The Chronicles of Life & Death (Life Art Version)

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Heavy thoughts and angst, yet still having fun.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Some of the imagery might be unsettling to less mature (younger) teens.


Blood and death imagery, as affectation.


Sophisticated relationship stuff, but nothing explicit.


Two CDs with barely any difference in content!

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Too bad it's not their death...

Can't we play good bands on the radio anymore? The answer is yes and that is why we have bands such as Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, bu... Continue reading
Adult Written bybleurgh April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written bybradley4846 October 21, 2009

Not there Best

This album is sorta boring (compared to there first 2). They're not singing about real things in this one (unlike first 2). There are a few good songs on t... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bywalkmima April 9, 2008
This CD was good. There was no sex-related songs, but it was kinda violent, one of the songs is titled murder, but is not to violent just iffy (a 7 yeasr old sh... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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.

Music details

  • Artist: Good Charlotte
  • Release date: October 5, 2004
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Punk Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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