Good Charlotte
The Young And The Hopeless


3.5
great

Review

by Jacob6293 USER (9 Reviews)
April 17th, 2006 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Good Charlotte started their career in a poor family, with Joel and Benji Madden (vocals, guitar) living with their mother. The two twins' main goal was to get a record deal and finally leave the crap-hole they were living in.

This was the first Good Charlotte album I ever bought. I tore open the plastic wrapping and popped it into my CD player. Here's what I thought of the album in track-by-track form:

A New Beginning: 5/5. Not really a "song", but it's awesome. The intro is a little jack-in-the-box tune, then the guitars blast in, and it gets heavier. The simple guitar riffs are very catchy, and there are many amazing keyboard effects to make this a great introduction to a great album.

The Anthem: 5/5. This song is calling out to all the kids in the world who dream of becoming famous, and Good Charlotte supports with verses about people telling them to go to college and get a good job, but the band ignores them and continues to follow their dream. Okay, so that was corny, but seriously, it's a good song.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: 4/5. This song is one of the best on the album. It was one their biggest hits ever, talking about how rude and wealthy celebrities really are. It's probably the band's biggest hit and overplayed song.

Wondering: 4/5. I've heard that this is actually about Benji's dog. It's pretty good, and the chorus is pretty cool. It's one of the catchiest on the album and a breath of fresh air from the overplayed hit before this.

The Story of My Old Man: 4/5. Even though this is fast-paced and a tiny bit rushed, this song is really sad if you actually listen to the lyrics. Joel sings about his and Benji's dad, and remembering baseball games and "I love you"s and "you will go far"s and then their dad runs off, leaving Joel, Benji and their unwealthy mother behind.

Girls and Boys: 2/5. A song about girls liking what boys have, but not boys themselves. Interesting and somewhat humorous. I find this song extremely boring and the lyrics are terrible at some points throughout the song.

My Bloody Valentine: 5/5. This song is catchy. Though it's somewhat violent at a few points in the song, like the first verse, opening with "I ripped out his throat..." and most of the song is about death. This is just about the heaviest song on the album. It's one of the best songs on the album and one of my favorites.

Hold On: 5/5. This is a very insprational song against suicide. Though the video is not very good (In the video, there are interruptions during the song with real people talking about how their loved ones commited suicide.), the song itself is one of my favorites, and it let me know that I still have a long time to live, so things might get better. Basically Good Charlotte's "Adam's Song". This song leaves you with one question: Why waste your entire life now"

Riot Girl: 3/5. This is a short song about some girl who's apparently crazy. It's super fast and bags on celebs. That's all I need in a song.

Say Anything: 2.5/5. I don't listen to this song much anymore, but when I first heard it, it was pretty cool. It's one of the worst on the album, but it has some alright lyrics and Joel's vocals have improved a bit from the last track.

The Day That I Die: 4/5. Benji's dog, Cashdogg, gets a mention in this song, so it's a great song. I'm not sure what the actual song is about, but the title apparently states that whoever wrote this is having some thoughts about death. But the lyrics are poorly written. Other than that it's a pretty good song.

The Young and the Hopeless: 5/5. Awesome intro, great verses, great chorus. The title track which works this time. It's fast(er) and it should give you some kind of stupid reason to like this album. You figure out the rest.

Emotionless: 5/5. This is a very soft song about Joel and Benji's dad leaving them. It's slow and mostly acoustic, so it's different from most GC songs, so it's good to have a little mix.

Movin' On: 4/5. I just love the intro on this song! The rest isn't all that great but Billy and Benji do some fine guitar work here. This song's slower but it works, and turns out to be an "a-okay" song.



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Neoteric
April 17th 2006


3243 Comments


The problem with TBTs is that a lot of users never really do them well. Sadly, this is the case here. I suggest you try a blurb and work your way up to a full overall review. Trust me, you'll get better with overall ;)

Jacob6293
April 17th 2006


125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what's a TBT?

Neoteric
April 17th 2006


3243 Comments


track by track

Jacob6293
April 17th 2006


125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh yeah i know i suck at track by tracks but i'm even worse at just a full paragraph.

This Message Edited On 04.17.06

Neoteric
April 17th 2006


3243 Comments


Are you going to try my recommendation? I'm just trying to help you improve.

Jacob6293
April 17th 2006


125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'll try. i have one blurb written already but there's no comments yet.



Neoteric
April 17th 2006


3243 Comments


I commented on it.

Electric City
Emeritus
April 17th 2006


15762 Comments


Oh man, prepare to die a fiery death, as in your If Only You Were Lonely review. GC sucks, and this review could be better.

Neoteric
April 17th 2006


3243 Comments


If you feel the need to write more TBTs then I suggest these things:
1) Comment on how the music is. Did you enjoy a particular guitar part? Mention it in the review!
2) Give an overall feel of the song. Is it dark? Is it fast? Tell us that.
3) Tell us about the lyrics but don't use that too much
4) Just give an opinion on it. What did you like about the song? What did you not like about the song?

Follow this for all the tracks and you'll have a pretty neat review and also, you don't need to put a rating at the end but you can if you want to.

If you'd like help with a review, just add my MSN or something (in my profile)This Message Edited On 04.17.06

Zesty Mordant
April 17th 2006


1196 Comments


I'm startin to feel real bad for this dude. If anything, try and make your next review not a track-by-track, but keep it short (like 3-4 paragraphs).
Also, think of it as a book report. Avoid personal ramblings and talk about WHY you like or dislike the songs/album. What does it remind you of? Can you hear any similarities to other bands?

BringHomeTheBacon
April 17th 2006


248 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm going to have to go with the common 1.5 rating here. Most of the songs on this album sound the same and it gets boring listening to it. "The Young and Hopeless" is a cool song though. Chronicles of life and Death > this

south_of_heaven 11
April 17th 2006


5494 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yea man, take the advice that Zesty Mordant gave you.

Just think of it as a school report: Things such as "I think this song is good" or "It's alright" get you an "F" while actually going into detail about the overall about the how they play (what the riffs are like; heavy, palm-muted, quick fills, etc) and how the vocals move the song along or if they dont, explain what he did wrong. That will get you an "A"

Just stick with it, you'll be fine in no time.

Digging: RAM - Rod

south_of_heaven 11
April 17th 2006


5494 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

hahaha thanks for letting me know, i was beginning to feel stupid cause i didnt know

Jacob6293
April 17th 2006


125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haven't you ever watched food network? (lol).

Drunken Viking
April 17th 2006


1023 Comments


I always thought it was kinda funney that GC were ripping on wealthy celebs for being to wealthy and rude, when they are really wealthy and from the interviews I've read, rude.

Shattered_Future
April 17th 2006


1557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dude, stop fucking spamming. People will come if you stop acting like an ass with no ass.



As for this band, I really liked them a few years ago...enough to go see them live. I personally think they aren't as bad as people make them out to be...granted, a good portion of their stuff sounds the same, and none of it showcases technical ability, but there are a few songs that are catchy and fun. Granted, I haven't listened to this band in a while (I think I sold all the stuff I had by them), but they had their moments.



They put on a pretty good show as well...got the crowd into it, moving, whatnot. At the time, they were very entertaining to watch.

south_of_heaven 11
April 17th 2006


5494 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

whoa, punkrawker dude...chill the f out man

you dont need like 10 comments in a row on something, just edit, and add more.

I forgot that I actually had this cd in 7th grade. I gave it to my friend a week later, cause I didnt really like it. Then he gave it to someone else that I knew, and it ended up being thrown into a pool...

UBIK
April 17th 2006


75 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I was lucky, I went to Edgefest where GC was the closing band and therefore able to leave before everyone else and not miss any of the bands I wanted to see, though having to endure the gaggle of 12 year old GC fans sitting in the seats directly in front of mine. I have yet to discover what was restraining me from driving my foot into the base of their skulls'.

pattern_recognition
April 17th 2006


950 Comments


You're getting better at writing reviews dude, but take everybody's advice and you'll get even better. Good effort anyway.
Anyway, I detest GC.
But they're still better than Hawthorne Heights.
*wink*

Catula
April 17th 2006


21 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I used to like Good Charlotte, until Dream Theater made way, however though, some of these songs were over rated and under rated... Although, the CD isn't so bad to me...



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