What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this band gets to the heart of the matter with graphic (but PG-rated) imagery. Some fans might find it irritating that there are two versions of this CD, with the only variation being the bonus track.
What's the story?
Good Charlotte joins the ranks of bands releasing two CDs simultaneously with THE CHRONICLES OF LIFE AND DEATH, with the only differentiation being the cover art and a bonus track. True-blue fans will of course have to buy both. After a ponderous beginning that includes orchestral strings, choral singing, and church bells, the band settles into a collection of energetic punk-pop, with more sophisticated themes than on previous albums. Imagery is graphic, though PG-rated, with lyrics like "You come in cold/you're covered in blood/they're all so happy you've arrived/the doctor cuts your cord/hands you to your mom/she sets you free into this life" (on the title song).
Is it any good?
Over all, the lyrics reveal some deeper thought about big issues, and will be appreciated more by thoughtful teens than by younger kids, who might find some of the very visual songwriting disturbing. The music is performed with vibrant immediacy, and the Madden brothers, the centerpiece of Good Charlotte, turn in terrific performances. If angst-filled posturing seems to come with the territory, so what? Somehow everyone still sounds as though they're having fun.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about the use of different orchestrial sounds in music. What feelings do church bells or choral singing evoke in music? Parents can also ask their kids if they think putting out two almost identical albums at the same time is a clever idea or a rip-off.