Review: “Generation Rx” offers new vulnerability

Good Charlotte

Good Charlotte releases "Generation Rx" Sept. 14, 2018.

Good Charlotte, a pop rock band established in 1996, released its seventh studio album “Generation Rx,” Sept. 14, 2018, just two years after their album “Youth Authority.”

In its latest album, the band goes into a deeper and more emotional connection than the last. The songs in this album refer to the pain and struggles the band goes through, along with the drug addiction problem society faces.

With “Actual Pain,” the lyrics have a deep meaning that deals with the opioid crisis in contemporary society. “Fought so hard, still I feel like I'm in chains. When I gave my heart, the darkness still remains.” Here, despite the fight, the person can’t escape from the chains (drug addiction) and still remains in the dark.

Another powerful song is “Prayers,” which addresses the use of prayer to combat the bad in the world. “Prayers, they don't mean a thing at all, do they answer when you call?”

From the whole album, “Leech” is the only song that features another artist. Architects’ lead singer, Sam Carter makes an appearance on the track. “Leech” is an insight of the relationship between band members, Joel and Benji Madden and their parents. The pair struggled growing up and this song opens up about it.

While every song has a dark sound to it, “California (The Way I Say I Love You),” has a more upbeat tune. In it, it’s saying there is always a home back in California and saying love hasn’t changed and never will. People can always count on the love.

Of the nine songs, “Cold Song” is the best. Lyrics “I want you to know, you're not alone, everything you are and everything you're not,” offer vulnerability. This song is here to tell fans they are not alone. Listeners may feel like they have no direction in life, but eventually life straightens itself and things get worked out. This song is powerful because of its meaning. It offers multiple perspectives and can be found relatable to some listeners.

Even though the songs have their own meaning, the album cover itself has one as well. The skeletal figures of the members depict what’s on the inside of a person. It encourages others to look past tattoos, piercings, clothing and other exterior features and these people are also human.

The band already released their North America tour schedule set to begin early October.

This album is the most genuine of Good Charlotte’s work. The band members express themselves with stories of personal struggles and problems in society. Listeners may be surprised by Good Charlotte’s new work.