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Not So Good, Charlotte
on October 2, 2004
I listened to the CD (...), and I was severely dissapointed.
As song writers, Good Charlotte have not made any progress, and actually seemed to digress, with songs so simple that a two year old would understand them. In Good Charlotte's earlier offerings that was exceptable, but by know, with all the money in the world, you just have to think that these guys would be happy, and that maybe they could move on from problems they face when they were 15, and onto more important issues in the world, like we've seen from so many other punk rock bands recently, like Green Day for example.
The songs themself leave much to be desired. Most of them follow the same ideas as other Good Charlotte songs, but this CD seems to have turned everything more "poppish," and not nescessarily in a good way, as I've liked some "pop punk" in the past, but I draw the line when punk rockers are hitting high notes like the Backstreet Boys.
Personally, I only enjoyed two songs on the CD, "Predictable" the first single, and "The Truth." Like the rest of the CD, they are about the same things we've heard from Good Charlotte a million times, but on these things they seem to either try something new musically, in "Predictable" or vocally, in "The Truth," but do so succesfully and emotionally, unlike some other attempts.
There are a few other listenable songs on the album, such as "Underneath This Smile" and "We Believe" but as you can tell from the titles, they are definitely something you've heard before.
If you are a big Good Charlotte fan, well, you're going to like this CD regardless. If not, then I suggest you just wait for the singles on the radio, as most of the CD is filled with filler in between a couple of good songs.