Album Review

Good Charlotte's The Young and the Hopeless is punk-pop déjà vu. Rehashing worn clichés aplenty on each track, cuts such as "The Anthem" emerge exactly as the title overtly implies: a high-velocity, guitar-driven reason to lash out against the usual growing pains inflicted by parental authority and high-school drama. Grafting the widely recognizable drum motif from Iggy Pop's infamous "Lust for Life," "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" is downright predictable, while offerings including "Boys and Girls," "Day That I Die," and "Moving On" are strictly paint-by-numbers rockers sans personality. However, "Emotionless," a shoegazing ballad with a clever orchestral backdrop, stands as the sole moment of truth. An album title that clearly reflects the content; stick with bands such as Green Day if radio-ready punk-pop is your preference.
Tom Semioli, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. A New Beginning
  2. The Anthem
  3. Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous
  4. Wondering
  5. The Story of My Old Man
  6. Girls & Boys
  7. My Bloody Valentine
  8. Hold On
  9. Riot Girl
  10. Say Anything
  11. The Day That I Die
  12. The Young & Hopeless
  13. Emotionless
  14. Movin' On