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First Spin: Good Charlotte – Cardiology

October 27th, 2010

Need to know: Taking their name from the children’s book Good Charlotte: The Girls of Good Day Orphanage, identical twins Benji and Joel Madden formed Good Charlotte in 1996 in their hometown of Waldorf, Maryland. In 2000 the band released their first album, a self-titled disk that contained the their first singles Little Things, Motivation Proclamation and Festival Song, three songs that long-time fans often consider some of the bands strongest work. The songs made a small impact on the chart, but it was the single Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous from the band’s 2002 release The Young and the Hopeless that cemented GC in the pop-punk genre heavyweight division. Good Charlotte have maintained their loyal following through two more albums, line up changes and very public relationships from both of the Madden brothers.

In 100 words or so: Fans and critics waited with a hesitant optimism for Cardiology after GC announced in August 2009 that although the album was complete, they were scrapping all recordings and starting over. The fifth album from Good Charlotte shows an insightful, optimistic and more mature band than previous albums. With the first single, Like It’s Her Birthday, GC return to the upbeat party anthem that has been missing from the bands last two albums. Since 2007’s Good Morning Revival, lead singer Joel Madden has become a first-time parent with his partner Nicole Richie, a life change that makes its way into many of the bands songs. While the vocal strength of the Madden brothers has never been great, the band has carved a unique sound that continues to grow on Cardiology. Although many of the tracks could have easily been found on any of the bands previous albums, songs like Standing Ovation show flexibility in the members musicianship, making them not just a one trick pony.

Best Tracks: Like It’s Her Birthday, Silver Screen Romance, Last Night

RIYL: 3OH!3, These Kids Wear Crowns, Blink-182, Stereos

Rating: 6/10

Buy, Download, Steal, or Don’t Bother: Steal

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