Good Charlotte - Youth Authority
Replay Value7.5
We Liked...
  • Catchy lyrics and sing-a-long tunes
  • The unmistakable 'Good Charlotte' sound that we've missed so much
We Didn't Like...
  • The collaborations - what did they really add to the album?
7Overall Score
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The pressure was on. Good Charlotte had officially returned from their four-year hiatus and were releasing an album. With their loyal fan base still waiting patiently, and a support slot on All Time Low’s Future Hearts tour planned, all that was left the highly anticipated album. But despite the overall excitement for the release, there still remained the question of whether it would live up to the standards of their earlier material.

But with upbeat opening track, the album immediately proves that Good Charlotte would stay true to their old style and deliver what was expected to their fans. ‘Life Changes’ touches on the familiar theme of life in public eye and fame that they have so often covered before. The other singles are a good example of the various styles that range across the album, including the humorous commentary on the changes in their sector of the music industry since their heyday in ‘40oz Dream.’ On the other end of the spectrum, ‘Life Can’t Get Much Better’ demonstrates the more laid back style the band are equally well-known for, and is reminiscent of earlier songs spanning the length of their career, including ‘The Motivation Proclamation’, ‘The Truth’ and ‘1979’.

‘Youth Authority’ also boasts guest appearances from Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil and Kellin Quinn from Pierce the Veil. Unfortunately, neither track is a particular stand out on the album, although ‘Reason to Stay feat. Simon Neil’ does share a similar vibe to recent releases from other pop-punk legends, such as Blink 182’s ‘California’ and ‘Neighborhoods’ and New Found Glory’s ‘Reserrection’.

Stand out tracks of the album include ‘Cars Full of People’; another chilled out nod towards their earlier work, as well as providing a perfect addition to a summer playlist, since the album was released in July. Also, ‘The Outfield’ acts as the ultimate throwback to the band’s second album of 2002 with the lyrics “we were the young and hopeless, we were the broken youth” in the feel good, sing along chorus which once again reflects their reoccurring stories of their childhood and parent’s separation

Musically, the ‘Youth Authority’ doesn’t stray far from the previous Good Charlotte albums, and even central track ‘Stick to Your Guns’ is a throwback to their earlier string-based album openers and interludes. Overall, the album is well paced, containing upbeat anthems whilst interspersed with slower, lighters-out-at-the-concert worthy tracks. This diversity makes for an enjoyable listening experience and keeps listening for more.


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