Review: Good Charlotte stick to their guns with ‘Youth Authority’!

Good Charlotte – ‘Youth Authority’ – 15/07/16



Here comes the Album, throw all your hands up…

Its been 6 Years since their last release, but Good Charlotte are back and it’s as if no time has passed at all. ‘Youth Authority‘ is the 6th studio album by the Maryland quintet featuring lead track Makeshift Love. This album throws you straight in at the deep end with an instant anthem typical of the bands trademark sound. Power chords, huge pounding drums, double, triple, quadruple tracked vocals and stadium sized choruses, these songs contain the right balance of nostalgia and party with that feeling of summer and youth throughout.

Struggling to find something bad to say about the album – Even the main ballad of the album “Reason to Stay” is saved from a trip to cheeseville by a guest vocal from scotlands finest Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro), making it one of the albums strongest songs. Most tracks fall into the typical four chord pop formula, so more of a change on that front would have been nice to hear. Over compressed drums and guitars make for a pretty limited dynamic change throughout the album, however it still sounds like classic good Charlotte – so t’s kind of nice to see they’ve stayed consistent with their sound. Veteran Good Charlotte fans can rest easy knowing that the Madden Brothers and Co have found their old sound and rolled with it.

If it ain’t broke – Don’t Fix it I guess… Good melodies, Good vibes, Good effort Good Charlotte.


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Danny Peart
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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