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Album Review

Good Charlotte's The Young and the Hopeless is punk-pop déjà vu. Rehashing worn clichés aplenty on each track, cuts such as "The Anthem" emerge exactly as the title overtly implies: a high-velocity, guitar-driven reason to lash out against the usual growing pains inflicted by parental authority and high-school drama. Grafting the widely recognizable drum motif from Iggy Pop's infamous "Lust for Life," "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" is downright predictable, while offerings including "Boys and Girls," "Day That I Die," and "Moving On" are strictly paint-by-numbers rockers sans personality. However, "Emotionless," a shoegazing ballad with a clever orchestral backdrop, stands as the sole moment of truth. An album title that clearly reflects the content; stick with bands such as Green Day if radio-ready punk-pop is your preference.

Customer Reviews

holy crap

I can't even tell you how much this cd used to mean to me. It literally got me through the 7th and 8th grade, when it first came out. I'm a freshman in college now and I haven't listened to it in at least a few years, but I decided to put it on for old times sake. I still remember most of the words and remembering how much I used to love this cd makes me actually still really like it. Sure, Joel isn't the best lyricist, and Billy and Benji aren't the best guitarists, and it certainly isn't original by any means, but it was something I could relate to back then, and it's still a great cd. If pop punk is your game and you somehow haven't discovered this cd until now, you should definitely pick it up.


This band has incredible sense of good taste and a great way of creating songs that stick in your head all day, trying to think about about its meaning. I suggest that you buy the entire album! My personal favorite is The Anthem, I highly recommend it if you're just buying one or two songs. oh, and first review :]


Love their music, love this album. Need i say more. Buy it. Its totally wirth the money.


Formed: April, 1995 in Waldorf, MD

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

East Coast post-grunge/pop-punk outfit Good Charlotte was founded in 1996 by identical brothers Joel and Benji Madden. Inspired by a Beastie Boys performance on their 1995 Ill Communication tour, the Maddens enlisted the help of several high-school classmates in assembling a band that combined the energetic elements spawned from '70s punk with the sentimental ballads of mainstream corporate rock. Good Charlotte was soon formed, with Joel Madden handling lead vocals and Benji Madden playing lead guitar....
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