ALBUM REVIEW: Good Charlotte – Generation RX

Returning to their roots, Good Charlotte channel their nostalgic early punk-rock sound for their seventh studio album. ‘Generation RX’ is a brief but strong collection of songs that hears them focusing on self reflection and social commentary. The nine songs are perfectly introduced by the title track that builds up a synth-orchestral production that adds in moody drums before leading straight into the opening screams of ‘Self Help’. The honest track hears them confessing their insecurities and the way they’ve had to work through their dark thoughts. “I felt too bad about myself. I never thought I was good enough for anybody else. I couldn’t look love in the eye, I was too broken to try”. The uplifting song has them picking up their pieces and finding hope again and that’s what most of the album reflects upon. ‘Shadowboxer’, ‘Prayers’ and ‘Better Demons’ continues the nostalgic rock sound that delivers strong hooks and will become instant favourites in their live set. ‘Actual Pain’ is a heartbreaking track about addiction which was inspired by Lil Peep who was a big fan of the band. It’s a vey dark an confronting song which is also very important with the current state of the world. “All this pain I feel, that’s tearing me apart is what makes you real. Deep inside my heart”. The strip it back momentarily for ‘Cold Song’ before introducing the full band sound which is reminiscent of their early ballads. Closing the album with the hopeful ‘California (The Way I Love You)’ this track is dedicated to Joel Madden’s kids and gives the album a positive finish. This is by far the bands most rock orientated album in a long time and hears them leaving the pop influences to a minimum. This is also the most honest and genuine we’ve heard them as they address some very dark and real topics that their fans will truly relate to. 

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