Album Review: The Chronicles Of Life And Death by Good Charlotte
Acceptable, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 70 Based on rating 7/10
Good Charlotte's popularity exploded in 2002, when the brash singles "Anthem" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous" catapulted them to the top of the punk-pop heap. Once there they couldn't be stopped, at least in part because they endorsed their pop side as much as their punk-derived image. When naysayers tried pointing out the music's lack of substance, Charlotte's irascible core -- tattooed brothers Benji and Joel Madden -- challenged them with the issue of "Boys and Girls," a vacuous yet irresistibly fizzy new wave-styled goof.
It looks like even success can't bring a smile to the self-hating Madden Brothers. Following on from their last album, The Young and the Hopeless, the kings of angst-pop, Joel and Benji, delve deeper into their tortured psyche while striving to be taken seriously. Punk-pop rhythms crash into string sections, empathy clashes with loathing. But Good Charlotte's confessionals are typical teenage moans, and their music second-hand Green Day.