great

Review

by USER (43 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 139 replies | 12,594 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


4 of 5 thought this review was well written

Before you say I'm not doing this because I'm a yuppy who watches TRL and wears spikes and hoodies that go down to my knees? I actually listened to the album and I'm reviewing it because it isn't bad and I want to show every GC basher out there what it's like. Here goes...

Good Charlotte have a bad reputation. After being publitized (?) more than any other pop punk band in 2003, people have been bashing them loads. But this is based on their three main singles "Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous", "The Anthem" and "Girls And Boys". All I heard was "Oh yeah Good Charlotte are crap." But if you listen to the CD (it won't bite!) it isn't half bad.

01. A NEW BEGINNING
A strange intro but not bad. After the symphony and the weird jack-in-the-box sound you get to the guitars and drums. It isn't a bad intro to the album and better than your average intro (Foreword - Meteora?). But after such a strong intro you'd expect a descent song?...

02. THE ANTHEM
Wrong! Now during this song is playing the intro riff isn't bad, and the verses aren't bad either. But then you get to the chorus. I dunno what Joel was on when he wrote this song, but it certainly hasn't done them good. Gotta say the solo isn't bad, it could be better but what are you gonna do?

03. LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS
With an intro almost Green Day-like, you expect another hard rocking pop punk song. Nope, not here. A blaintly boring verse and lyrics complaining about celebrities, the same status they wished of being in when they were young. It's not a good thing to sell out GC!

04. WONDERING
I don't mind this song however. After two disappointments I wanted something to listen to where I could not say the word "CRAP". I found it. This song has a catchy intro, a not bad verse and a typical pop punk chorus. After hearing Joel's voice in the last two songs though, it doesn't pull back a lot of credability points. Let's see what's next...

05. THE STORY OF MY OLD MAN
Having your dad run away from your family who are sleeping in a hotel on Christmas Eve isn't the nicest thing to happen. So it figures we were bound to hear about it on this record. And it isn't the last time. Anyway, the songs itself is quite fast until the boring and quiet chorus. It can be a touching song but it's tempo and heaviness get rid of those emotions.

06. GIRLS AND BOYS
Now even people in the pop punk forum rip this song. And quite rightly too. It's not a bad thing for a pop punk band to have a song like this. A nice song to listen to and not feel the need to shed tears and put on a frown. But it doesn't have the pop punk edge. It's another boring song sad to say, though it could have been very catchy and rocking. Not a bad bridge or chorus though.

07. MY BLOODY VALENTINE
The first sign of weakness by the band. This is a very "hardcore" song. I like this song a lot, it has all the elements G&B didn't with a different storyline and it works so well. This is definatly one of the best songs on the album, check it out!

08. HOLD ON
The "Adam's Song" of Good Charlotte, this is a very touching song. I admit the video sucks with the people talking but the song itself is so well written. I can certainly see someone who doesn't like GC listening to this and saying "Yeah... urm... that's cool."

09. RIOT GIRL
Again, after two so well written and played songs we go back to regular pop punk! This is again everything G&B isn't, yet it doesn;'t have the edge of MBV. Yet this song is still very catchy and makes fun of Christina AND Britney in one song!

10. SAY ANYTHING
Now we are going back to the sad songs. I think this is again lyrically good and the acoustic in the background really shows what the song means. This is one of those songs you can hold your lighter up to at the gigs and rock left to right. It isn't the best song on the album but is certainly not bad.

11. THE DAY THAT I DIE
Quite a sad song to write about but this isn't exactly a sad song. The acoustic is so much better, more power and emotion behind it. Anyhow, this song isn't bad again. The chorus with Benji in the back singing "The day that I die..." is effective. It's an iffy subject to sing about for a pop punk band but GC have managed to make a good song.

12. THE YOUNG AND THE HOPELESS
I don't like this. It has the pop punk sound for it, but the lyrics ruin it. This song is obviously about themselves and that only. But after you hear it you don't really feel anything for them. A good song this could've been, but too much truth about their lives with hard rocking guitars for my liking.

13. EMOTIONLESS
This is a great song in my opinion. It is again about their dad but they wrote is so well. This time they wrote it the same way as TYATH but it's acoustic sound and slow drumming make it so much more powerful. You can really listen to the lyrics and feel more than TYATH.

14. MOVIN' ON
Quite a cool song I think. Lyricwise it isn't the best song but the chorus is different and works very well for the song. It just describes all the emotions we go through while going through life and it's so true. It really brings you back into reality and makes you take another look at the world you live in. Well done GC, you've managed to make me think about how much Dubuyah is a dick again.

So, after listening to this album, I realised that the only mistake GC made was bad publicity and releasing 3 shitty singles. Sorry to everyone out there who hates GC because it's the new fad, why don't you buy or even download the album and see for yourself. I think everyone will be very surprised.

I give it 3.5/5 :D:D:D:(:o



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PinkFloyd
December 15th 2003



24 Comments


0/5 it doesn't deserve a point. I have heard more than the 3 singles and I feel like vomitting. "Hold On" is a desperate attempt to write an actual meaningfull song. But they thing is, they are ****ty lyricists and musicians, so the song itself was lame rants. Rants about suicide, and how its not that bad ...blahblah blah. The other 4 singles on album are a bunch of rubbish. Same song patterns, chords, crappy lyrics.

robnathanson
December 15th 2003



93 Comments


why did you bother to post if you have nothing of value to imput into the review?

it's obvious you dislike the band, and that this influences your decision heavily.

It's a good review, and I respect your opinions, however I will definatley not be picking this cd up. I was thoroughly disappointed with their first cd (I'm actually not sure if it was their first...the one with "Little Things" on it) and Pop-punk isn't really my thing.

I don't mind the singles, as they are catchy, and that is what makes them popular, but they just aren't my thing.

Nice review though, and I have gained some more respect fro the band and for you:D


-Robin

PinkFloyd
December 15th 2003



24 Comments


^ Why did i bother to post? To voice my opinion on the CD. With what your saying is if you have negative crit then don't crit at all? As long as I back up my points then it's fine. And that's what I did, voiced my opinion and backed it up, negative or positive response it makes no difference. Tell me in the rules where it says:"People with negative responses to a CD Review are not aloud to post."

Kaden
December 15th 2003



222 Comments


I must say, this is the kind of thing I would usually hate (note the DT avatar), and for the most part, I do. However, the song ?My Bloody Valentine" is really cool. so it gets a 1/5 from me.

Kaden
December 15th 2003



222 Comments


I must say, this is the kind of thing I would usually hate (note the DT avatar), and for the most part, I do. However, the song "My Bloody Valentine" is really cool. so it gets a 1/5 from me.

RollerQueen
December 15th 2003



209 Comments


Pleasant review, cky. To add to it, the guitar in "The Day That I Die" rips off Social Distortion's "Ball & Chain." Honestly, I only liked "Say Anything" a little bit and the rest were negligible. Maybe a 2/5 or 2.5/5. Still, good review.

YDload
December 15th 2003



1207 Comments


I can't stand "Hold On" because it reminds me of all those other pointless pop-punk ballads. The whole point of pop-punk is to write fast, catchy, peppy songs so that listeners will be in too good of a mood to notice that you're not very musically talented. When you write these slow, plodding songs you just suck all the joy out of it and show everyone how little you know about playing your instrument.

Boo to ballads, and Good Charlotte is only fine if you hear them less than three times. Then it gets annoying.

hybridofsound
December 15th 2003



131 Comments


I thought I had balls reviewing Linkin Park but up's to you Cky :thumb: Can't say I really enjoyed this album heaps, the songs are catchy at first but they get old after a while and it seemed a bit bland. The first album was better. I would give this album 3/5.

Bartender
Emeritus
December 15th 2003



826 Comments


[QUOTE=robnathanson]
It's a good review, and I respect your opinions, however I will definatley not be picking this cd up. I was thoroughly disappointed with their first cd (I'm actually not sure if it was their first...the one with "Little Things" on it) and Pop-punk isn't really my thing.
[/QUOTE]

My sister bought the CD with Little Things on it...I listened to it, and I actually thought that album was better than this one (not by a huge amount, as I don't particularly like either, but the old one had a couple of songs I liked on). Did you notice the difference in appearance as well though? The press which accompanied the older CD told me GC were good Christian boys, and I'm pretty sure they were all dressed in white on the cover, so I was inclined to not like them as soon as I saw their new goth/punk/whatever image on the Lifestyles.... video.

Anyway, its good to see a band who get so much negativity directed at them being reviewed in a more impartial way, though I also would have given this album a lower score, maybe 1.5 or 2. I just think theres much better pop-punk out there (and pop-punk generally isn't my favourite type of music anyway, though I'm trying to forget that for scoring this album).

Testify1
December 15th 2003



1 Comments


i liked emotionless off that album, in my opinion it's good charlotte's one and only good song. it didn't have the poppy vibe to it as much. it's acoustic too, which definitely helps it along.

BirdsOfFires
December 15th 2003



92 Comments


1.5/5 Not even a good example of pop-punk. Terrible, Terrible, Terrible.

manuscriptreplica
December 16th 2003



431 Comments


even if this album was good (which i'm sure it isn't), i wouldnt buy it on principle.

JohnTheFisherman
December 16th 2003



15 Comments


[QUOTE=BirdsOfFires]1.5/5 Not even a good example of pop-punk. Terrible, Terrible, Terrible.[/QUOTE]

Agreed, this album is the bottom of the barell in the recording industry. Giving it anything over 1/5 is very generous.

jimmymcmahon2001
December 16th 2003



14 Comments


I really couldnt stand this album. It had high points, even then they werent THAT high.
1/5

BirdsOfFires
December 16th 2003



92 Comments


Simple Plan > GC

And to think I saw GC at Warped Tour before they were famous. They sucked.

ktyrer496
April 23rd 2004



1 Comments


To you all who all down graded GC, i think GC rock better than any over pop-punk band sure boys and girls ain't anything special, but dey rock and some of the meanings behind their songs are amazing and touching.i saw them live they were amazing, can't wait until the next album!

Vietnow
April 23rd 2004



39 Comments


Your Reveiw of the song "riot Girl" is bad. Sure it makes fun of Brittney, but They manage to make fun of them selves even more because why would a real riot grrrl ever go out with a townie like Benji.

YDload
April 24th 2004



1207 Comments


I don't know what a "townie" is, but if it's some kind of British slang, then leave it out. I don't think GC is that cultured to realize that you're making fun of them.

Lateralias
April 24th 2004



10 Comments


I saw the "Hold on" video and instantly after that I saw GC had created it and I just laughed so hard. Why? cause its just not in there nature to write songs with that lame content in it... and honestly.. anyone who plans on suicide and listens to GC at the same time is probably just wanting attention. Just what ive noticed from girls at my school.

CommieCanada
April 24th 2004



68 Comments


good review CKY. people know i am not a fan of GC, but i trusted you to make some good song picks, and i liked all the songs you did, and dislike all the ones you dislike for about the same reasons. well written review and a helpful one too.

"hold on" was my guilty pleasure



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