Sound — 8
The Young and the Hopeless is blantantly mainstream pop-punk. However, the fact of the matter is that people need to look past their prejudices and listen to the acutal MUSIC. When you do this Good Charlotte are sounding fresh, catchy and hummable and thats all. If you think you're a big-shot alternative music lover who disses any thing that makes the top 40 then don't buy the album, but if you're free enough to listen to music that you like, go and get it.
Lyrics — 6
I think lyrically Good Charlotte are very calculated but once again if you can switch off it's not bad. The fact that they relentlessly try and appeal to the 'uncool' minority (majority?) of society is a little too blatant for my liking. It makes they sound very produced, as though they are there to lock into a nice market. More 'real' bands like Everclear write an album of songs about drugs and manic depression not the usual girls and parents. Pop-punk, however tends to dictate that lyrics will be about school girls and parents so Good Charlotte aren't going to far off the norm. Overall not bad but a little to calculating.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall I think this is a good album if you're willing to silence your inner cynic and just take in the feel of the music. If you can't or won't don't bother, you'll jsut end up pissed off. So buy the alubm if the you like the music, don't buy it if you hate the band. Peace Out