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Pop/Rock - Released October 4, 2002 | Epic - Daylight

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Pop/Rock - Released November 12, 2010 | Epic - Legacy

The 2011 U.K. release Greatest Hits rounds up 16 highlights from Good Charlotte’s three albums for Sony. All the group’s hits -- “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “Girls and Boys,” “The Anthem,” “Hold On,” “I Just Wanna Live,” “I Don’t Wanna Be in Love (Dance Floor Anthem),” “The River,” “Keep Your Hands Off My Girl,” “Predictable” -- are here, rubbing shoulders with a host of album tracks, all resulting in a good overview of the group’s post-millennial pop-punk. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 20, 2008 | Epic - Daylight

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Pop/Rock - Released January 14, 2001 | Epic - Daylight

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Rock - Released September 14, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Pop - Released October 5, 2004 | Epic - Legacy

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 15, 2016 | MDDN, LLC

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Pop - Released January 1, 2010 | Capitol Records

Ten years on from their debut, Good Charlotte jumped from Epic to Capitol, but more importantly, they decided to largely abandon the dance-punk nonsense of 2007’s Good Morning Revival for a time-honored back-to-basics move. They’ve returned to the bouncy punk-pop of their earliest years; they’re trying hard not to be blinded by the glittery lights of Hollywood; and they’re writing from the heart, hence the name Cardiology. Old habits do die hard, of course, and so do new ones: it doesn’t take long before the brothers Madden are writing fantasies of how “you’re my Bette Davis/I’m your Cary Grant”; by the end of the record, they’ve had an electronic relapse, dabbling chillouts and electronic rhythms. Ultimately, these are minor backslides in an album that revives the hook-happy punky pogo of Good Charlotte’s first albums while adding the new wrinkles, namely a willingness to indulge in pure power ballads and AAA pop, the latter in the form of the rose-tinted “1979,” an ode to the year of the Madden’s birth. “1979” may pander with its laundry list of classic rock albums, but it has the boldest hook here and is the leanest piece of pop, overshadowing the shellacked attempts to hold onto whatever footing at modern rock radio Good Charlotte still has. Maturity doesn’t necessarily suit the band -- there’s a natural, flat whine to Joel Madden’s voice that dooms him to eternal adolescence -- but every step Good Charlotte makes toward a comfortable middle age on Cardiology is a step that succeeds, producing music that resonates louder and longer than the flashy twaddle of Good Morning Revival. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 28, 2004 | Epic - Daylight

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 17, 2016 | MDDN, LLC

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Pop/Rock - Released October 25, 2007 | Epic - Daylight

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Ambient/New Age - Released December 8, 2017 | MDDN, LLC

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 5, 2016 | MDDN, LLC

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Rock - Released May 25, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rock - Released July 13, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rock - Released May 25, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 22, 2017 | MDDN Records LLC

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Rock - Released September 14, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

As they must to all men, the years have caught up to Good Charlotte, the punk-pop band who made their bones as snotty young brats. Facing their forties, Joel and Benji Madden turn both inward and outward on Generation Rx, a swift LP teeming with affirmations and anthems. Perhaps its title is a jab at a medicated generation, but the record also seems to be designed as healing: punk-pop as self-help. Indeed, the second song on Generation Rx is called "Self Help," and while the Maddens aren't entirely navel-gazing here, their rallying calls for bullied teens and broadsides against "thoughts and prayers" platitudes are rooted within the idea that empathy is preferable to sarcasm. Such earnestness means that Generation Rx can feel a little bit deliberate: it may be little more than half an hour but it feels a bit longer, because the tempos are moderate and the melodies studiously avoid effervescence. All the same, Generation Rx winds up showing a way forward for Good Charlotte: they haven't forgotten their adolescence, but instead of attempting to re-create those wild crazy days, they've chosen to act as the concerned big brothers showing there's a way out of the darkness. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Released August 31, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Pop - Released January 1, 2010 | Capitol Records