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The Best Album Of The Year,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Young And The Hopeless (Audio CD)
I first heard Good Charlotte last year + they have been ruling my CD player ever since. Good Charlotte is made up of identical twins, Joel and Benji, Billy, and Paul. They took their name from a childrens book, when they started playing about 8 years ago. This band has been (+ still is) massive in the US. It will only be a matter of time, until they are just as big here!
'The Young and the Hopeless' is a very different sound to GC's first album, but is definitely a good improvement! All of the songs on the album are great, which makes it really hard to pick a favourite!
'A New Beginning' - Pretty good, but being purely instumental, doesn't make it a catchy one that you remember. However, it shows off some wicked drum beats and guitar skills.
'The Anthem' - GC's next single is great (but not quite as good as Lifestyles!) It shows a defiant attitude, against sticking with the 'system'and following the crowd!
'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' - Their 1st UK single - with an entertaining (+ v good) video. Makes a sarcastuc attack at all of those complaining celebrities. Fast + lively with a v catchy melody. Love the bit 'do you know when you're famous she can kill your wife + there's no such thing as 25 to life!'
'Wondering' - Great follow up to Lifestyles + definitely one of the best tracks.
'My Old Man' - Not the best track, but still good. About the twins' dad, which gives the song more of a 'worthwhile' feel, which some of the music in the rock/punk scene could do with.
'Girls & Boys' - V funny track - 'girls don't like boys, girls like cars and money' is the main line - true? - you decide. This song takes a dig at girls + their real motives for liking boys!
'Bloody Valentine' - One of my favourites. It wasn't until about the 50th listen, that I finally understood what the song was about! V funny take on what you could do if you get too jealous of the boyfriend of the girl you like.
'Hold On' - Definitely one of my top few. Starts calm, and laid back, but gets onto a wicked chorus.
'Riot Girl' - Pretty funny - about a girl who 'Christina would really wanna meet'. Doesn't have the best melody of the album - it's still pretty good!
'Say Anything' - More of a ballad, but still fairly upbeat. Great when you're in a tired, laid back mood!
'The Day That I Die' - Hilariously optimitic view of dying! One of my original favourites, that caught my attention. Very sarcastic take on the subject!
'The Young and the Hopeless' - Probably the best track of the album. Sums up all of what GC are about - singing about stuff, questions and feelings which affects ordinary kids. 'if I stumble and I fall, should I get up and carry on?'. Great melody, bass riff and beat.
'Emotionless' - Another favourite. Very heartfelt - a personal message from the band's twins, to their dad. A ballad, but v emotional (pretty ironic)with a georgeous melody.
'Moving On' - Fantastic too!! (no surprises there!) Love the start, with the the guitar intro, then the great drum beat + the start of the lyrics. Another great song, that sings about something other than girls.
This album is a fab album, which if you like life NFG, Blink 182, Sum 41, etc, you must have! The ongoing debate of whether GC is punk or not does not affect the wicked music which they make. What does it matter if they are rock, punk or pop,if the music is good? England has been waiting for a long time, for this East-Coast quartet to hit its shores + now that it's arrived, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!!!
(If you like this album, try out GC's first alblum, 'Good Charlotte'. Quite a different sound, which takes a bit of getting used to, but once you do, you'll love just as much as you like TYATH)