The Chronicles of Life & Death (Death Art Version)

Common Sense Media says

Interesting and evocative, but one CD is enough.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some dark social commentary, all too appropriate for our times.


Lots of death imagery, in kind of a Halloween-spooky way.


Sophisticated relationship themes, but nothing explicit.

Not applicable

TWO practically identical CDs!

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Nothing obvious.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Good Charlotte 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.

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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 and collectors, of course, will 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) or \"So this is it/this is my life/it's ending tonight...whoa, it's alright\" on the \"Death\" bonus track.

Is it any good?


Over all, the lyrics of The Chronicles of Life and Death reveal some deeper thought about big issues, and will be appreciated more by thoughtful teens than by younger kids. The music is performed with vibrant immediacy, and the Madden brothers, Good Charlotte's centerpiece, turn in terrific performances. If angst-filled posturing comes with the territory, so what? Somehow everyone still sounds as though they're having fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether they think this double-album is a clever idea or a rip-off.

Music details

Artist:Good Charlotte
Release date:October 5, 2004
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byKayleann18 October 24, 2012

Good Charlotte is still my favorite band

I got this CD when I was 5 and i like it but the young and the hopeless is better. There is really nothing bad in this CD.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

New and Improved

On Good Charlotte's third album, the band continues to blend styles such as rock, pop, punk, and hip hop. There are even some electronic, almost techno, dancy parts this time around. The lyrics are still fairly simple and straightforward, not very offensive. Instead of leaning towards the sound of Green Day as they have in the past, Good Charlotte appear to have been listeing to more The Cure and Morrisey lately. This album finds Good Charlotte with their catchiest songs to date, as well as improved vocal stylings by lead singer Joel and his twin Benji, who sings backup and is one of the bands two guitarists ( the other one is Billy). Bassist Paul and new drummer Chris create the tighest rhythm section that this band has had yet. Highlights include the infectious second single "I Just Wanna Live," the surprising piano driven "The Truth," and the seemingly anti-war track "In This World (Murder)."
Teen, 16 years old Written bygeekoftheband April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

it was odd...

I wasn't really sure about this album. It seemed kind of spooky instead of rockin'. I didn't really listen to it much...although I have it. The song 'I just wanna live' is the best and the catchiest and most advertised. Overall this was an okay CD, they've done better though. (Some people might like the darkness, but I just wasn't feeling it...)


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