Joel Madden says that "we wanted to kind of reinvent Good Charlotte a little bit" on the band's fourth album, "Good Morning Revival."Of course, some might say that goes against the ain't broke/don't f

Joel Madden says that "we wanted to kind of reinvent Good Charlotte a little bit" on the band's fourth album, "Good Morning Revival."Of course, some might say that goes against the ain't broke/don't fix it rule. But Madden says the band was driven to make the new set, due this week via Daylight/Epic, "another leap forward in what we can do."

"It's not overly ambitious, I don't think. It's more about us allowing ourself to just do anything that felt good," the singer explains. "It was very natural and organic, just kind of giving ourselves the freedom to be Good Charlotte and really allow ourselves to do what we wanted without being too contrived and 'Oh, look how much we've grown.' It's not about that at all. It's more about inventing a new sound for ourselves and still sounding like Good Charlotte."

The buoyant, driving "Victims of Love" -- with verses that Madden says "sound a little Duran Duran-y" -- is one of several different directions Good Charlotte heads on "Good Morning Revival." The overall sound of the album is fuller and uses keyboards more prominently. Joel Madden's DJ'ing and the rap productions the twins did under their Dead Presidents moniker also brought a different kind of groove sensibility to some of the songs. Notably, they include "Keep Your Hands Off My Girl," which was leaked as a viral single in the fall, "Dance Floor Anthem" and "March On," the album's closing track that Madden says was inspired a bit by the Cardigans' "Love Fool."

"It's a very pop record in the sense of the songs and a lot of the sounds," notes Madden, who claims none of the songs were inspired by his recently ended relationship with singer/actress Hilary Duff. "There's more of a pop sensibility than any record we've made, I think."

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