|Good Charlotte - Cardiology Review|
|12-01-2011 10:23 | 0 comment(s)|
| Good Charlotte burst on the scene ten years ago with their first two albums putting them on the fast-track to pop-punk royalty. The quintet followed up those successes with a near-miss and a strange dip into dance-rock. For their fifth effort, brothers Benji and Joel Madden and crew return to their roots for a straight-up rock album that lovingly recalls the days when Blink-182 ruled the radio with light-hearted, power-chord pumping tunes like "Sex On The Radio". There are a few unfortunate remnants of the last album, like the pulsating synth of "Let The Music Play" and odd computer distorted vocals in the middle of "Silver Screen Romance", but they are used sparingly enough not to ruin otherwise solid songs.
There is a good natured spirit to all of the songs on the album, infusing a bit of humor into post-breakup "Counting The Days". Sunny, strutting riffs push the harmonized melodic vocals coming to grips with an on-again-off-again failed relationship. It serves as a reminder of how great the band is at nailing the pop-punk sound. Jangling "There She Goes" finds Joel Madden longing for an old flame that now wants nothing to do with him post-fame.
Guitar-fuelled "Like It's Her Birthday" starts heading down a darker path, with questions of infidelity, before it turns into a sweet feel-good tune about finding your girlfriend uninhibited on the dance floor for the first time. The galloping synth of next morning anthem "Last Night" is as close as they get to glossy pop fare, but the shout-a-long hook and enjoyable verses, piecing together the alcohol drenched evening, make for irresistible listening. This lovestruck collection is a welcome return to form that should restore fans' faith in the band.