Let me be the first to say that "The Chronicles of Life and Death" could have easily become the end of Good Charlotte. Alot of people thought it was, it would make sense. The Three Kings of New Millenium Punk Rock (Sum 41, and Blink 182 being the others) have all begun to disassemble, but with almost three years off the market, these guys have come back with another record.
But this is different. It's....good. Not mind blowing, but good.
I've never believed that Good Charlotte's image has matched their style, and this is the biggest problem I have with them right now. They dress like AFI or My Chemical Romance, but the sound they've put out here sounds like they're channeling elements of The Fray and The All American Rejects. This means that they're not punk, or emo, they're pop. But that's perfectly fine.
The single "The River" is the perfect track to entice listeners into checking out this CD, but be warned: not every song is like that. Some of the tracks are slow and positive, while few others dwell in the more darker side of this band.
I say good for the boys, they may have made the best possible comeback from one of the biggest mistake possible in their career. Let's hope they only get better.