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The Young and the Hopeless Enhanced

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Despite the piercings and spiky hairdos of Good Charlotte frontmen Joel and Benji Madden, the filth and the fury of punk are not in evidence on The Young and the Hopeless. Rather, Good Charlotte lean toward the sunny power pop favored by the lighter Huntingdon Beach, California, outfits. Nevertheless, with the title track and "The Anthem" ("I'm just a minor threat"), the band appeals directly to high-school outsiders. Relationship problems are delved into in "Wondering" and "Say Anything," and they even find space to explore comic horror with "My Bloody Valentine." So they're not as intense or enraged as the hardcore likes of Black Flag or even Linkin Park. But the undeniably strong melodies this bunch comes up with have plenty of appeal on their own terms. --Dominic Wills

1. A New Beginning
2. The Anthem
3. Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous
4. Wondering
5. The Story of My Old Man
6. Girls & Boys
7. My Bloody Valentine
8. Hold On
9. Riot Girl
10. Say Anything
11. The Day that I Die
12. The Young and Hopeless
13. Emotionless
14. Movin On

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00006J6VG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,948 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By megan on October 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Good Charlotte's 1998 release was pretty impressive. This CD, though, has quite obviously come a long way from there. To give you an idea, I'll break it down track by track and rate each song:
1. A New Beggining - A short instrumental, it has no lyrics, so -0/0
2. The Anthem - A powerful, pretty typical punk rock anthem about not conforming. Pretty good - 4/5
3. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous - The single that's getting the airplay. Pretty eclectic, well-produced - 5/5
4. Wondering - A simple, cute song that Benji wrote about his dog, Ca$hdog. Fun, and really catchy chorus - 4/5
5. The Story of My Old Man - Fast, fun song, about one of the band's favorite topics, their dad who left them - 5/5
6. Girls & Boys - Probably my least favorite track. It's simple, but not outstanding, but still good - 3/5
7. My Bloody Valentine - Despite its pretty graphic subject matter, it's really well done and sweet - 5/5
8. Hold On - Definitely my favorite. Very gripping, touching, powerful ballad that EVERYONE can relate to - 5/5
9. Riot Girl - Cute, fun, fast song dedicated to all the girls who love Good Charlotte - 4/5
10. Say Anything - A semi-sad song that leaves you sympathizing with Joel the whole way through - 4/5
11. The Day that I Die - Another song about death. What brings it down is the fact that it's so melancholy - 4/5
12. The Young and the Hopeless - The title track, obviously. An honest and poignent declaration - 5/5
13. Emotionless - The much more meaningful "Dad" song. Very sad, makes you very sympathetic but still rocks - 5/5
14. Movin' On- A great way to end a great CD. Upbeat song about the future with positive vibes - 5/5
Overall, GC has come a very long, good way. You can tell how much they've been through on this CD, and it really makes you see just how much they've learned since the first CD and just how much they've grown musically. All their fans WON'T be disappointed!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Having been a fan of Good Charlotte for almost five years when this record came out, I was really excited to hear something new from one of my favorite bands ever. For the most part, I wasn't disappointed. I'm just going to go through each track and rate it out of five.
A New Beginning- A really interesting way to start the record. The first time I heard it when my friend sent me a copy on the computer, I thought it was spooky. I like it though. They do it live for some reason, which doesn't make much sense to me because it has no words, but whatever. 4/5
The Anthem- One of my favorite songs by them. Great lyrics, upbeat, and it makes me laugh when Joel goes "Shake it three times you're playing with yourself again." Don't ask. But if you know anything about Joel and his crotch grabbing you might get it. 5/5
Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous- I heard this song when they released it as their single and right before it was on MTV. It was good but then MTV killed it. Possibly my least favorite song by them. 3/5
Wondering- "This song is about Cashdogg!" I think this song is really good, I like the beat, I like the chorus, and I like the vocals. 5/5
Story of My Old Man- This song is another great one on the album. The chorus on this one is really good, the story it tells is good. It's kinda fast paced but not as fast paced as some others. I like it. 5/5
Girls & Boys- This is a really really different one for GC. It's kind of new wavey which I like, and it's funny as hell to picture them all in the 80s, but I feel like this song is kinda stupid. It's pretty good though. 4/5
My Bloody Valentine- This song is awesome. I love it. It scares the hell out of my mom.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm trying to figure out what image Good Charlotte are trying to sell. The band itself looks extremely hardcore, with spiked hair, mohawks and tattoos. the cd case looks gothic and creepy. It scared my parents i kid you not. But the music is fast fun, pop/punk that in no way relates to any of the images the band tries to sell. The music isnt bad, but some of it is kind of uninspired. And just to go on the record Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous is maybe one of the worst songs I've ever heard. Not because i dont like it, but because most of the things they sing about as a bad thing i'd bet they do. After they sold their souls to MTV, they do live the lifestyle of the rich & famous. Also I wish Joel would stop singing about being poor, especially since he isnt anymore. there are other topics to be tackled. However, I do like songs like Bloody Valentine, which adresses a feeling I know I've had before, but never acted on. Also, fun songs like Riot Girl and The Anthem are catchy and fun to listen to. I even like the young and the hopeless to some degree. I know im being kinda harsh, but i was a huge fan of their first album, of which every single song was 5-star calibur. I guess I was hoping for something to beat that, and didnt really get it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Laura Kay on October 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In a time when music is being overproduced and trying to have the best radio-ready songs massproduced to millions on teens there's a breath of fresh air. Good Charlotte is too hard to catagorize into just a single catagory as they write n preform from their hearts. Some songs are super punk *the anthem*, some songs are emo *wondering*, and others are catchy "pop-punk" songs like lifestyles of the rich & famous that are blowing up all ova the radio and trl. Yet all songs have something very in comon, they all show through raw emotions to a larger picture. These Maryland guys seem to have more on their mind then blonde gurls and fast pimped-out cars. This is what sets them apart from the other punk contenders that also are musically and lyrically gifted like blink 182, New Found Glory or Simple Plan. Also with listening to GC's "the Yound and the Hopeless" you can feel their energy as if you were listening to them live with thousands of other people just like you jumping to the music and singing along. So go out and buy this cd! It's a great cd to lift your spirits even on the cloudiest of days.
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who cares if it's "punk" or not? It's fun music. Who cares what it's classified is? Jesus, some people can be so uptight.
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