Even though this past month was marked by lovely friends, beaches and laughter, I feel like the time has come to get back to writing and start immersing myself in the entertainment bubble again. But before I do, there is one album I haven’t discussed yet and I am dying to write about.
I’m referring to Good Charlotte’s Youth Authority, the band’s first record in almost six years, which was released mid-July. In case you’re wondering if that’s the album the music world desperately needs in 2016, I can assure you it’s not. That doesn’t mean it’s not special, though.
Let me explain; you’ll probably never find Youth Authority topping the charts like Blink 182’s California recently did, and that’s ok. Good Charlotte have been away for a long time and no one ever guaranteed a comeback with a bang. But for a true GC fan, this record will feel like home.
All you need is a little edge and that oh-so-sweet dose of nostalgia to make a pop-punk record work, and that’s definitely what’s going on here. The band are clearly going back to their roots, which was already evident through the first singles, Makeshift Love and 40 oz. Dream.
But this is more than just another GC album from the ‘00s. From sentimental ballads like Stray Dogs and Cars Full of People to pop-punk anthems like Life Changes and The Outfield, Good Charlotte have managed to sound familiar without being outdated.
Pop punk is surely not dead and this record is a proof of that. When Sum 41 get heavier with every record, Simple Plan get a bit more retro and Blink get even ‘catchier’ and more successful after losing Tom (good for them), GC stick to their guns and keep us warm inside.
So, to return to my point, I’m not so sure the music world needs another full-of-nostalgia, back-to-roots pop-punk album that celebrates the personal and musical growth of the band members. It’s the fans who need it, though, and they are the whole reason behind each and every one of Good Charlotte’s music choices.
Backed by pop-punk legend and producer John Feldmann and under the roof of GC’s own label, it’s only natural that Youth Authority speaks to our pop-punk hearts more than any other ‘reunion album’ would. And if you’re not a fan and you don’t get it, that’s ok. I still believe it’s enough to make someone’s summer ten times more fun, just as it did with mine.
So here’s to an equally fun-filled September and may the last few months of 2016 slowly restore all that this year has taken from us. I’m pretty sure life can get much better but perhaps Good Charlotte know best. Count your blessings, prepare for new beginnings and the rest will hopefully fall into place.