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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. peggyl
    Dec 16, 2004
    OMG... i just can´t take the freakin´people who don´t like GC!!!the CD is soooooo cool (hells yeah guys u did a great job again!) it rox specialy mountain n s.o.s. n walk away n of course predictable! Expand
  2. MarieC
    Apr 17, 2005
    I love the feeling each song portrays. They go from depressingly sad, to deleriously happy, and then to really mature. Good Charlotte is so awesome. Joel looks so cute and then when you add in his compassion for animals, it makes him all the cuter! I love the whole band, though. They're all so different ,yet all so alike. Expand
  3. Anika-
    May 6, 2006
  4. GreenDayFan
    Jul 7, 2005
    I enjoyed thier new album The Chronicles of Life and Death. It shows great depth and insight which have not been seen before. To those who nay sayers who think that these young man are not a true punk band, well they clearly didnt listen to the CD very carefully. I think thier sound is very unique and have been a fan since they emerged with thier first album The Young and Hopeless and enjoy their imaginative and ecclectic styles. I also think bands like green day, good charlotte, and others a breath of fresh air in this time which is heavily rule d by single "artists" which populates the Pop genre. Expand
  5. AC
    Dec 12, 2004
    Takes quite a while to get into ... but once you do its really good, not their best album but still wicked !!
  6. BenjaminH
    Nov 29, 2004
    Good Charlotte attempts to be more mature, but falls flat on their face. The Chronicles of Life and Death sounds like N'Sync, Marilyn Manson, and Simple Plan did a collaboration album with a guest appearance by 50 Cent and they all stayed up late watching Harry Potter at night for inspiration. The musical experimentation on this album just DOES NOT WORK. The best way to describe it would be calling it Gothic Emo New Wave. It just sucks. Expand
  7. Randeh
    Oct 11, 2004
    This is utterly, the shit, and I mean that in the worst possible way

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