Good Charlotte
The Young And The Hopeless


3.0
good

Review

by Channing Freeman STAFF
July 19th, 2006 | 233 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Here at Sputnikmusic, there are bands that are adored, bands that are generally liked, bands that are disliked, and bands that are just plain hated. Good Charlotte is a hated band. Whether it be the vocals, the musicianship, the lyrics, or their poppy sound, people around these parts don't take much of a likin' to Good Charlotte. But is all this hate warranted? If you ask me, the answer would be no. Good Charlotte is a band that has been judged largely by their singles, due to massive airplay on channels like MTV after the release of their second album, The Young and the Hopeless. Good Charlotte built up a terrible reputation for themselves by releasing songs like "Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous," "The Anthem," and "Girls and Boys." Perhaps if they chose better singles, they wouldn't be so hated. But what's done is done. They released the worst of what The Young and the Hopeless has to offer, and they've certainly paid the price for it.

Luckily for them, the rest of the album isn't bad at all.

As I stated before, the singles are not good. Good Charlotte basically shot themselves in the foot with the songs that they released. Releasing a bad single here and there doesn't usually destroy a band's reputation, but you have to understand that Good Charlotte was one of the most hyped bands of 2003. Before the release of The Young and the Hopeless, they were relatively unknown, save for some minor success with singles from their self titled debut. Basically their whole image and sound was being shoddily held up by the crappy singles from this album, so it's no wonder to me that they're so disliked.

The first single, Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous, was the worst choice for a lead single that I have ever seen. The terrible lyrics are totally contradictory to Good Charlotte's attitude. As kids, all they wanted to do was "make it" and become famous. And when they have their first taste of success, what do they do? They make a song about how shallow famous people are! The song's only saving grace is the tempo change in the music during the chorus after the bridge, which they should have used for the whole song, but they ruin that by going back to the same pace for the last chorus. The Anthem is another one of the worst songs from the album. The opening music is pretty cool, but once again, the terrible lyrics totally ruin the song. Lyrics about hating authority, high school, and not wanting to follow trends worked for their first album, but no one wants to hear it a second time. The bridge in this song is downright awful, with lyrics like "Shake it once that's fine, shake it twice that's okay, shake it three times, you're playing with yourself again." The last thirty seconds of the song is pretty cool though. For Girls and Boys, just take everything I said about the last two songs, just without the compliments. Yeah, it's that bad.

But hey, that's only three songs, and the rest of the album is quite good. After sitting through two torturous singles, we hear Wondering. The lyrics in this one don't show too much improvement from the last two songs, but they seem to get better as the album progresses. A lot of people don't like Joelis vocals, but I enjoy them a lot. One thing I always liked about Good Charlotte's music is the harmonizing between Joel and Benji. It's done rather well on most songs, though I can't help feeling that they whored it a little too much, and that they should have cut back on it a little bit. It can get annoying after extended listening. Most people will tell you that the best song on the CD is My Bloody Valentine, and they're right. Even some people that hate Good Charlotte like this song. Starting off with the sound of a thunderstorm, Joel soon comes in with some very morbid lyrics: "Oh my love, please don't cry. I'll wash these bloody hands and we'll start a new life." A string section is used extensively in this song, and it's done very tastefully. Another highlight is the bass playing from Paul. Though it's nothing spectacular, it is better than a lot of pop-punk bassists out there. This song is very dark, with lyrics about murdering a girl's boyfriend to win her for yourself. The song's only drawback is at the very end of the song when Joel yells "Tonight!" Joel's yelling doesn't sound good at all, and they could have come up with a better ending to the best song on the album, and one of my favorite songs of all time.

Hold On has received a lot of flak. It was one of the singles, and it was the only one that didn't suck. But once again, GC decided to shoot themselves in the foot by pairing the song with a sappy video. The lyrics are kind of boring and generic for an anti-suicide song, but apparently the band got a lot of letters from people saying that they were thinking about ending their lives, but didn't do it because of this song. I guess Good Charlotte has a lot more influence than some of us would like to admit. The Day That I Die is another somewhat morbid song. The lyrics describe someone that knows that they are going to die, and what they do on their last day. The vocals are quite good, especially during the chorus where Benji sings "The day that I die" under the chorus lyrics. There is also a solo in this song, which is actually pretty good for a pop-punk solo.

The title track, The Young and the Hopeless, is one of my favorites. Though the lyrics aren't that good, and there's no real musical standout, I still love it. The pre-chorus is killer, especially before the second chorus because of Joel and Benji's great harmonizing. The palm-muting in the intro and bridge, though incredibly simple, sounds very good. Emotionless is the second best song on the album. When they were young, Benji and Joel's father left their family. This is a subject that GC has used in many of their songs, including two on this album (this song and The Story of My Old Man, which doesn't pull it off quite as well as this song). The acoustics are pretty good, as well as the lyrics, and despite the depressing subject matter, they manage to make a somewhat uplifting song, especially the last chorus. This track has a sort of rising and falling feel to it. It starts off quiet and slow, then picks up for the chorus, then slows down again for the second verse, then builds up during the bridge, and then explodes for a final chorus before slowing down for a mellow ending.

Overall, Good Charlotte's widely hated second album, The Young and the Hopeless, isn't nearly as bad as it is made out to be. If you can look past the singles, you will find some real gems on this CD. In short, Good Charlotte make good pop-punk music. If you hate Good Charlotte, I definitely recommend checking out My Bloody Valentine or Emotionless.

4/5



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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

/patiently awaits flames and negs.

Activista anti-MTV
July 19th 2006


3146 Comments


[quote=review]But is all this hate warranted?[/quote]

Audioslave?

/Continues reading

oinkThis Message Edited On 08.14.06

Bron-Yr-Aur
July 19th 2006


4405 Comments


This review is an abomination against Christ.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is the first thing I've reviewed that has music on it made after the seventies, besides Hootie and the Blowfish.

This review is an abomination against Christ.

Heh.
This Message Edited On 07.19.06

Activista anti-MTV
July 19th 2006


3146 Comments


Can the other songs on this album really carry this album to a 4/5 rating?


Hatshepsut
July 19th 2006


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

GO CHAN!!
Good review.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can the other songs on this album really carry this album to a 4/5 rating?

I pondered that heavily when reviewing this. I think they do, because aside from the three songs I described in that one paragraph, the rest are quite good. The only one that falters is Riot Girl, but even that one isn't too too bad.

I was gonna give it a 3.5, but the other two reviews did, and that was a factor also, plus I liked the album more than them.

Hatshepsut
July 19th 2006


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Riot Girl is cool.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree, but definitely not as good as some of the other songs on here.

And thanks for the votes, guys.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It would be great if the front page would update for me and only for me.

south_of_heaven 11
July 19th 2006


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good Charlotte basically shot themselves in the foot with the songs

Hey, that's what I do instead of listening to this. Although 'My Bloody Valentine' did have some cool lyrics.
muhahaha. Nice work chan.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My Bloody Valentine owns everything ever in this world.

And also thanks for teh sexy vote.

south_of_heaven 11
July 19th 2006


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Vote, eh?
/begins to move mouse over to 'no'....

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

:upset:

iarescientists
July 19th 2006


5863 Comments


Good review. That took lots of balls.

Although, I agree with Pumppumpwee, according to what you said throughtout the reveiw, I don't believe your album rating is justified, but whatev, you're the reviewer.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks guys.

metallicaman8
July 19th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This review made me even more attracted to you.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

FUCK YOUThis Message Edited On 10.05.06

Shattered_Future
July 19th 2006


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I saw them LIVE when I was 12 or 13 years old. Go me.

As for this, I'm pretty sure I sold it, but crappy as this band has become, this album isn't as bad as people make it out to be. There's some catchy as hell stuff on here...and that's about it, I think. The catchiness saves this album from being completely abominable. Instead, it's just mediocre.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think if they chose My Bloody Valentine and Emotionless as the singles, that they wouldn't be so hated.

They really did kill their career with their single choices.



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