• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Mar 27, 2007
Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Whatever snotty humor they once had has calcified into smug sanctimony, rendering this a slick, stylized, stiff affair whose brief signs of life... only put the shortcomings of the rest of this turgid mess in stultifying relief.
  2. Good Charlotte have become caricatures of themselves. [Apr 2007, p.175]
  3. Their multiple piercings, shaved heads, and abundant tattoos have them labeled a punk band, but on [Revival], Good Charlotte... fall much more under the umbrella of 1970s arena rock and mainstream ballads.
  4. An album that proves being rich and famous doesn't always blunt a band's creative appetite. [31 Mar 2007]
  5. 60
    13 tracks of Disney-channel-ready pop, buffed and Pro-Tooled almost beyond recognition--and it's not half bad. [Apr 2007, p.111]
  6. The problem is that for all the slick operations and glorious machinations of the marketing and production, this band has run out of steam; soulless without being undead.
  7. You know what you're getting with Good Charlotte, and while it's all very well and respectable to make shapes on the dance floor to one of their tunes after several pints, buying this album is both pointless and foolish. It's a pop album; just burn the singles if you must.
  8. Their cannily constructed songs won't change anyone's life, but they sound good enough to almost convince you they mean something.
  9. A perfectly functional album of loud guitars, ain’t life a bitch lyrics and the odd nod to different production styles and techniques.
  10. Vile, goth-jock pop with all the wit and nuance of a urine-soaked sock.
  11. After years and years of hating every ounce of Maryland's mall-punk icons Good Charlotte, it seems now that the actual trick to enjoying their music on any plausible level is to go into the whole thing with absolutely no expectations. Not even low expectations. Nothing.
  12. It's all doom and gloom, and it ain't pretty. [May 2007, p.125]
  13. Another album that gets further away from the band's core appeal.
  14. 60
    There are a few clunky dance tracks... but it's Madden's search for love in the L.A. wasteland that gives Revival a certain charm. [Mar 2007, p.86]
  15. The production quality is a crowning grace throughout the album in the face of some very dodgy writing and bad musical choices.
  16. A fourth album of stunning fatuousness.
  17. A mystifyingly inept CD that includes some of the worst lyrics you will — or, with any luck, won’t — hear all year. [26 Mar 2007]
  18. 60
    Gimmicky moments are plentiful, but it's the box-fresh pop songs like "Misery" and "The River" that benefit most from their renewed sense of purpose. [Apr 2007, p.100]
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 117 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 69
  2. Negative: 33 out of 69
  1. Apr 6, 2011
    10
    Yes very fun album and great melody i believe this is one of their best, DFA really great song and the River very great singles . funYes very fun album and great melody i believe this is one of their best, DFA really great song and the River very great singles . fun energetic great vocals from JOel himself overall a cohesive album and i cant believe also for the reviews this one is even better than Cardiology Full Review »
  2. Dec 22, 2013
    3
    For all the good albums released in 2007, there were two dissappointments, Linkin Park's Minutes To Midnight and this. The lyrics areFor all the good albums released in 2007, there were two dissappointments, Linkin Park's Minutes To Midnight and this. The lyrics are poorly-written and the sound feels more like pop than pop punk. If you like it, that's fine. Full Review »
  3. Apr 1, 2013
    3
    Good Charlotte have once again become a rock band cliché by including electronic influences into their music like Radiohead and U2 beforeGood Charlotte have once again become a rock band cliché by including electronic influences into their music like Radiohead and U2 before them. The only difference here is that the songs are dull with lyrics about fame and how shallow the band members lives are. Even with a cameo from Avenged Sevenfold (which is wasted) this is an album that can't be saved except by burning it. Full Review »