This hasn’t been a good year for band’s that enjoyed any kind of success in the late nineties. This hasn’t been a year for any band that’s been around longer than 10 years really. Of course there’s exceptions, there’s always exceptions. It just doesn’t apply for Good Charlotte.
The new album is called “Good Morning Revival” and it’s out now on Epic Records. And as a whole it’s not that great. Most of these songs are technoesque dance tracks that can probably be played alongside Hilary Duff’s new album. Yikes. Low points on the album include “Dance Floor Anthem”, a track about … nothing, with a techno no beat. Following up “Dance Floor Anthem” is “Keep Your Hands Off My Girl”, which might win this year’s worst song award. It’s so incredibly bad, I stepped in it. Other parts that are just as bad as “Dance Floor Anthem” include “Where Would We Be Now”, and “Beautiful Place.”
There are a couple of cool spots on the album though. Track 2 “Misery” is a decent song. The single “The River” featuring M. Shadows and Synyster Gates is by far the best song on this album, and “Broken Heart Parade” coming in at track number 12 incorporate some cool horns.
I know I’ve said this a lot, but after being around for so long a band is supposed to progress, not regress. It feels like most of this album is about breaking up with Hilary Duff, it might not be, but I’m not exactly going to analyze the lyrics either. Ultimately this is a low point for Good Charlotte. They can write good songs, they can write catchy songs, but this whole album should have been as good as “The River”, instead it comes off as highly immature. Two stars out of five, mainly because it might be too immature for Lizzy McGuire. Bummer.