Sound — 8
Good Charlotte's sound is something that not everyone likes. You either love it or you hate it. I love it, but not everyone will. Joel and Benji's voices go great with their punk/pop sound. The guitar riffs aren't that complex, but they sound good, simple as they are. They don't spend time on guitar solos and things like that, they seem to want to try to fill space with lyrics.
Lyrics — 8
POSITIVE - "The Anthem" talks about how the band doesn't want to be anything by themselves. "Lifestyles of the rich and the Famous" talks about how celebrities are always complaining about things when they have it so good. "Girls and Boys" makes the statement that "Girls and boys" are "losing their souls in a material world. "Hold on" incourages a friend to hold on through the tough times. "Emotionless" is a letter of forgiveness to Joel's and Benji's father for leaving them. NEGATIVE - the only negative message the album has is "bloody valentine." It talks bout how a guy his girl's new boyfriend.
Overall Impression — 10
Very good disc. Good lyrics, good sound, great cd. My favorite songs are "Girls and Boys," "The Anthem," and the title track. If you don't have the cd, go get it.