Good Charlotte - The Young and the Hopeless (Cover Artwork)

Good Charlotte

The Young and the Hopeless (2002)


Somebody had to do it, and that somebody is me.

Good Charlotte, the very poppy band that dresses hardcore with no limits, has just released their sophomore album, The Young and the Hopless. Swarming MTV's TRL is their first single off of the album entitled "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," which in aspect is not a horrible song. BUT, the video is the worst, most cheesy, piece of crap I have ever seen in my entire life; and don't even get me started with the lyrics.

Now, from what you have read above you may think I am one who does not like Good Charlotte, when in reality I do. I think they are a fun band to listen to and they do what they do quite well. Their debut CD was great, I listened to it all the time, blasting every song on it in my car never skipping over a single track. On the contrary, the new release has some good songs, and some very bad ones as well. The worst song on the album has to be #6, "Girls & Boys," which has horrible music and grotesque lyrics. Here is an example...

"Girls don't like boys, Girls like cars and money. Boys will laugh at girls when they're not funny. (**here is the funniest part**) Paper, or Plastic, don't matter, she'll have it."

That is just a taste of what the lyrics are like on the cd. They are full of teenage angst and about Benji and Joel's dad, "The Story of My Old Man." The two best songs on the CD are "The Anthem" and "My Bloody Valentine." Everything else is just plain decent.

In the end, this is a CD you should only pick up if you like Good Charlotte, and trust me, all of you have already made your minds up a long time ago. One more thing, the vocals on this disc are a little different than their last CD, because Joel doesn't sing in his "rappy" sort fo way he did before, it is much more slowed down and just the trendy old pop punk style. You all get the picture.