In 2010 Good Charlotte released, Cardiology. Less than a year later the band announced that they were going on a hiatus. Things were very quiet for a long time. Many thought that that was it, Good Charlotte were done. However, towards the end of 2015, they announced an end to their hiatus. Fast forward eight months, the boys are back in town with their sixth album, Youth Authority.
The album opens with the pop punk fused “Life Changes”. “Life Can’t get much better” is another pop punk song, both of these songs have a lyrically mature feel to them. Then there are the singles “Makeshift love” and “40oz dream”. Their collaboration with Sleeping with Sirens’ Kellin Quinn on “Keep swingin” is surprisingly good. They also collaborate with Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil on “Reason to stay”. “Stray dogs” slows things down and sounds more indie than pop punk. “The outfield” is another catchy as hell song but the lyrics scream old school Good Charlotte. “War” is probably one of the best tracks on the album. “Stick to your guns” is a small interlude that showcases their talents as musicians. The album finishes off on a positive note with “Moving on”, although this should not be confused with the final track on their 2002 album “The young and the hopeless” album.
While it is good to have Good Charlotte back, they sound very similar to previous releases. They are not as heavy as they have been but, it feels as if they are trying to create something similar to what Cardiology was. While lyrically they have grown and their songs are about more mature topics, instead of the teen angst that was felt for years, they still sound the same. However, overall it is a decent comeback album. It shows that not only have they grown lyrically but also instrumentally as well. Considering this is some sort of a comeback album, there is no WOW factor.
Download Youth Authority https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/youth-authority-bonus-track/id1098277639