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Doesn't Quite Get It Right
on November 13, 2010
I wanted to love this album. When both Joel and Benji had made comments about getting back to their roots, and how Cardiology would not be dance-y like Good Morning Revival was, I allowed myself to hope.
In a way, the sound is more "Good Charlotte" than GMR was. I'll probably listen to this CD more than Good Morning Revival.
But something is missing. It doesn't seem to have the heart that Good Charlotte's earlier albums did. Several songs, such as "1979," "Silver Screen Romance," and "Counting The Days" have more of the old Good Charlotte type of sound and are fun enough to listen to. However, they feel almost forced, a little desperate. They don't seem to have the "natural" feel of classic Good Charlotte stuff. As simplistic as the music style on their self-titled CD was, it seemed very raw, true, and natural. Some of the music on Cardiology feels too much like they were trying to recapture a part of their past and it's just not there anymore. It tries a little too hard.
Added to that, a few of the songs seem like they belonged on GMR. "Like It's Her Birthday" and "Last Night" in particular stand out, and not in a good way. And then "Sex On The Radio" is just so silly and ridiculous (but not in an intentional, kitchy, tounge- in-cheek way), you feel embarrassed that anyone thought it was a quality enough song to put on the CD.
And then the intro and title track. The album opens with "Introduction to Cardiology." If nothing else, this should have been left out. Good Charlotte seems to think that because they did so on Young and the Hopeless, Chronicles, and GMR, they have to open a new CD with an intro, mostly instrumental track. But where it felt natural and suited the music on both Hopeless and Chronicles (and even though the music style is not my thing, the intro on GMR fit the tone of that CD as well) it felt forced and unnatural here. Like it was added simply because intros are what they do. The CD then closes with Cardiology, a full length version of the intro. It was hard enough to listen to as an intro, the full length song was way too much.
Why do I give this 3/5 overall? Well, in part because I can't do half-stars. I feel this is pretty much a 2 and 1/2 star album. My biggest complaint with this album is it just doesn't have the heart of the older stuff. But though I will pretty much always skip over a few songs, there are other songs that are catchy and fun to listen to.