Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. A giant leap forward--in instrumental prowess, and in emotional and melodic scope. [8 Oct 2004, p.113]
  2. Pulling off the tricky balancing act of aiming for mainstream success while keeping one's street cred intact, songs like "Ghost of You" and "Predictable" abandon the band's mall-rat roots in exchange for more mature influences like U2 and Muse.
  3. For all their well-crafted ambition on Chronicles, "I Just Wanna Live" feels like Good Charlotte's centerpiece, since it's spiked with rock power, but gets its soul from the pop life they lead.
  4. The band takes its proven peppy rock sound to new heights.
  5. 67
    It's hard to know if Madden's complaints seem so tame because the band's music is less zippy, or whether he's just taking the easiest path to the teen masses. [Nov 2004, p.109]
  6. The band never quite escapes its proven pop formula or simple tales of angst. [10 Oct 2004]
  7. Their musical gifts haven’t left them... and their overwrought yet empathetic lyrics signify that their bandwagon jumping is misguided rather than crass.
  8. 60
    Welcome to tonight's Very Special Episode of pop-punk. [Nov 2004, p.130]
  9. Good Charlotte have obviously put a lot of effort and imagination into Chronicles, and if it comes off as slightly awkward in parts, well, isn't that part of growing up? [Nov 2004, p.135]
  10. Good Charlotte have hooks for days and the fun, gloomy Life and Death sounds like a moody missing link between Fountains of Wayne and Thrice.
  11. Beyond some rich-and-famous irony, not a single suburban detail soils an hour of good intentions. And you know the music overreaches too.
  12. It's nothing if not ambitious... [but] they simply don't have the depth, or the authority, to pull it off. [Dec 2004, p.143]
  13. They falter by attempting to stray from the formula they've mastered. [28 Oct 2004, p.100]
  14. Good Charlotte's confessionals are typical teenage moans, and their music second-hand Green Day.
  15. The disc is full of ham-fisted experiments. [11 Oct 2004]
  16. Half the time, Good Charlotte sound like Blink-182 after the snip, the other half they sound like the Backstreet Boys without the songs. [16 Oct 2004, p.48]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 107 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 87
  2. Negative: 24 out of 87
  1. Apr 1, 2013
    Although something of a cliché from rock bands (i.e. get famous but fame isn't everything album), this is an impressive album from GC. The vocals are no longer whiney and the instrumentation from Billy Martin is impressive. The lyrics deal with death and fame a boring concept, but Joel Madden's improved vocals deliver the lines perfectly. A surprisingly good record from a band you wouldn't expect. Full Review »
  2. May 6, 2011
    I grew up with GC. I love them. This cd is my childhood. It's there best cd and they will never come abck to this stuff again. They just won't. This cd is deep and sad. it's a beautiful album and i will not stop loving it. No matter what GC is today. Full Review »