Generation Rx represents both a new chapter and full circle moment for the group—brothers Joel [vocals] and Benji Madden [guitar, vocals], Billy Martin [guitar], Paul Thomas [bass], and Dean Butterworth [drums]. Powered by punk spirit, rock songcraft, and cinematic ambition, they retain the signature vitality and vulnerability of their formative years, while delivering an urgent, unafraid, and undeniable message befitting of two decades in the game.
Jen’s Review of Generation RX
Good Charlotte’s album Generation RX’ is an album that the world needs to hear right now. They go back to their emo pop punk roots in this pain fuelled album. The title references prescription medicine (RX) and was written after the funeral of the late rapper and good friend of theirs Lil Peep. The pre album reflection of whether or not they are doing their part for the crisis of our generation in regard to the opioid problem, led to writing songs that connect to the youth of today, just like they always have. There are many messages discussed and one main on is that life is worth fighting for.
The opening track of the album ‘Generation RX’ showcases the amazing vocals of the Maddens. It sets the theme for the album well. Where does our pain come from? It opened up a dialogue in my mind. Stifling the thought that if they had not had experienced that pain the world of music would be worse off. The sound of this song is different. Feelings of dread arise thinking that c’mon this is Good Charlotte! In hindsight I can see the purpose of track one now. Setting the theme and mood of the album.
Move to track two ‘Self Help’ and the spine starts to tingle. A feeling of relief that this song gives me hope that the album is going to be true pop punk. The Madden brothers certainly had a tough childhood we all know that. My favourite songs of theirs are about that struggle and overcoming the massive hurdles. ‘Self Help’ is a firm favourite of mine. Track 3 is ‘Shadow Boxer’. This song discusses what we can and can’t see about the pain we suffer and the pain we cause. This introspective song is about letting hate consumer us and how that cause pain.
The first release of Generation RX’ is track 4 ‘Actual Pain’. The pop punk sound is pleasing, and the lyrics makes me wonder how can they see inside my head and see the struggles I have. Incredible. Track 5 is called ‘Prayers’ and this explores the craziness of the world and in particular the US politics. Why does the government let people suffer but say that they will pray for them? This song touches on and asks questions like ‘why build a wall?’ to keep people out. ‘Prayers’ has a great meaning and the more I listen to it the more I get out of it. ‘Cold Song’ is a beautiful track that brings comfort and reflection. ‘Leech’ explores how religion in irrelevant in today’s society and how it actually makes things worse. ‘Better Demons’ is about being on our own as there is no God or Holy Spirit. We need to consider our demons and if we can’t get rid of them, start considering looking at the best that we have. The last track ‘California’ (The Way I Say I Love You)’ is an amazing song to conclude the album. It is looking how some things don’t change and we should focus on the good things. Focus on the ones that are important to us.
Overall, the album has the message which is: “You can get through the pain, survive it, and have the life you want.” Good Charlotte have written an album that keeps their vulnerability of their younger days and drawing on their years of experience that gives us a clear message. Discussions of today’s problems such as the drug problem, music idols dying too early, mass shootings and the general feeling of not being secure and loved.
Well done Good Charlotte. You have ticked all my boxes for an outstanding album. Crisis averted in my mind. You have returned.
Good Charlotte will return to the road in Europe and The UK for a massive tour kicking off February 1, 2019.
Prior to their February tour, Good Charlotte will appear at a number of festivals this summer. A complete list of upcoming live dates and ticket information can be found HERE.
GOOD CHARLOTTE LIVE DATES
May 26, 2018- Leeds, UK – Slam Dunk North
May 27, 2018 – Hatfield, UK – Slam Dunk South
May 28, 2018 – Birmingham, UK – Slam Dunk Midlands
May 31, 2018 – Vienna, Austria – Arena Open Air
June 01, 2018 – Nüremberg, Germany – Rock Im Park
June 03, 2018 – Nürburg, Germany – Rock Am Ring
October 13, 2018 – Puebla, Mexico – Comuna Festival
February 01, 2019 – Zürich, Switzerland – X-Tra
February 03, 2019 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
February 04, 2019 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
February 05, 2019 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium
February 07, 2019 – Brussels, Belgium – AB
February 08, 2019 – Paris, France – Zenith
February 09, 2019 – Offenbach, Germany – Stadthalle
February 11, 2019 – Prague, Czech Republic – Forum Karlin
February 12, 2019- Warsaw, Poland – Torwar
February 13, 2019 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahale
February 15, 2019 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
February 16, 2019 – Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle
February 18, 2019 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
February 20, 2019 – London, United Kingdom – Alexandra Palace