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The Chronicles of Life & Death (Life Art Version)



Heavy thoughts and angst, yet still having fun.

What parents need to know

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.

Not applicable

Two CDs with barely any difference in content!

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Families can talk 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

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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, but the problem is that bands like Good Charlotte show us that the media and MTV are still evil. Oh how this band pretends to be a punk and well they ain't no Clash and if you classify them as pop they ain't no Blur. They are mindless slaves to wage. Absolutely horrid, absolutely annoying, absolute trash. We all really should get a life and start listening to music where music still has passion and that would be indie artists (notice that I would call an indie musician an artist and I would never fathom calling anyone in Good Charlotte an artist) or music of the past.
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 the album, but it cant mach up 2 the first two. There is a lot of talk about death. and one song uses the word murder, another includes a few violent images (as do others on the album). Some words include a**, d*mn, and myb 1 h*ll. myb a few other minor words. Not to mention they'res like a 5 minute pause on the last song (that talks about bleedin after). My advise is to avoid this album and just listen 2 the first 2
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written bybleurgh April 9, 2008


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