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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Good Charlotte's popularity exploded in 2002, when the brash singles "Anthem" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous" catapulted them to the top of the punk-pop heap. Once there they couldn't be stopped, at least in part because they endorsed their pop side as much as their punk-derived image. When naysayers tried pointing out the music's lack of substance, Charlotte's irascible core -- tattooed brothers Benji and Joel Madden -- challenged them with the issue of "Boys and Girls," a vacuous yet irresistibly fizzy new wave-styled goof. The Chronicles of Life and Death, Good Charlotte's first post-fame album, uses that status as a loosely binding concept. The Maddens are unquestionably happy with their celebrity. But they've also realized that money won't always buy happiness, or heal their old scars. After an indulgent string section intro, the title track begins to the beep of a heart-rate monitor. "Money talks/In this world," Joel Madden sings the song's modified power pop strut. "That's what idiots will say/But you'll find out/That this world/Is just an idiot's parade." It's the jaded realization on the other side of "Lifestyles"' stardom-baiting. Whereas their previous effort was, with a few notable exceptions, boisterous punk-pop, Chronicles includes an echoing relationship-woe piano ballad ("The Truth"), the subdued "Ghost of You"'s synthesizers and vocal harmonies, and quirky keyboards and acoustic guitars in the lyrically bitter "The World Is Black" ("I can't live when this world keeps dying..."). Joel Madden has also matured since Young and the Hopeless -- his newly developed husky tenor suits him well on the more introspective material, but can still belt out the rousing punk-pop choruses of "Walk Away (Maybe)," "Predictable," and "Secrets." The album's best track might be its greatest departure. "I Just Wanna Live" is a punchy blend of power chords, string samples, and disco beats that features Madden rapping in a Nelly-inspired flow. For all their well-crafted ambition on Chronicles, "I Just Wanna Live" feels like Good Charlotte's centerpiece, since it's spiked with rock power, but gets its soul from the pop life they lead. [The Chronicles of Life and Death was also released in a DualDisc version.]
Entertainment Weekly - Michael Endelman
The eyelinered band has taken a giant leap forward -- in instrumental prowess, and in emotional and melodic scope. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969350423
  • Catalog Number: 93504

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Once Upon a Time: The Battle of Life and Death
  2. 2 The Chronicles Of Life and Death
  3. 3 Walk Away (Maybe)
  4. 4 S.O.S.
  5. 5 I Just Wanna Live
  6. 6 Ghost of You
  7. 7 Predictable
  8. 8 Secrets
  9. 9 The Truth
  10. 10 The World Is Black
  11. 11 Mountain
  12. 12 We Believe
  13. 13 It Wasn't Enough
  14. 14 In This World (Murder)
  15. 15 Meet My Maker
Disc 2
  1. 1 Once Upon a Time: the Battle of Life and Death
  2. 2 The Chronicles of Life and Death
  3. 3 Walk Away (Maybe)
  4. 4 S.O.S.
  5. 5 I Just Wanna Live
  6. 6 Ghost of You
  7. 7 Predictable
  8. 8 Secrets
  9. 9 The Truth
  10. 10 The World Is Black
  11. 11 Mountain
  12. 12 We Believe
  13. 13 It Wasn't Enough
  14. 14 In This World (Murder)
  15. 15 Meet My Maker
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Good Charlotte Primary Artist
Joel Madden Group Member
Benji Madden Group Member
Matt Radosevich Piano
Chikako Horii Vocals
Michele Ito Vocals
Chris Wilson Group Member
Paul Thomas Group Member
Billy Martin Group Member
Technical Credits
Jeffrey Frederick Producer
Stephen Jarvis Equipment Technician
Doug Sax Mastering
Eric Valentine Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Mastering
John Feldmann Composer, Guitar Engineer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Good Charlotte Arranger
Joel Madden Composer
Benji Madden Composer
Kryssy Bloch Creative Services Coordinator
Joseph Roeder Creative Services Coordinator
Domestic Dan Coloring
Eric Meller Creative Services Coordinator
Mike Nack Authoring
Marc Stecker Authoring
Matt Radosevich Programming, Engineer
Chikako Horii translation
Michele Ito translation
Richard J. Alcock Producer
Calvin Aurand Producer
Cheryl Frohlich Producer
Jacklyn Jablkowski Producer
Billy Martin Composer, Concept, Drawing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best cd of the year

    Good Charlotte has outdone themselves this cd appeals to everyone if you don t have it you better go get it

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