The Chronicles of Life and Death

With Good Charlotte's breakthrough album, "The Young and the Hopeless," the group was embraced by the "TRL" crowd, millions of teen girls and mainstream top 40 radio.

With Good Charlotte's breakthrough album, "The Young and the Hopeless," the group was embraced by the "TRL" crowd, millions of teen girls and mainstream top 40 radio. On new set "The Chronicles of Life and Death," the band takes its proven peppy rock sound to new heights. Lyrically, Good Charlotte is mostly still mulling over relationships, careers and the stuff that most young twentysomethings deal with—but God and death also make appearances. Catchy lead single "Predictable" won't throw fans for a loop, but other cuts take considerable sonic chances—with mostly winning results. "The Truth" and "Wounded" are somber, acoustic numbers, while the killer new-wavey "Ghost of You" utilizes strings to great effect. On the chugging, midtempo "We Believe," the chorus employs a great layered sound that elevates the song to a more artistic level.—KC