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Generally favorable reviews- based on 108 Ratings

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  • Summary: The twentysomething pop-punkers attempt to move past their past TRL success with a more mature follow-up to 2002's 'Young And The Hopeless.'
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. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 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]
  5. Beyond some rich-and-famous irony, not a single suburban detail soils an hour of good intentions. And you know the music overreaches too.
  6. They falter by attempting to stray from the formula they've mastered. [28 Oct 2004, p.100]
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 87
  2. Negative: 24 out of 87
  1. May 6, 2011
    9
    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. Expand
  2. Apr 1, 2013
    8
    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. Expand

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