Hey there! Today I was listening to the album 'The Young and the Hopeless' by Good Charlotte and I realized that it's been a long while since I last posted a review of an album, and I thought that it might be cool to write a review of this album.
First of all, I'll talk a little bit about the band in case you don't know them for you to get to know about them. Good Charlotte is a pop-punk/alternative rock band from Waldorf, Maryland (US). The band was formed in 1995 and is currently on a hiatus. The band is currenltly formed by the twins Joel (vocals) and Benji Madden (guitar and vocals), Paul Thomas (bass), Billy Martin (guitar) and Dean Butterworth (drums). They're released five albums, and this one I'm talking about is the second one.
This album was released in 2002, the 1st October. All the songs of it were written by Joel and Benji Madden, except 'The Anthem' (which was also written by John Feldman) and 'A New Beginning' (which was written by Benji Madden and Eric Valentine). The music style of this album is a pop-punk/punk rock style. The album has five singles: 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous', 'The Anthem', 'Girls & Boys', 'The Young & the Hopeless' and 'Hold On'.
The album was released with the label "Epic Records", which is part of Sony Music, and the album is similar in some ways to the first album, but, in my opinion, is better.
Now it's time to the 'track by track':
- A New Beginning: the first track of the album is an instrumental song, and the only instrumental song of the album. It's a good way to start the album and to introduce the song that comes next.
- The Anthem: this song follows amazingly the "punk spirit", not only with the rhythm and the instrumental, the lyrics about being different, about being yourself, and not being a"trend" mixed with a video that fits is perfectly make an amazing punk song. I talked about this song here: http://bandskeepalive.blogspot.com.es/2014/09/do-you-really-wanna-be-like-them.html.
- Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: the third track follows a similar music style than the second one, and a really good one. The lyrics are about famous people, and about how they complain about everything and, in the end, they wouldn't survive or wouldn't stand it to live like "normal people" for a week, or even for a day. I find the lyrics pretty accurate.
- Wondering: the music style is similar in this song aswell, but the instrumental is pretty different at the same time (that's not something bad, the instrumental is cool). The lyrics are pretty different though. Well, they're about love and talking about the feelings towards someone they're in love.
- The Story Of My Old Man: this song, besides having an amazing instrumental, it's got a deep meaning. I'm not saying the other ones didn't. The song is about Joel and Benji's father, who left his family leaving their mother alone with four children and is warning people with a father like them not to end up like their fathers.
- Girls & Boys: this is the most "pop" song of the album, but, even though the song says "not funny", for me is the funniest one. In the lyrics they talk about girls and it's like a critic of the fact that they say girls like cars and money. For me, it's a rad song, and the video is really funny.
- My Bloody Valentine: this song comes back to a similar music style as the other songs, and the lyrics are about a murder for love.
- Hold On: this is my favorite song from the album, and my favorite one of this band. The instrumental of this song is quieter, I'd consider it a rock ballad. The lyrics are really powerful, deep and emotional. It's about hope, and about not giving up, and a suicide prevention song with a suicide prevention video. I'd like to talk about this song in a post soon, so stay tuned for that!
- Riot Girl: this song comes again with a pop punk style and a pretty nice instrumental. The lyrics are about a pretty rebelious girl, which happens to be his girl as the lyrics say.
- Say Anything: this song is one of the quietest songs of the album, and I would almost consider it an acoustic song. It's an emotional song about friendship and how it can change and how things can really change between two friends.
- The Day That I Die: the instrumental and rhythm of this song is quieter than the other songs but faster than the one of 'Say Anything'. The lyrics of the song are basically a suicide note. One thing different in this song than the others is that Benji Madden sings lead vocals and Joel Madden sings back-up vocals.
- The Young and the Hopeless: this track comes back with the punk rock style and with a fast rhythm that will make you want to jump. The lyrics are really cool, and are about being lost, being wrong, being young, being hopeless, being troublesome, and after all that, getting up and trying to win even though it's you against this world.
- Emotionless: this is an acoustic song, and although the title says otherwise, the song is definitely full of emotion. The lyrics are about Joel and Benji's dad again, and it's like a letter to him, to tell him how life has been for them since he left, how hard it was for them to go on since he left, and how they're okay.
- Movin' On: againg Good Charlotte come back with the pop punk style with an amazing instrumental. The lyrics are about life itself, about the feelings of life and all that.
So this was 'The Young and the Hopeless' review, I hope you liked it, and I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Let me know below in the comments your thoughts of it, and thanks for reading :)
Below I'm posting a video of the first single of the album: "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" so you can give it a listen: